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. …

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 …

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 …

Africarmen and the importance of scheduling culturally diverse performances

In this blog post, Madeleine Hardy, intern at Nottingham Lakeside Arts, provides an insight into the upcoming performance of Africarmen and its relevance during Black History Month. Tavaziva Dance bring Africarmen to Nottingham Lakeside Arts with Artistic Director Bawren Tavaziva’s most ambitious work to date. While the performance is based on Georges Bizet’s famous opera, …

#BlackLivesMatter: Black History Month at the Centre for Research in Race and Rights (C3R)

In this blog post, Timo Schrader and Rosemary Pearce, Centre for Research in Race and Rights Directors, discuss their programme of events this October. In 1965, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, both the United States and the United Kingdom signed fundamental Civil Rights acts into law: the Voting Rights Act in the …

Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners

Katie Donington is currently a Research Associate on the Antislavery Usable Past project in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at The University of Nottingham, and is Co-director of the Centre for Research in Race and Rights. In this blog, she looks forward to an upcoming event with David Olusoga on Monday 12 October. …

The phenomenal popularity of Clarks in Jamaica

On Thursday 8 October, Al Newman, DJ and cultural historian, discusses the remarkable popularity of Clarks shoes in Jamaica. Vincent Wilson, Associate Professor and Reader in Autonomic Pharmacology, shares a personal memory in advance of the event. I can’t exactly remember when I had my first conversation about Clarks shoes with my Dad, but I think …