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.
The second workshop in the series will take place at the University of Liverpool in the Leggate Lecture Theatre of the Victoria Gallery & Museum on Thursday 19 February. 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.
Offers of presentations are welcome.
While the organisers are interested in a broad range of subjects relating to Black
British History, they are particularly keen to include a number of topics that were
suggested at the previous workshop, or that they wish to develop further. These
• Gender, particularly histories of Black British women and the LGBT
• 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
• 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 &
• 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
Dr Miranda Kaufmann at firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 January
We welcome individual proposals from researchers, educationalists, archivists and
curators. In addition, the organisers are 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.
The organisers are interested in providing A-level students with
an opportunity to give presentations on projects relating to Black British History.
For my discussion of the first workshop in October see: