Events: Creating spaces, making connections, drawing inspiration
People of African ancestry have a long history and tradition in the United Kingdom. In the present context of global uncertainty, and the reshaping of the British welfare state, as well as the UK’s attempts to reposition itself in relation to Europe, it is essential that we examine the place of the Black population and the challenges that lie ahead in the future. The Black experience in the West has been an important area of research in which Black scholars have influenced understandings of society since the 19th Century (James, 1969). Academia should continue to play a central role in researching and entering into the necessary debates about the future of Black Britain. Indeed, it is vital.
At this particular juncture there is a need to both explore the field of Black Studies in the UK and examine the contributions of those seeking to make a sustained contribution to its growth in the 21st century. This is the key plank in which we will work to host, as well as support and promote scholarly and academic seminars, workshops and public knowledge exchanges that extend beyond traditional academic boundaries. A particular focus will be on the development of a UK-wide network of seminars and workshops. The focus is tapping into and seeking to promote ongoing activities, as well as working with individuals, centres and organisations to create spaces for people to come together share ongoing research, generate research priorities, and forge research collaborations.
We welcome enquires and look forward to promoting the work you are doing, as well as providing details of forthcoming events.