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Book on Race and Law in Germany

Race in the Shadow of Law: State Violence in Contemporary Europe was published in 2016  with Routledge. The book's ethnographic and socio-legal analysis uses Germany as a focal point for analysing racial profiling, the 2005 death-in-custody of Sierra Leone-born asylum applicant Oury Jalloh, and Black-led anti-racism activism.  

Indenture Project: Kaala Paani and the Archive

From the late 1830s until 1917, South Asians and East Asians were indentured to work in British, Dutch and French colonies.  In Jamaica, this was, in particular, a means to prop up the sugar industry  after the abolition of slavery.  How do we tell the stories of indenture, using archival documents, family and ancestral memory, and legal or administrative histories?  This is the subject of my current book project.  Research for this project has been conducted at six archives in four countries.  The project has been supported by a guest fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History.  


News & Upcoming Events

20 May 2018
I will be at the Tate Modern in conversation with curators, artists and thinkers on James Baldwin's essay "Price of the Ticket," hosted by 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning and the Tate Exchange.  The essay is published in a beautiful trio of essays, in Darker Days (Penguin).

Past Events

17 May 2018
I will be attending the launch of We Mark Your Memory: Writings from the Descendants of Indenture, in which I have a short poem.  The launch is 6:30 - 8:30 at the Migration Museum in Lambeth.  Spaces are limited, so do register early.

23, 24 & 25 April 2018
I'm delighted to be delivering a paper on deaths in custody in the UK and Germany at the Black Communities Conference in Durham, North Carolina. 

13 & 14 April 2018
I'll be speaking on a roundtable on legal and civil remedies to racial injustice at the Transatlantic Approaches to Racial Equality conference at the University of Cincinnati Law School.