What’s the new Radical? Deep Roots and New Shoots in Black publishing

4th March 2017 10.30am – 4.30pm 


London Metropolitan Archives

40 Northampton Road


Is Blackness bending the digital world? In the radical tradition of Bogle-L’Ouverture Publishing and New Beacon Books, avant-garde Black publishing takes centre stage at the annual Huntley conference.

Conference themes:
Through an open dialogue across, what we call, “Deep roots and New shoots,” the conference offers and inspires an intergenerational, cross-cultural, multi-ethnic connection, discussing the multiplicity of “Blackness” then and “Blackness” now; how ideas around identity and being Black are no longer restricted, becoming more fluid; how breaking convention is the new normal; notions of digital democracies and revolutions; the impact on where and how Black narratives are distributed; and who is leading millennial progressive Black publishing interventions.

Conference contributors:

The dynamic programme is led by host, visual artist Ekua McMorris who kicks off the conference with a stimulating talk by Dr Roxy Harris (author: Being Black) and pioneering publisher Eric Huntley, contextualising the narratives around Blackness and radical publishing joined by Michelle Yaa Asantewa. Immaculata Abba reflects on how the archives have spoken to her. Dr Michael McMillan looks at the advent of Black radical bookshops and publishing. CNN’s Jim Stenman, will lead the afternoon session on 21st Century digital storytelling with Liv Little, editor-in-chief of Galdemzine (gal-dem.com) and Channel Four’s Symeon Brown. This year, we introduce a parallel conference programme, New Shoots, for young people aged 8 – 16+ years, including creative expression workshops led by Vivienne Isebor and Kwame Asiedu, where they can explore, discuss and develop themes around identity, share the views on what Blackness means to them. In the afternoon, young participants seize the opportunity to take over the main conference stage.

Artists, Princess and Nat Nye each offer a powerful and thought-provoking performances at the close. For those who are curious to look through the prism of ‘the Archive Document’ there are two lunchtime behind the scenes tours with LMA’s Senior Archivist, Richard Wiltshire. (Limited spaces!)

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