10.30-11.00Keynote address: Professor Kehinde Andrews(Birmingham City University)
11.00-12.30 Session One: Beyond Mary Prince: Black Women in Dialogue
Chair: Deirdre Osborne(Reader in English Literature and Drama, Goldsmiths, University of London)
Kareena Chin (MA Student, Goldsmiths), Mary Prince, Censorship and Publication Heather Marks (MA Student, Goldsmiths), Women and Windrush Heather Goodman (MA Student, Goldsmiths), Millennial Voices Janet Sebastian Vanessa Igho (MA Students, Goldsmiths) The MA in Black British Writing: From Fiction to Fact
1.15-3.00 Session Two: Recovering and Engaging the Public with Black British Histories
Chair: Professor Philip Murphy (Director of the Institute of Commonwealth )
Munira Mohamed (Learning Manager, Black Cultural Archives) and Monique Baptiste-Brown (Communications and Marketing Manager,Black Cultural Archives), Reclaiming heritage: Black Cultural Archives’ methodology for curating living heritage and evaluating the recent co-curated exhibition, Rastafari in Motion Kate Morrison (Writer & Visiting Scholar, Book, Text and Place 1500 – 1750 Research Centre, Bath Spa University) ‘Go back & fetch what you forgot’: building a fictional character from the archives Grace Quansah (Director, WAPPY: Writing, Acting & Publishing Project for Youngsters) Empowering Young Voices to Explore Heritage Sophie Lillington (Museum & Heritage Manager, Epping Forest, City of London Corporation), Down in the Forest: a first foray into Black History
3.30-5.00 Session Three:Identity and Involvement in Doing Justice to Black British History in Schools
Chairs: Abdul Mohamud and Robin Whitburn(Justice2History)
Sharon Aninakwa, (Head of History at the Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College, Harlesden) Black Women in History and the School Thabo Stuck (History teacher, The BRIT School for performing arts, Croydon). Becoming a ‘Choreographer’: challenges to doing justice to history André Burton (PGCE student, Institute of Education, UCL) The importance of Black British History and the struggle for education in 21st century London
5. 15-6.15Final Thoughts and Conclusions Panel
Chair: Dr Miranda Kaufmann (Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies)
Katie Donington is a Lecturer in History at London South Bank University. She convenes two modules relating to the history of Black Britain and more broadly colonialism: ‘Black History: Concepts and Debates’ and ‘Industry, Empire and Society, 1750-1900’.
Her research focuses on the cultural, commercial, political and familial world the slave-owners made in both Jamaica and Britain. She previously worked with the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project at University College London, initially as a PhD student and later as a Post-doctoral Research Associate. Before entering academia Katie worked in the museum sector and is particularly interested in the representation of slavery in public history.
She has co-curated the exhibition ‘Slavery, Culture and Collecting’ at the Museum of London Docklands. She was an historical advisor and on-screen interviewee for the BAFTA-award winning documentary Britain’s Forgotten Slave-owners.
Slavery, family, legacies, culture, commerce, colonialism, Black history, teaching, eighteenth century, nineteenth century, museums, representation, public history
Countries and Regions of Interest:
Caribbean, Britain, Africa, America
Katie Donington, The bonds of family: Slavery, commerce and culture in the British Atlantic world (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019).
Catherine Hall, Nicholas Draper, Keith McClelland, Katie Donington and Rachel Lang, Legacies of British slave-ownership: Colonial slavery and the formation of Victorian Britain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).
Katie Donington, Ryan Hanley and Jessica Moody (eds.), Britain’s memory of slavery: Local nuances of a ‘national sin’ (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2016).
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Katie Donington, ‘Slavery and abolition’, in Nancy Johnson and Paul Keen (eds.), Mary Wollstonecraft in Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019).
Katie Donington and Nicholas Draper, ‘Slavery and the City: An Urban Exploration’, Critical Cities, Vol.4 (London: Myrdle Court Press, 2014), pp. 178-198.
Katie Donington, ‘A society built on slavery?’, History Today (Sept, 2015).
Katie Donington, ‘Review of James Heartfield, The British and Foreign Antislavery Society, 1838-1950’, History: The Journal of the Historical Association (Oct 2018)
Katie Donington, ‘Review of Talitha L. LeFlouria, Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South’, Feminist Review , 115 (Mar 2017).
Katie Donington, ‘Review of William Pettigrew Freedom’s Debt: The Royal African Company and the Politics of the Atlantic Slave Trade (1672-1752) and Brycchan Carey, From Peace to Freedom: Quaker Rhetoric and the Birth of American Slavery (1657-1761)’, History Today (Jul 2014).
Katie Donington, ‘Jane Harry’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).
Katie Donington, ‘The Legacies of British Slave-ownership’, Modern Historical Review, 18.5 (Hodder Education, 2015).
Katie Donington and Kristy Warren, ‘Hackney, sugar and slavery: Local history unit of work’, Key Stage 3 and 4.
Katie Donington, John Siblon and Kristy Warren, ‘An overview of Britain and transatlantic slavery: Background notes for teachers’, Key Stage 3 and 4.
Research Description: My research examines the diversity of national identities in the United Kingdom since the nineteenth century and I adopt an approach that uses the co-production of historical knowledge to better understand experiences, emotions and interpretations of different communities in British historiography.
I am involved in Imagine: Connecting Communities Through Research, an ESRC-AHRC funded project under the Connected Communities Civic Engagement call led by Dr Kate Pahl (University of Sheffield). I am exploring co-production of research by community groups and academics and examining how community groups use history to develop their identities, as well as providing a historical overview for the project as a whole. Click here to visit the project website.
Research Keywords: Britishness; British national identity; anti-racism; oral history; shared authority.
Countries and Regions of Interest: United Kingdom, British Empire.
(With Daniel Travers) ‘Narrating Britain’s War: A Four Nations and More Approach to the People’s War’, in Manuel Bragança and Peter Tame (eds), The Long Aftermath: Historical and Cultural Legacies of Europe at War, 1936-1945 (Berghahn, forthcoming, 2015).
‘The co-production of historical knowledge: implications for the history of identities,’ with Elizabeth Pente, Milton Brown and Hardeep Sahota, Identity Papers: A Journal of British and Irish Studies, 1, 1 (2015), pp. pp. 32-53.
With G. Hellawell & S. Lloyd, ‘Witness Seminar: Anti-Fascism in 1970s Huddersfield’, Contemporary British History, 20 (2006), pp. 119–133.
‘We have come a long way: The Labour Party and ethnicity in West Yorkshire,’ in B. Evans et al (eds.), Sons and Daughters of Labour (University of Huddersfield Press, 2007).