CALL FOR PAPERS Blackness in Britain: An interdisciplinary Black Studies conference

Thursday 12th September 2013, 9.30 -17.30 Newman University, Birmingham

People of African ancestry have a long history and tradition in the United Kingdom. This history has been hallmarked by a number of struggles for recognition and against discrimination. In the present context of global uncertainty, and the reshaping of the British welfare state, as well as the UK’s attempts to reposition itself in relation to Europe, it is essential that we examine the place of the Black population and the challenges that lie ahead in the future.

Academia should play a central role in researching and entering into the necessary debates about the future of Black Britain, however our voices have largely been marginalised within the British academy. The aim of this conference is to bring Black academics who are engaged in the essential work of researching the past, present and future condition of the Black population in Britain. We hope that this will be the first conference of many and aim to build a network of Black academics in the UK.

As this is the first conference we are purposely keeping the call for papers open to cover any topic that either has impacted or will impact on the Black population in Britain. Potential topics could include, but are by no means limited to:

Education                                                                    Black arts and culture
Black identity                                                               Black spirituality, theology and religion
Migrations/Emigrations                                                  Health
The impact of austerity                                                  Black Europe
Black Britain in the global context                                  Black feminism

The conference is interdisciplinary so we welcome papers from across all subject areas. The conference will be free to attend but spaces are limited, so please indicate your interest as soon as possible.

Confirmed keynotes: Dr Tracey Reynolds, Dr Anthony Reddie and Dr Robert Beckford.

If you would like to present a paper at the conference please send in an abstract of no more than 250 words by 31st May 2013, to:

Dr Kehinde Andrews k.andrews@newman.ac.uk
Dr Lisa Palmer lisa.palmer@newman.ac.uk