CLEAR Faculty Fellow nominated for 2023 British Academy Book Prize

Kris Manjapra, one of four Center for Law, Equity and Race (CLEAR) Faculty Fellows, has been shortlisted for the 2023 British Academy Book Award for his latest title, Black Ghost of Empire: The Long Death of Slavery and the failure of Emancipation.

Awarded annually since 2013, the British Academy’s non-fiction book prize recognizes work that searches for truth and reason in difficult places, and shines a light on the connections and divisions that shape cultural identity worldwide. A shortlist event will be held Oct. 30 in London, where Manjapra will be joined by the other five nominees, to meet and discuss global issues with award-winning journalist Rosie Goldsmith.

Black Ghost of Empire is a comparative study of global emancipation processes and the implications for the reparations movement today.

Kris Manjapra is the Stearns Trustee Professor of History and Global Studies in the departments of History and Cultures, Societies and Global Studies. Professor Manjapra works at the intersection of transnational history and the critical study of race and colonialism. His research interests are in global Black Studies, the African diaspora, the modern Caribbean, and modern South Asia. He is founder of Black History in Action. He is the author of five books.

As a 2023-2024 CLEAR Faculty Fellow, Manjapra will continue his exploration of reparations, the human rights landscape in which claims and defenses are situated, as well as grassroots forms of community legal action.

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