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Black History Month 2015 – thank you!

Val Watson, Chair of the BME Staff Network, Claire Henson, Equality and Diversity Co-ordinator and Vincent Wilson, Associate Professor and Reader in Autonomic Pharmacology, reflect on a fantastic Black History Month programme for 2015. As October draws to a close, so too does our programme for Black History Month 2015, which we are proud to say …

Widening Participation during Black History Month

Dr Judy Muthuri, Associate Professor at Nottingham University Business School and coordinator of the Africa Diaspora Academic Network (ADAN–UK), discusses the third annual Widening Participation initiative taking place during Black History Month. As part of Black History Month celebrations, on Wednesday 28 October Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) hosted 40 young people from Years 3-12 …

War, race and imagery

James Brookes is a PhD student in the American and Canadian Studies department, where he is writing a dissertation on the visual culture of American Civil War soldiers. He recently completed an MRes thesis on photographic portraiture’s relationship with Union citizen-soldiers. He is a research associate with the Centre for Research in Race and Rights. …

Race and rights: screening of Fruitvale Station

By Hannah-Rose Murray, PhD student in the Department of American and Canadian Studies. She is a research associate with the Centre for Research in Race and Rights, and a co-convener of the October Dialogues 2015. Her PhD focuses on transatlantic abolitionism and African American resistance against racism in nineteenth century Britain. In celebration of Black History Month …

Going global: restoring agency to black history

This post is contributed by Joe Merton, Lecturer in Twentieth Century History, Faculty of Arts. His main area of expertise is the social and political history of the twentieth century United States. It is a great privilege to teach black history at university. Few fields of history offer such lively and provocative source material; such breadth; …

A Time to Break Silence – Martin Luther King and 2001: A Space Odyssey

Patrick Henderson is a first-year PhD student in the Department of American and Canadian Studies and a research associate with the Centre for Research in Race and Rights. He is currently researching the influence of American popular culture on Jamaican communities in New York City, having recently completed his MA thesis on Underground Resistance, Afrofuturism and …

“Twitter is the revolution”: recycling Panther protest for #BlackLivesMatter

Hannah Jeffery is a PhD student at The University of Nottingham, working with Professor Zoe Trodd on the AHRC-funded Antislavery Usable Past Project. Her project examines the antislavery usable past in 1960s protest movements, as a model for contemporary abolitionism. In doing this, she seeks to understand how Black Power advocates used the memory and legacy …

Tackling discrimination in football – our conversation with Brendon Batson & Troy Townsend

On Thursday 15 October, University of Nottingham Sport were delighted to welcome ex-West Brom footballer Brendon Batson and Troy Townsend, Education and Development Manager with Kick It Out, for a conversation about racism and discrimination in football. It was fascinating but often shocking to hear these speakers talk about their personal experiences both on and off …

The October Dialogues 2015: Britain’s first conference on the Black Lives Matter movement

Hannah-Rose Murray is a PhD student in the Department of American and Canadian Studies. She is a research associate with the Centre for Research in Race and Rights, and a co-convener of the October Dialogues 2015. Her PhD focuses on transatlantic abolitionism and African American resistance against racism in nineteenth century Britain. For Black History …

Making Slave Trade Legacies visible in British heritage venues

Susanne Seymour is Associate Professor in Geography and a Deputy Director of the Institute of the Study of Slavery at the University of Nottingham. In this blog she reflects on the important though challenging task of integrating histories of slavery in heritage venues ahead of our film screenings and discussion next week. That there exists …