Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice

CSSGJ Annual Lecture

Annual Lecture 2017

For more information about this years' annual lecture with Ben Selwyn, taking place Monday 27 November, please visit The Struggle for Development.


Previous Annual Lectures

Annual Lecture 2015

The annual lecture for 2015 was co-organised with the Centre for Research in Race and Rights and the Rights and Justice research priority area. The lecture was delivered by Onora O'Neill, Baroness of Bengarve on Monday 30 November 2015, with the title 'Positivism, Pluralism and the Justifications of Human Rights'. Read the lecture summary.

Annual Lecture 2014

Paul Gilroy, Professor of American and English Literature at King's College London and author of Black Atlantic and After Empire, delivered the CSSGJ Annual Lecture for 2014 on Thursday 11 December. He spoke on 'Justice and the racial nomos or how should we write the history of antiracism?'

Annual Lecture 2013

Michael Burawoy from the University of California, Berkeley delivered the CSSGJ Annual Lecture on 16 January 2014 on 'Social Movements in the Neoliberal Age'.

Listen to Michael Burawoy's lecture here: 

Read Adam Morton’s summary of the lecture and his related blog post on Sociological Marxism.

Annual Lecture 2012

The CSSGJ Annual Lecture for 2012 was given by Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin, York University, Canada, on 16 November 2012. The lecture was titled 'The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire'.

Annual Lecture 2011

Samir Amin, Director of the Third World Forum in Dakar, Senegal presented the CSSGJ 2011 Annual Lecture on 'The Trajectory of Historical Capitalism', on 1 December. 

Annual Lecture 2010

Professor Siba Grovogui of John Hopkins University gave 2010’s CSSGJ Annual Lecture on 2 December 2010.

Professor Grovogui is a major figure in contemporary International Relations, International Law and Postcolonial Studies and was a senior judge in Guinea prior to becoming an academic. Undeterred by the snow, Professor Grovogui gave a stimulating lecture on international relations theories and the question of race politics. The audience numbers were impressive despite the atrocious weather.

The annual lecture was accompanied by a workshop on the international politics of race which included Robbie Shilliam, Laura Brace and Sarah Knock. Professor Grovogui also gave an informal talk to students the following day. This was followed by an engaging interview, in which Siba Grovogui discussed the experiences that fostered his interest in international relations, international law and race.

Annual Lecture 2009

The CSSGJ Annual Lecture for 2009 took place on 3 December 2009. The lecture was presented by Professor Philip McMichael, who is a Professor of Development Sociology at The Polson Institute, Cornell University, his presentation was titled Rethinking Social Justice in an Age of Crisis.

Annual Lecture 2008

Hilary Wainwright, Editor of Red Pepper Magazine, gave the CSSGJ Annual Lecture for 2008 on 27 November. The CSSGJ Annual Lecture for 2009 took place on 3 December, 2009. She spoke on the subject, 'If Not Capitalism, What?'

40 minutes of presentation were followed by a further 40 minutes of intensive discussion about the possible ways forward for the left in Britain today. In her presentation, Hilary Wainwright assessed that the old neo-liberal order is in severe crisis and its leaders in a state of uncertainty and even confusion. But those struggling to help a new order to be born are not prepared.  Preparedness involves organisation and popular mobilisation around proposals which defend people’s living standards and livelihoods against attempts to resolve the crisis at their expense. But it is also about grasping a moment when those with power are wobbling on their back foot, and being politically bold and institutionally imaginative to build the necessary self-confidence to construct the basis of a new order as we resist.

Annual Lecture 2007

The CSSGJ Annual Lecture for 2007 was given on 6 December by Gerald Cohen, titled 'A Truth in Conservatism'.

Gerald A. Cohen is Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of All Souls College. He is a leading theorist of the school of ‘Analytical Marxism’, and his many publications include the books:

  • Karl Marx's Theory of History: a Defence (winner of the Isaac Deutscher Memorial Prize, and recently republished in a new edition)
  • Self-ownership, Freedom, and Equality
  • If You're an Egalitarian, How Come You're So Rich?

Annual Lecture 2006

The 2006 Annual Lecture was presented by Professor David Harvey, City University New York.




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