History Matters

 

July 2019, Oxford

 

In this talk, I address currently influential arguments about the movement of populations and economic inequalities, arguments which reproduce forms of political domination whose origins lie in a European colonialism that goes unacknowledged. What is most worrying is that these arguments are made by analysts who present themselves as liberal and progressive at the same time as they legitimise nationalist populism. I argue that any effective address of global inequality will require an understanding of the colonial histories that have produced it.