Monday, March 16, 2015

Next Independent Working Class Education Seminar (London) and Public History event

IWCE : planning education for change
Saturday 21st March 10.30 - 3.00
London Brunswick Community Centre, Foundling Court.
See the note on the door for Room 10.
Across from Russell Square tube station.

Provisional Agenda

Meirian Jump, Archivist & Library Development Officer, 'Archives & Education at the Marx Memorial Library’
Arthur McIvor (Stratthclyde Uni.) on Working Lives, Work in Britain since 1945 
Rosa Vilbr, An oral history on Centreprise bookshop/cafe in Hackney 
Doug Wright The history of busworkers in London and the present dispute

and "We are fortunate to have Osamu Umezaki from the Osaka Labour Archive in Japan joining us on Saturday. His interests include Oral history."

Each presentation is short and a lively discussion is welcome. 

We'll also look at the IWCE Manifesto and plan future events in Leicester, Edinburgh and London.

Cost £5.00 (includes lunch). Pay on the day.

To book email Keith Venables

Also on 21st March (could look in on both):
Public History Discussion Group

Saturday 21st March 2015
Room 209

Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY
Room on the 2nd floor- lift and stairs to all floors
Talk starts promptly at 11.30am

“Making public forgotten black histories 1750-2014: From ghostly hands to children’s memorials on slave graves” 

The talk discusses not only traditional memorials, walking trails and artworks, but also ghostly legacies of the trade, including human body parts. Taking the small slave port of Lancaster, England, as a key case study, the talk draws on recent theoretical work on corporeality, spectrality, Holocaust studies, trauma, dark tourism, the Black Atlantic and memory studies to interrogate the meanings of these legacies. It develops the idea of “guerrilla memorialisation” used historically and in recent responses to the trade.

Professor Alan Rice, University of Central Lancashire
Alan Rice is Professor in English and American Studies at the University of Central Lancashire and co-director of the recently formed Institute for Black Atlantic Research (IBAR) there. He  has degrees from the University of Edinburgh, Bowling Green State University, Ohio and Keele. He has worked on the interdisciplinary study of the Black Atlantic for the past two decades including publishing Radical Narratives of the Black Atlantic (Continuum, 2003). Alan was academic advisor to the Slave Trade Arts Memorial Project in Lancaster, was editor in chief of Manchester’s Revealing Histories Website and a co-curator of the Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester’s 2007-8 exhibition Trade and Empire: Remembering Slavery. His latest monograph is Creating Memorials, Building Identities: The Politics of Memory in the Black Atlantic (Liverpool UP, 2010) and his latest edited collection is a special issue of Atlantic Studies on the “Slave Trade’s Dissonant Heritage” edited with Johanna Kardux (2012). He is also continuing the work on black abolitionists in Britain started in his co-edited Liberating Sojourn: Frederick Douglass and Transatlantic Reform (Georgia, 1999) with a new collection in Slavery and Abolition (2012) with Fionnghuala Sweeney. He is an advisor to museums in Liverpool, Lancaster and Manchester and his latest museum publication is a catalogue essay for Manchester’s 2012 We Face Forward West African Art exhibition. His articles have appeared in a wide range of journals including, Slavery and Abolition, Atlantic Studies, Patterns of Prejudice, Journal of American Studies and Research in African Literatures. He has organised landmark events on issues in Black history in Britain including a 2013 event commemorating the mutiny of African American GIs in Bamber Bridge. He has given keynote presentations in Britain, Germany, the United State and France and in January 2012 he gave the Martin Luther King Memorial Lecture in Hamburg. He has contributed to documentaries for the BBC, Border Television and public broadcasting in America as well as appearing on BBC’s The One Show in February 2013.  More information can be found at:


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