What’s Happening in Black British History? XIV – Call for Papers


A message from our partners, the Black British History group.

Following the success of our previous events in London, Liverpool, Bristol, Preston, Huddersfield and Leicester, we would like to invite you to the fourteenth of the Black British History Workshops (WHBBHXIV), which will be held at Bangor University in North Wales on Saturday 14 May 2022.

The aim of the series is to foster a creative dialogue between researchers, educationalists (mainstream and supplementary), artists and writers, archivists and curators, and policy makers. It seeks to identify and promote innovative new research into the history of people of African origin or descent in the UK and facilitate discussion of the latest developments in the dissemination of Black British history in a wide variety of settings including the media, the classroom and lecture hall, and museums and galleries, thus providing an opportunity to share good practice.

The workshop in Bangor was originally scheduled for April 2020, but the COVID-19 crisis obliged us to postpone it. As a consequence, we have already received a number of proposals and we are currently confirming arrangements with the authors. But we are still keen to attract some additional presentations for the rescheduled workshop on 14 May.

There will be a strong local focus to the event, so we are specifically seeking proposals for presentations examining some aspect of the Welsh dimension of Black history. 

Please submit:

  • A title and a brief description of your presentation (no more than 300 words) as an attached Word document also stating your name, contact details, and, if you have them, Institution and Twitter handle to Professor Philip Murphy at Philip.Murphy@sas.ac.uk by Monday 17 January 2022.


In addition, we would be happy to consider proposals for a complete panel. The panel should have a coherent unifying theme, and the proposal should include the abstracts of three related presentations and the names and affiliations of the presenters. We would also be very interested in providing A-level students, undergraduates or graduate students with an opportunity to give presentations on projects relating to Black British History.

The day will run from 10.30 am to 6.00pm, followed by a Reception. Conference fees will be confirmed in due course.

We are able to offer a small fee and travel bursaries to those speakers without institutional affiliation or support. 

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