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Black Arts & Humanities

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This cluster seeks to foster the broad range of research currently being done in the Faculty of Arts around the artistic and intellectual work of black people in Africa and the African diaspora. Bringing together perspectives from English, History, Music, Philosophy, Modern Languages, and History of Art, our goal is to create an interdisciplinary space for the discussion of black thought and the critical study of race, migration, diaspora, transnationalism and globalisation. We aim to consider the varied and contested meanings of ‘Black’ in historical and contemporary contexts alongside the omission of non-white voices in (local) history and university curricula. In so doing we hope to begin a dialogue with students, other faculty members and staff around the University and beyond about the place of black people in higher education. We acknowledge that black academics and students are underrepresented in UK universities and we are committed to promoting initiatives aiming to increase the number of black and minority ethnic scholars and students.

There are a wealth of activities currently underway, including: the 'Framing the Critical Decade: After the Black Arts Movement' two-day conference; the 'Literary Archaeology: Exploring the Lived Environment of the Slave' AHRC funded project; the 'Ways into History' short course on the slave trade; and the 'Slavery and the Atlantic Heritage' Fullbright summer school. This cluster will open up a space for discussion across these projects and related areas of research and teaching.

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You can also contact any of the cluster members with any questions, or if you would like to join our activities.

Members: Megan Blomfield (Philosophy), Joanna Burch-Brown (Philosophy), Ruth Bush (French), Julio Decker (History), James Garrison (Philosophy), Josie Gill (English), Madhu Krishnan (English), José Lingna Nafafé (Portuguese), Sumita Mukherjee (History), Dorothy Price (History of Art), Elizabeth Robles (History of Art), Florian Scheding (Music), Robert Skinner (History), Richard Stone (History), Justin Williams (Music)

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