Black and Asian Britain Seminars 2012-2013

I have been for some years now a member of the BASA (Black and Asian Studies Group).  The group is highly informative.  Members include a large presence of historians and academics who provide a wealth of previously undiscovered resources on the Black and Asian Presence in Britain.

Institute of Commonwealth Studies, in conjunction with the Black & Asian Studies Association

Black and Asian Britain seminars

Senate House, University of London, Russell Square, London WC1
6 to 7.30 pm,
Everyone is welcome. You do not have to pre-book/register.

2 October 2012 (Montague Room [Room G26], Ground floor)

Rizwan Butt

An exploration of parenting practices and negotiations in multi-ethnic and multi-racial families within the context of diasporic histories and multi-racist Britain.

6 November (Senate Room, first floor)

Tony Warner, Founder of Black History Walks UK

Black history on the streets of London: a virtual walk through 5 different parts of the city, bringing the past to your doorstep
This will be a sample of all the walks, from 1500 BCE to 2000.

4 December (room 261, second floor)

Jeff Green

African Americans in Britain 1850-1865
A wide-ranging summary of the Black American presence with details and evidence to support the view that escaped or “fugitive” slaves were just one aspect of British history in those years.

15 January, 2013 (room G26, ground floor)

Hannah Murray

“A Wall of Anti-Slavery Fire” – Frederick Douglass in Britain.

Former African American slave Frederick Douglass visited Britain in the1840’s, popularising anti-slavery, creating a sensation across the country and enhancing the transatlantic connections between abolitionists.

26 February (Court Room, first floor)

Dr Rina Arya, University of Wolverhampton (Court Room, first floor)

The 1980s: Black art and socio-politics
I shall look at black visual art in the 1980s in Britain to examine the collaborations that occurred and the work that was being produced in reaction to the socio-politics of the day.

5 March (room G35, ground floor)

Julian Simpson, University of Manchester

Racism, heterophobia and the structural impact of South Asian doctors on the development of British General Practice (c. 1948 – c. 1983)’
This talk will outline how the actions of South Asian doctors working within a discriminatory environment facilitated the delivery of one of the key aims of the NHS when it was established: the provision of primary care to those who could least afford it.

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