Black British History Workshop 27 October

Staying Power

Heather Agyepong, ‘Too Many Blackamoores’

5th Black British History Workshop (WHBBH5)

Senate House, London

Thursday 27 October, 11am to 6pm

Deadline for proposals for papers 15 July

Keynote Speaker

The key speaker will be associate professor of sociology at Birmingham University Kehinde Andrews,   the course convenor of the very first undergraduate honours course in Black Studies at a British university.

New Research and Panel Sessions

The aim of the series is to foster a creative dialogue between researchers (academic and independent), educationalists (mainstream and supplementary), artists and writers, 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 facilitate discussion of the latest developments in the dissemination of Black British history in a wide variety of settings including the media, the classroom and lecture hall, and museums and galleries, thus providing an opportunity to share good practice.

Proposals for papers and presentations on a wide variety of themes relating to the history of people of African origin or descent in the UK. These might cover subjects such as:

  • new approaches to teaching Black British History;
  • the silencing/exclusion of Black British voices;
  • the history of political/community activism;
  • Black people in cultural and sporting history of Britain;
  • issues around gender including the role of women and members of the LGBT communities.

The workshop will be divided into three panels, followed by a round-table discussion. Each panel will consist of three presentations lasting for 15-20 minutes.

Proposals for a complete panel are also welcome. The panel should have a coherent unifying theme, and the proposal should include the abstracts of three related presentations and the names and affiliations of the presenters.

Opportunities will be provided to A-level students, undergraduates or graduate students with an opportunity to give presentations on projects relating to Black British History.


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 by 15 July 2016.

There will be a registration fee of £20 (£10 for students/unwaged) to cover the costs of lunch and refreshments. A limited number of travel bursaries will be available to independent speakers on application. Requests to register should be sent to Olga Jimenez at

The day will close with a Reception from 6pm.

The Black British History website which has been set up as part of the WHBBH initiative is at

If you are actively involved in work on British Black History please add your details to the Directory.




About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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