Quilting Points

Join us at the twelfth consecutive year of Quilting Points, an interdisciplinary study group where this year we will be focusing on Black Radical theorist Cedric Robinson.

Quilting Points is an established interdisciplinary seminar group that is run by Postgraduate Researchers across the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures, with the aim of pursuing a sustained and in-depth approach to interdisciplinary critical thought.

The group focuses on reading and discussing the work of one cultural theorist in meetings and events throughout the year.

This year we have chosen to focus on Black Radical theorist Cedric Robinson. Robinson has risen to increased prominence in the last few years partly due to the 2021 republication of his 1983 classic Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition by Penguin Books. This is also because of the purchase that some of his concepts such as ‘racial capitalism’ and the ‘Black Radical Tradition’ have had within activist communities around the Black Lives Matter movement.

Our reading group will provide an opportunity to look at this work in-depth but also to situate it in the context of Robinson’s entire oeuvre, taking in other concepts such as the ‘terms of order’ and ‘racial regimes’.

More information

Students at any level of study are welcome to join us at any point throughout the year, as each session will be stand-alone. No prior attendance or experience necessary.

This year's meetings will take place in-person, largely on the last Thursday of the month, but please check the Quilting Points blog for alterations and further details.

The directors for this year are Poonam Sharma (School of English), Jack Rondeau (School of English) and Owen Atkinson (School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies).


Cedric Robinson, UCSB professor, addresses the rally. Photo by Doc SearlsCC BY-SA 2.0 Deed | Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic | Creative Commons.