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History Matters Presents: 2nd New Perspectives on the History of African and Caribbean People in Britain Conference
7th-9th October 2021 (virtual webinar)

History Matters are excited to announce the confirmed list of panellists who will be presenting during the 2nd New Perspectives Conference, taking place on Thursday 7th, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th October 2021 via virtual webinar.

Below are the themes of the conference panels, names of confirmed speakers and their paper titles.

Thursday 7th October 2021, 6.30-8.30pm

Panel One - Special Guests (6:30pm):

Zainab Abbas and Ansel Wong:

'Black Footprints – a Trio of Experiences'

Panel Two - Organisation, Politics & Resistance (7:30pm):

Kesewa John:

'Self-Determination, Freedom and 'Colonial Transfers': Black Agency and the Aftermath of the 1919 Versailles Conference'

Rochelle L Malcolm:

'Building Home: Race, Housing and Black Resistance 1970 – 2000'

Perry Blankson:

'The ‘Black Power Desk’ - State Surveillance of the British Black Power Movement'

Christian Høgsbjerg:

'‘Comrade Algerine Sankoh of West Africa’ - Britain’s first black revolutionary socialist?'

Friday 8th October 2021, 6.30-8.30pm

Panel One - Early Modern Black Presence (6:30pm):

Annabelle Gilmore:

'Where are Warwickshire’s Black People? An examination of the Black Presence in Warwickshire into the Long Eighteenth Century''

Kate Bernstock:

'Conducting a regional Black history of Falmouth and Penryn during the packet boat years of 1688-1850


Montaz Marché:

'“A Diamond in the Dirt”: The Experiences of Ann Sancho in Eighteenth Century London'

Panel Two - Politics, Archives and Publication (7:30pm): 

Naomi Oppenheim:

'Black publishing in Britain: a longer story'

Rey Bowen:

'The African Times and Orient Review and the British Government'

Rebecca Adams:

'Black Caribbean womanhood within the archives: Mollie Hunte and working with her archives as a Black, female Archivist'

Saturday 9th October, 10am-12pm


Panel One - Gender, Activism and Memory (10am):

A.S. Francis:

'A history of Manchester’s network of Black radical women during the 1960s-1980s'

Aleema Gray:

'Rastafari Women Speak: Resistance, Self- Reliance and Unity ina Babylon'

Theo Williams:

'Race, Gender and Pan-Africanism in Britain, c. 1935-1945'


Desmond Felix:

'Three Lions in the Ring: Benn, Eubank, Watson: Managing social identities in British'

Panel two - Community dynamics and Power (11am):

Olivia Wyatt:

'“The enemy in our midst”: ‘Community’ as an organising principle for African-Caribbean settled migrants in Leeds, 1971-81'

Claudia Tomlinson:

'Fitting in or Getting Ahead: West Indian Students and the West Indian Migrant Community in Britain, 1955 – 1970'

Ellie Kramer-Taylor:

'British and Caribbean Black Power: establishing connections, 1968-1970'

Sue Lemos:

''Feeling a strength in numbers': The London Black Lesbian and Gay Centre, 1985-1995'

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