History Matters Presents: 2nd New Perspectives on the History of African and Caribbean People in Britain Conference

October 2021, London (venue tbc)

Call for Papers


Through a series of presentations and discussions, this conference seeks to provide a platform for the sharing of knowledge regarding the histories of African and Caribbean peoples in Britain.

The first New Perspectives conference convened by History Matters (2017) brought together scholars and activists to explore how young and emerging scholars of Black British History, particularly those of African and Caribbean heritage, were pushing the boundaries of knowledge and redrawing the field. Many of the conference’s presentations were subsequently published in Black British History: New Perspectives, edited by Prof. Hakim Adi. This second conference will be open to the public, and will again focus on highlighting research produced by young and emerging scholars, particularly those of African and Caribbean heritage, who remain poorly represented within the wider history field as well as in academia. 

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History Matters invites paper proposals for the 2nd New Perspectives on the History of African and Caribbean people in Britain conference, which will take place in October 2021 (location tbc). Proposals for papers are due by 31st March 2021.

History Matters particularly welcomes research papers focusing on historical periods before 1900; on women and gender history; on LGBT+ histories; on the history of African and Caribbean people outside London; on the history of continental African communities and organisations in Britain; and the historical relationships established by those of African and Caribbean heritage in Britain with the African continent and the wider African diaspora. However, proposals covering all fields of Black British History are welcome. 

Following on from the 2017 conference, selected papers from this prospective conference will be included in a second volume of New Perspectives edited by Prof. Hakim Adi and published by Bloomsbury.

Proposals should be submitted via email to histmatters@gmail.com by Wednesday 31st March 2021. Accepted proposals will be confirmed by 1st May 2021. 

Individual proposals should include an abstract of up to 350 words and a one-page CV. They must include the author’s full name, email address and institutional affiliation (if applicable).  Please also include the title of the presentation. (It is not certain if the conference will be live, or online, but also include  any equipment needs.)

For all further inquiries, please contact histmatters@gmail.com or visit our website for more information.