Claude McKay addressing the Fourth Congress of the Comintern, Moscow in 1922
Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 October 2017
Conference to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution
Institute for Black Atlantic Research (IBAR)
University of Central Lancashire, Preston
Keynote speakers: Professor Winston James, University of California, Irvine.
Professor Hakim Adi, University of Chichester
& Dr. Cathy Bergin, University of Brighton
With performances from Linton Kwesi Johnson (invited), David Rovics and Tayo Aluko.
The Russian Revolution was not only one of the most critical events of the twentieth century in its own right but an inspirational event across the ‘black Atlantic’ as a blow against racism and imperialism. For colonial subjects of European empires internationally as well as black Americans, the Russian Revolution promised the hope of a world without oppression and exploitation. This conference aims to build on the growing scholarship and literature in this area to explore the impact the revolutionary events in Russia during 1917 made across the African diaspora and the subsequent critical intellectual influence of Marxism and Bolshevism on the current of revolutionary ‘black internationalism’ in its aftermath.
Organisers: Olga Tabachnikova, David Featherstone, Christian Høgsbjerg and Alan Rice