Race, class, and imperialism – Akala

Akala took a historical look at the development of racism and race science in the context of class development and European Imperialism for this lecture (Friday 18 October 2019) at the Prokhorov Centre. The event was attended by 400 people.


About our speaker

Akala is a BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip-hop artist, writer and social entrepreneur, as well as the co-founder of The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company.

His five albums include DoubleThink (2010) and Knowledge Is Power (2015); among his best-known rap songs is "Comedy Tragedy History".

Akala is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire (2018) and in 2019 presented a BBC Four television documentary on Homer's Odyssey. Akala has gained a reputation as one of the most dynamic and articulate talents in the UK.

Get in touch

Prokhorov Centre
University of Sheffield
School of Languages and Cultures
Jessop West Building
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield S3 7RA

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