Queen Victoria Statue

Discussing how early colonial endeavours were motivated and sustained by a process of differentiation under the guise of standard

  • 10 August 2020
  • 9 min read

Chaired by Leila Choukroune, Professor of International Law and Director of the University of Portsmouth Thematic Area in Democratic Citizenship, and presented by Dr. Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan, LL.M. (Maastricht University), Ph.D. (NUI Galway)

The talk discusses how early colonial endeavours were motivated and sustained by a process of differentiation under the guise of standard of civilisation. The early colonisers were motivated and driven by a capitalist impulse, which required a racialisation: slavery, science, plantation, policing and emergency regulations were reinforcing each other. To this end, race and capitalism are interconnected - the growth of Empire needed the impetus of differentiation to prosper. Early international law helped to set the stage for the rise of Empire.

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