Registration open for Urban Roots of Creative Black Culture: Gender, Music and the Body

24th Jan 2019

Urban Roots of Creative Black Culture: Gender, Music and the Body 

26 February 2019, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham

A co-sponsored public event from the University of Birmingham, Decolonising the Archives, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers and the Society for Caribbean Studies

This public event brings together an international team of African-Caribbean researchers to think about gender, the city and creativity in African and Caribbean culture.  What have been the histories of black culture in the city and how has black culture shaped the city?  What have been women’s and men’s distinctive contributions to musical and dance forms?  What roles have race and racism played in building that contribution?  And what can we say about the future of black culture in the UK?


The event includes:

- Welcome and introduction to the themes by Dr Pat Noxolo, Senior Lecturer at University of Birmingham, Co-editor of Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, and lead researcher in the Caribbean In/securities and Creativity network (CARISCC)

- Film extracts on black dance and culture from the archives, introduced by Connie Bell, Educator, Theatre Practitioner, Therapist & one of the founding members of Decolonising The Archive

- A keynote address from Professor Carolyn Cooper, Writer and Independent Scholar; retired Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies, University of the West Indies; author of Sound Clash:  Jamaican Dancehall Culture at Large (New York:  Palgrave MacMillan, 2004) and of Noises in the Blood:  Orality, Gender and the ‘Vulgar’ Body of Jamaican Popular Culture (London:  Macmillan Caribbean, 1993)

- A discussion panel, featuring panellists based at Midlands Universities, including Dr Margaret Byron, Rita Gayle and Tia-Monique Uzor

- Discussion from the floor


Registration is now open (free to attend) - click here to register.

For enquiries contact Dr Pat Noxolo.


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