Lecture: "Left Transnationalism: The Communist International and the National, Colonial, and Racial Questions"

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16:00, Thursday 5 Aug 2021 (1 hour 30 minutes)
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In this lecture, Dr. Oleksa Drachewych will discuss the volume he recently edited with Dr. Ian McKay. Left Transnationalism: The Communist International and the National, Colonial, and Racial Questions was published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Comintern. The volume highlights the different approaches interwar communists took in responding to issues of race, colonialism and national identity. As the lecture will show, by bringing together leading and emerging scholars on the Communist International, individual communist parties, and national and colonial questions, the collection moved beyond the hyperpoliticized scholarship of the Cold War era and re-energized the field. Contributors focused on transnational diasporic and cultural networks, comparative studies of key debates on race and anti-colonialism, the internationalizing impulse of the movement, and the evolution of communist platforms through transnational exchange. Essays further emphasized the involvement of communist and socialist parties across Canada, Australia, India, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Latin America, South Africa, and Europe.

This event is sponsored by McGill-Queen's University Press

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University of Western Ontario
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