Raced Markets Workshop Programme

– In Collaboration –

University of Warwick|Queen Mary University of London

With support from the Warwick IPE Cluster, the Rethinking the Market ESRC Project and the School of Politics and IR, QMUL

Raced Markets: An Interdisciplinary Workshop on the International Political Economy of Race and Racialisation, University of Warwick, 10-11 December 2015

Critical IPE scholars have built up an admirable body of work around the productions and functions of gender and class within the global political economy, and yet the discipline has been much less attentive to the productions and economic functions of race. In response, the Raced Markets workshop is intended as a disciplinary intervention, in part to explore and assess the ways in which race is foundationally implicated in the study of political economy. The project draws together researchers, activists, and artists concerned with how racial power functions in the global economy; how race, class, and gender are cultivated in relation to one another; how racial economies of migration develop; how modes of coloniality and austerity articulate with processes of racialisation; and how race operates in processes of dispossession and accumulation. The workshop will explore how racial economies have been produced from diverse empirical sites and intellectual traditions, as well as how empowered responses are being enacted from within racialised communities. The result will be a productive conversation among diverse intellectuals around global racial economies and the present potential for epistemic and social justice.

Day 1, Thursday 10 December, 2015

10.00-10.15 Coffee

10.15-10.45 Introduction

10.45 – 12.15 Panel: The Politics and Economics of Race and Belonging (Chaired by Chris Clarke, Warwick)

Gurminder Bhambra (Warwick): Empire, Race, and Citizenship: Questioning European Histories of Belonging

Rick Saull (QMUL): Neoliberalism and the Far-Right: A Contradictory Embrace

Helen Anderson (Warwick): Migration, ‘Race’ and Economic Integration:  The case of the highly skilled visible professionals in Canada


12.15- 13.15 Lunch

13.15 – 14.30 Conversation: Genes, Cells, and Economics (facilitated by Lisa Tilley, Warwick)

Ros Williams (Warwick): Black cells sell? – Rarity, value and the UK stem cell bioeconomy

Sibille Merz (Goldsmiths): ‘Bridging’ Difference? On the Racial Economy of Global Drug Development

14.30-15.00 Coffee

15.00-16.00 Activism and Media Café

Led by Zita Holbourne National Co-Chair Black Activists Rise Against the Cuts (BARAC) and Joel Lazarus (Warwick)

16.00 – 17.15 Conversation:  Thinking Race Through Economics (facilitated by Robbie Shilliam, QMUL)

Matthew Watson (Warwick): Robinson Crusoe and the Raced Market Frame of Orthodox Economics Textbooks

John Holmwood (Nottingham): Provincialising Polanyi; rethinking labour and political economy


Day 2, Friday 11 December, 2015

9.00-9.30 Coffee

9.30-10.45 Conversation: Race and Economies of Migration (facilitated by Lena Rethel, Warwick)

Prem Kumar Rajaram (CEU): Refugees as Surplus Populations in Europe

Andrew Baldwin (Durham): Resilience and race, or climate change adaptation and the uninsurable migrant

10.45-11.00 Coffee

11.00 – 12.30 Panel: Race in the Discipline, Institution, and Society (chaired by Amanda Chisholm, Newcastle)

Paulina de los Reyes (Stockholm) Irene Molina (Uppsala): Neoliberal deregulation and racialization in Sweden

Matthias Kranke (Warwick): Dubious Development Dreams: An Intersectionality Gap in World Bank Discourses?

Amanda Earley (Leicester): Rethinking International Marketing: From a Business Discipline to Political Economy of Racialised Imperialism

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 Panel: Aesthetics, Exclusions, Identities. 

Karen Wilkes (Birmingham City): White femininity, post-feminism and the creation of lucrative identities within the neoliberal market

Márton Rövid: Solidarity, Citizenship, Democracy: Intersecting Forms of Exclusion of Roma

Cheraine Donalea Scott (Westminster): The burden of being cool: Why are popular representations of cool tied to a black cultural aesthetic. And how does a globalized popular representation of blackness impact the identity and cultural production of black Britain?

15.00-15.30 Coffee

15.30 – 16.30 Decolonial Arts Café with Simmi Dullay (University of South Africa)

16.30 – 17.00 Reflections / Future Plans


how does racial power work in the global economy?

The Raced Markets project draws together research which broadly addresses this core question and also variously seeks to answer the following:

Can the global financial crisis be seen as a raced event? How is Black power enacted through the economy? How does race function in processes of dispossession, accumulation, and appropriation? How is poverty politically produced along racial lines? How does deprived space give meaning to racialised bodies? How does race work through emerging bioeconomies of genes and cells? How is race foundationally implicated in the discipline of Political Economy? How are race, gender, and class produced in relation to one another? How much is whiteness worth? How does racial power operate through economies of migration? What is the relationship between race and enclosure?