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UCLA CMRS | Ancient and Modern Categories: How Historians Formulate Race

January 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A lecture by CMRS-CEGS Associate Yonatan Binyam, President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics, Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies.
In this talk, Dr. Binyam reviews some of the objections against premodern race studies and clarifies some of the arguments, models, and approaches utilized in the field. More specifically, he presents race-making as a comparative category to analyze modes of social formation in antiquity, illustrating the value that premodern race studies hold for the study of the ancient Mediterranean world in general and the history of early Christianity in particular.
The lecture is part of the UCLA Experimental Critical Theory Program (ECT), hosted by the Department of Comparative Literature, and co-directed by Giulia Sissa (Political Science/Classics) and Zrinka Stahuljak (Comparative Literature/ELTS). https://ect.humspace.ucla.edu/
Co-sponsored by the CMRS Center for Early Global Studies.