Beginning with colonialization, race has had a profound influence in local and global socioeconomic relations. Nevertheless, when discussing race we often focus on local interactions within nations whose diverse racial populations have had noticeable tensions (e.g. the United States and South Africa). This seminar explores these dynamics but also examines the historical roots of race, the role race played in colonization and the transatlantic slave trade, how colonial legacies and globalization perpetuate the racial hierarchy in nations with little racial diversity, and how migration and international relations continue to shape and reshape a global conception of the racial order. As students explore how the racial hierarchy is manifest in various ways around the world, they will be encouraged to consider how the fight for racial justice can be both local and global.

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