May 8th, 4:30 to 6pm (Room to be announced shortly)

Sharon Walker, a doctoral candidate, will be engaging participants in the
following question in order to engage with significant theoretical
discussions about the place of race in the conceptual underpinnings of the
‘social contract’ (see full description below). All welcome and do come
along to this CPGJ cluster event and bring your friends, peers and
colleagues.

Is the social contract a racial contract and does it matter?

In this session we will consider Charles W Mills’ theorising of race at the
heart of the social contract, which he describes as the racial contract. He
attempts to show that far from being neutral with respect to race, that
discussions of the social contract as exemplified by political and moral
philosophers such as Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau, are in fact infused with
notions of race by assuming white people and white social relations. Mills’
reflections are helpful in informing understandings of how racism operates
in societies.

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