What's Happening in Black History? Transnational Workshop

October 14, 2020 - 10:30am to 6:00pm [AST -04:00]

14 October 2020, 10.30am - 6.00pm

Institute of Commonwealth Studies






10.30 am         Political Activism and transnational solidarity

‘Early pan-African endeavours in the black Atlantic world, 1890-1912’, David Killingray (ICwS).

‘Militant Diaspora: The International African Service Bureau and the Caribbean Labour Rebellions’, Kesewa John (University of Chichester).

‘The West Indian Federation and the Caribbean diaspora in Britain’, Ellie Kramer-Taylor (KCL).


‘Racism as structural violence: The case of British African-Caribbean People’, Shireen Mushtaq with Aiman Iqbal and Arooba Ali (Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore, Pakistan).

‘Black Sections in the Labour Party 1983-7: Apartheid, Colonialism and understandings of anti-racism in Britain’, Dr Robin Bunce (Homerton College, University of Cambridge).

Q & A

Chair: Philip Murphy (ICwS).

1.00 pm           Lunch

2.00 pm           New Books

Stephen Bourne (Under Fire: Black Britain in Wartime).

                       Kathleen Chater (Henry Box Brown: From Slavery to Show Business).

Shirly J. Thompson (discussing House of Music: Raising the Kanneh-Masons by Kadie Kanneh-Mason).

3.30 pm        Representing Black Women

Girl/Ship: Challenging Geographic, Historical, and Formal Historical Methods in Black British Studies’, Samantha Pinto (University of Texas at Austin).

‘Claiming Mary Seacole’, Jordan Harris (University of Leicester).

‘Josephine Morcashani: A Briton Performing Black Femininity on Stages across Europe’, Jeff Bowersox (UCL).

Q & A

                        Chair: Joanna Brown (Royal African Society).

5.30 pm           Concluding remarks

Convenors: Philip Murphy, Michael Ohajuru, Miranda Kaufmann and Joanna Brown. 


To register please click the link: https://commonwealth.sas.ac.uk/events/event/22712