Blackness in Britain 2015
'The Black Special Relationship'
African American scholarship and its impact on
Black intellectual life in Britain
30 -31 October 2015
Birmingham City University
Professor Patricia Hill Collins
Dr Barnor Hesse
Professor Gus John
Professor Denise Ferreira De Silva
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The Blackness in Britain conference series is concerned with the past and future histories and narratives of Black
populations in the UK and the wider African diaspora. In our second interdisciplinary conference we invite scholars, intellectuals and activists to examine how Black British intellectual life has
been influenced by African American scholarship. Despite the absence of Black Studies programmes in British Universities, Black communities in the UK have a long history of community activism that
has been deeply engaged with the scholarship of Black America. From as early as the Pan-African Congress 1945 to current day community and online activism, Black individuals and communities in
Britain have created dynamic intellectual spaces outside of the academy to engage in debates and to organise political activity around the ideas of Black Feminism, Black Nationalism, Black theology,
Black Psychology, Afrocentricity, Pan- Africanism and Garveyism in order to resist and strategize against, imperialism, colonialism and racialised forms of oppression.
The conference invites a broad range of papers on Black experienecs in Britain, with no limit on topics of the presentations.
Topics can include but are not limited to:
Conceptualising Black Studies in Britain
Black feminist activism and scholarship
Pan-Africanism in Britain
The legacy of 'New Ethnicities'
Neoliberalism, colonialism, imperialism
Faith, theology, religion and blackness
Black space, black geographies
Blackness and education studies
Blackness and health studies
Blackness, socialism and social class
Black activism online
African centred thought