Black History Season 2013 celebrated at University of Leicester

Posted by er134 at Oct 09, 2013 10:06 AM |
Series of events throughout October and November

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 9 October 2013

From football to fiction, lost cities of the Sahara to sixteenth century Britain: the breadth of black history will be demonstrated by the University of Leicester with a number of talks and activities to celebrate Black History season.

The Global, Colonial and Postcolonial Research Group (GCPRG), based in the University’s Schools of History and English, has organised a series of events taking place between 10 October and 12 November on and around the University campus.

These sessions will be a fantastic opportunity for academics, students and members of the public to meet together and discuss topical issues.

There will be a film screening of Beasts of the Southern Wild introduced by Dr George Lewis from the Centre for American Studies on Thursday 10 September and a documentary screening of The Empire Pays Back by Professor Robert Beckford on Thursday 17 October.

Next month, there will be a talk on ‘Africans in Urban Britain, 1500-1640’ by Miranda Kaufmann at the Centre for Urban History on Friday 8 November and a ‘History and Fiction’ event featuring world-renowned novelist Amitav Ghosh on Tuesday 12 November, chaired by Professor Clare Anderson, and co-organised with the University's Centre for New Writing.

The convenors of the programme, Professor Clare Anderson and Dr Corinne Fowler, said: “We look forward to welcoming everybody to these events. Just come along: no tickets required.”

The University’s Schools and College Service are also marking Black History season with a number of talks aimed at year 12 and Access students.

They start off with a panel discussion entitled ‘Fighting Racism and Sport: a Race Already Won?’ to be held on Wednesday 23 October from 1.30 pm, and is an excellent opportunity for students to ask questions of policy leaders and to shape the discussion to suit their interests. The panel includes John Williams, sociologist at the University of Leicester, and ex- West Bromwich Albion footballer Brendon Batson MBE.

On 20 November, from 1.30pm – 3.30pm, Professor David Mattingly of School of Archaeology and Ancient History will lead a lecture on the ‘Garamantes: a lost Saharan civilisation’ whose city David was instrumental in discovering in 2011. This will be followed by a tutorial where students will be involved in a discussion on L.Septimus Severus: Rome's first African Emperor.

Also on 20 November, at 5.30pm, Professor Ted Cantle will discuss 'Race and Identity - how globalisation and diversity changes everything'. His much lauded report - known as 'the Cantle Report' - introduced the concept of 'community cohesion' and it was subsequently adopted by Government. This event is also open to the public.

Schools that wish to book places for these talks should contact

Black History Season promotes the history and contribution that African and Caribbean communities have made to Leicester, helping to understand the present through our past.

This year's message is inspired by the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech. With exciting entertainment, performances, films, exhibitions, workshops and much more, everyone can get involved.


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For more information please contact Professor Clare Anderson via email:

For more information on the Schools and Colleges talks please contact

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