What’s Happening in Black British History? II
Liverpool University 19th Feb 2015
Call for Papers
On 30 October 2014, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies launched a new series of workshops on Black British History with a highly successful event at Senate House in London, which attracted over 100 participants. The aim of the series is to foster a creative dialogue between researchers, educationalists (mainstream and supplementary), archivists and curators, and policy makers. It seeks to identify and promote innovative new research into the history of people of African origin or descent in the UK, and to discuss the latest developments in the dissemination of that history in a wide variety of settings including the media, the classroom and lecture hall, and museums and galleries.
We are delighted to announce that the second workshop in the series will take place at the University of Liverpool in the Lecture Theatre of the Victoria Gallery & Museum on Thursday 19th Feb 2015. It will be hosted by the University of Liverpool and co-sponsored by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the University’s BME Staff Network. We would like to invite offers of presentations.
While we are potentially interested in a broad range of subjects relating to Black British History, we are particularly keen to include a number of topics that were suggested at the previous workshop, or that we wish to develop further. These are:
Gender, particularly histories of Black British women and the LGBT community;
Education, with a particular emphasis on how to improve the coverage of black British history in schools, colleges and universities. Presentations from those actively involved in creating teaching resources would be particularly welcome;
Sport, as a microcosm of the broader politics of race and the construction of black identities;
Creative and Cultural Interpretations of Black British History, considering how these histories can be communicated in Art, Literature & Music;
Emancipation, examining the agency of Black people in challenging physical and mental slavery and oppression.
Local History, and specifically the history of Liverpool.
The workshop will run from 11am to 6.30pm, followed by a reception. It will consist of three panels and a concluding round table discussion. Each panel will consist of three presentations lasting for 15-20 minutes. Please submit a title and a brief description of your presentation either in writing (in which case, of no more than 300 words) or in some other form (for example a clip or podcast) with an indication of which panel you envisage contributing to, to Miranda Kaufmann at firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 January 2015.
We welcome individual proposals from researchers, educationalists, archivists and curators. In addition, we would be happy to consider proposals for a complete panel. The panel should have a coherent unifying theme, either relating to one of the themes mentioned above, or one of your own choice, and the proposal should include the abstracts of three related presentations and the names and affiliations of the presenters. We would also be interested in providing A-level students with an opportunity to give presentations on projects relating to Black British History.