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On Whose Terms?: 10 Years On

09:00 on Thursday 22 Mar 2018 to 21:00 on Friday 23 Mar 2018

Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
SE14 6NW
United Kingdom


Celebrate the richness of Black British cultural heritages with scholars and creative artists from the UK and abroad - in a context responsive to today's global challenges.

The cultural power of Black British* literature and the Arts resides as much in the exploration of pressing cultural concerns, as in its innovative material aesthetics and textual practices.

The 2008 landmark conference ‘On Whose Terms' ?: Critical Negotiations in Black British Literature and the Arts focused upon local, international and transnational engagements with Black British literature and the Arts, to trace the multiple – real and imaginary – routes through its production, reception and cultural politics. It created a meeting point for prominent and emerging scholars, writers and practitioners, young people and the general public for exploring the impact of this field, both at home and abroad.

The 2018 return conference, ‘On Whose Terms' ?: Ten Years On… aims to chart what has happened throughout the past the decade. As substantial reclamations in cultural histories continue to expand and revise the horizons of knowledge, recent cultural and technological changes have also propelled new mechanisms of success as well as marginalization, invisibility and exclusion. This return conference offers a platform for incorporating the developments and questions concerning the impact of globalization and digitization, post-humanism and biopolitics, visuality and materiality.

At a time when established notions of community, human life and democracy have come under new and considerable pressures, this return conference offers a vibrant arena for critically engaging with Black British politics and the aesthetic practices that respond to today’s local and global challenges. The conference seeks to take stock of these developments as well as encouraging fresh discourses in the field, in a context of critical investigation and celebration; to continue a journey along diasporic and aesthetic routes.

Confirmed Keynotes

  • Carole Boyce Davies gives the Professor Stuart Hall Memorial Address
  • Fred D'Aguiar
  • John McLeod
  • Jackie Kay in conversation with Blake Morrison
  • Charlotte Williams

Specialist Panellists
  • Publishing and Prizes
  • Susheila Nasta - Wasafiri
  • Kadija (George) Sesay - SABLE
  • Margaret Busby - S.I. Leeds Prize
  • Pauline Walker - Alfred Fagon Award

Pedagogy and Decolonising the Curriculum
Joan Anim-Addo, Nathaniel Tobias Coleman, Malachi McIntosh, Maria Helena Lima

Archiving and Longevity
Sandra Shakespeare and S.I. Martin (National Archives of Great Britain), Munira Mohamed (Black Cultural Archives), Sarah White (George Padmore Institute)

Poetics and Performance
Winsome Pinnock, Dorothea Smartt, Roy Williams, Kerry Michael, Cecila Noble.

Performance and readings by
  • John Agard
  • Grace Nichols
  • SuAndi
  • Jay Bernard
  • Kei Miller
  • Courttia Newland
  • Valerie Mason-John

  • National Caribbean Heritage Museum community project
  • Voices That Shake!: Young Voices in Arts, Race, Media, Power
  • Ronnie McGrath 'Paintings and Poems'
  • CEN8

More info here

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