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WHBBH5 Call For Papers


Following the success of our previous events in London, Liverpool, and Bristol, we would like to invite you to the fifth of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies’ Black British History Workshops (WHBBH5) at Senate House, London, on Thursday 27 October 2016.

Keynote Speaker
For What’s Happening in Black British History? V we are delighted to have associate professor of sociology at Birmingham University Kehinde Andrews as our key note speaker, he is 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.

We welcome 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; and 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.

In addition, we would be happy to consider proposals for a complete panel. 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. We would also be interested in providing A-level students, undergraduates or graduate students with an opportunity to give presentations on projects relating to Black British History.

We would be delighted to hear from researchers, educationalists, archivists and curators or others interested in offering a presentation. 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 15th July 2016.

The day will run from 11am to 6.00pm, followed by a Reception. 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

New Image For Black British History


Delighted that Heather Agyepong has agreed to allow the use of her stunning , identity challenging  images based on Queen Victoria’s God-Daughter  Sarah Forbes Bonita, which Heather spoke about at WHBBH4.

Quoting her paper submission:

[My] presentation will consist of my own personal experiences as a young black woman, dealing with the macro and micro traumas of racism encountered while travelling around European countries. The work was inspired by a 19th century Carte-de- visite which was part of The Missing Chapter: Black Chronicles II archive. I will look at case studies and overlooked statistics involving black women and mental health and any correlation between the two. The project Too Many Blackamoors aims to challenge the ‘strong, independent, black female’ narrative that can burden and often entrap black women. The work aims to encourage debate towards a nuanced presentation of Black women and problematize the way woman of colour have been represented even within so-called positive or empowering portrayals.

The images were  commissioned by autograph Abp supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and where exhibited at the THE MISSING CHAPTER COLLECTIVE ARCHIVE exhibition January 2016.