Archive of Past Events

Below is an archive of selected past events, some accompanied by links to related material accessible within this site.


Beyond the Boundary: An exhibition exploring cricket and the legacies of slavery at the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool: 19 March 2010 – 13 February 2011

Underwater: Around 375 million years ago, our ancestors crawled out of the waters...Underwater is about the experience of total submersion and brings together the most compelling underwater- inspired artworks of the past decade, including a work by Ellen Gallagher, and proposes that underwater is a compelling motif of our times: The Bluecoat, Liverpool: 11 December 2010 - 13 February 2011

From Kabul to Kandahar: 1833-1933: From scenes and descriptions of market places in Kabul in 1842 to panoramic views of the city of Kandahar taken after the second Anglo-Afghan war of 1878-80, these largely unseen materials provide a glimpse of the communities, customs and histories of this mountainous country. At the Royal Geographic Society, London: 18 January 2011 - 11 March 2011

The Invisibles: A photographic exhibition, Leah Gordon's black and white images of Haiti which explore the boundaries between art, religion and anthropology at Riflemaker Gallery, London: 5 July 2010 - 10 September 2010

>> Guardian review: Behind the mask: Kanaval captures the hidden Haiti with interesting responses

Beyond the Blues: An exhibition presenting over 125 years of art by African American artists and about the African American experience from the Fine Art Collections of the Amistad Research Center at New Orleans Museum of Art. 10 April 2010 - 11 July 2010

Kingdom of Ife: Sculptures from West Africa: This major exhibition at the British Museum presents exquisite examples of brass, copper, stone and terracotta sculpture from West Africa. Extended till 4 July 2010

Jelly Mould Pavilions: A multi venue and multi media project presenting Lubaina Himid ’s work at Sudley House and other venues in Liverpool : 27 March 2010 – 6 June 2010

See also the Jelly Moulds Pavilion website here you can choose where in Liverpool you would place a Jelly Mould Pavilion. 

Chris Ofili: An exhibition at Tate Britain: 27 January 2010 - 16 May 2010

‘Afro Modern: Journey’s through the black Atlantic’: An exhibition at Tate Liverpool: 29 January 2010 - 25 April 2010

>> selected exhibition images, exhibition catalogue contributions and featured online articles

Aubrey Williams: Atlantic Fire: An exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery: 15 January 2010 – 11 April 2010 

The Meaning of Style: An exhibition at the New Art Exchange in Nottingham 'exploring the presence of young African Caribbean men in Britain over the last 40 years and how Black music, fashion and culture have influenced mainstream society.': 16 January 2010 - 10 April 2010

Seminars, Lectures, Symposia and Workshops

In and Out of Brussels: Africa Inside Europe Seminar: A by-invitation seminar on Sven Augustijnen's new film Spectres (2011) will take place at Wiels, Contemporary Art Centre (Brussels) on Saturday May 21, 2011 (14.00). It will be possible to applicants who send a motivated letter by April 7th, 2011, to fill in potentially remaining places. This is a multifaceted project, including an intensive collaboration between international theoreticians, art critics, and Brussels-based artists over a two year period. For more information click here.

"Delia’s Tears: Race, Science, and Photography in Nineteenth-Century America": A Conversation with the Author, Molly Rogers: In 1850 seven South Carolina slaves were photographed at the request of the famous naturalist Louis Agassiz to provide evidence of the supposed biological inferiority of Africans. In the first narrative history of these images, Molly Rogers tells the story of the photographs, the people they depict, and the men who made and used them. Click either of the links below for more details:

The Second John La Rose Memorial Lecture: Jayne Cortez - 'The Changing Nature of Black Cultural Politics 1960 - 2010': commemorates the life and work of John La Rose (1927–2006). Jayne Cortez is a major international poet, who has long been active in the struggle for black social liberation and for radical, political and social change in the USA. At Leeds Metropolitan University, Lecture Theatre A, The Rose Bowl, Saturday 2 April 2011, 2.00pm.

More information about the John La Rose Memorial Lecture

Rebellious Poetics: Slavery, Oppression and Agency in Edward Rushton?s Writings (1787-1814): A talk by Dr. Franca Dellarosa, hosted jointly by the Eighteenth-Century Worlds Research Centre and the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, School of History, University of Liverpool: (rescheduled to) Monday 31 January, at 5.30pm.

American Uprising: Slavery and Revolt in Nineteenth Century New Orleans: Daniel Rjnnasmussen discusses his first book, "American Uprising: The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt," the first book length account of the largest act of slave resistance in American history, the 1811 German Coast Uprising in New Orleans. 230 Prospect St., Room 101, New Haven, CT 06511: Monday, January 31, 2011 12:00 PM

Slavery, Slavery! Kara Walker's uses of history: A talk with Dr Michael Bibler (University of Manchester) At the University of Liverpool: 15 February, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

From Company Administration to Crown Control: Experimentation and Adaptation in Sierra Leone in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century: A talk with Professor Suzanne Schwarz of Hope University, Liverpool. At the University of Liverpool: 1 December 2010, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

French Caribbean Literature and Translation: visit of Maryse Condé and Richard Philcox: Birmingham French Studies' opening contribution to Black History Month is the joint visit of Maryse Condé and Richard Philcox. University of Birmingham Muirhead Tower G15: Thursday 30th September 2010, 2.30pm. 

Event programme and More information on Maryse Condé and Richard Philcox

The Federation of International Human Rights Museums Inaugural Conference 2010: Through workshops, debates and discussions, this free two day conference, at the International Slavery Museum, will explore how museums can be active to combat prejudice and promote human rights and social justice for all: 15 - 16 September 2010

Caribbean Research Seminar in the North: An Interdisciplinary Research Seminar on the Caribbean and its Diasporas, in association with the Society for Caribbean Studies. Next at Leeds Metropolitan University: 10 September 2010.

Re-thinking Post-Slavery Symposium: Closing event in the 'Re- thinking Post-Slavery' series. Speakers include Catherine Clinton, Livio Sansone, Aldrin Castellucci, Bruce Baker. At the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool: 2 July 2010 - 3 July 2010. 

View the programme for this symposium

Re-thinking Post-slavery: Postslavery in the Francophone CaribbeanA seminar exploring some of the myriad legacies of slavery and abolitionism in the Francophone Caribbean from the nineteenth century to today: University of Liverpool 25 June 2010

>> Research papers from this eventClick here to see the programme for this event

Caribbean Research Seminar in the North: An interdisciplinary Research Seminar on the Caribbean and its Diasporas, in association with the Society for Caribbean Studies. Next at the University of Sheffield: 28 May 2010

Liverpool Biennial presents TOUCHED Talks: Coco Fusco: In the run up to this years Liverpool Biennial in September, New York-based artist, writer, curator and teacher Coco Fusco reflects on how and why she tries to create works for the public that play with the demons of unreason: 26 May 2010, 19:00 - 21:00 at the Bluecoat, Liverpool.

Post-Slavery and Culture: A one day international seminar on the cultural legacies of slavery. Including keynote: Prof. Lubaina Himid: "Jelly Mould Pavilions for Liverpool: How to Commemorate Contribution." and a viewing of the film: Frederick Douglass and the White Negro: 21 May 2010, 12:00 - 19:00 at UCLAN. Register by 3 May

A Rebel Rant with Bonnie Greer: Obama - Is He Doing It?
Award winning novelist, playwright, and author, deputy Chair of the British Museum and transatlantic social and cultural commentator, brings to the Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool her unique voice: 14th May 2010, 19:30

Afromodernisms 1: Re-encounters with the French and Anglo-Atlantic Worlds, 1907-'61: A symposium at the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, University of Liverpool: 15 April 2010 – 17 April 2010 

>> Listen to Podcasts from this symposium here

Anatomy and the enslaved in the American South, Dr Stephen Kenny (University of Liverpool): Talks at Liverpool Medical Institution, University of Liverpool: 14 April 2010

>> View Related Research

Global Exhibitions: Contemporary Art and the African Diaspora:  Symposia at Tate Liverpool: 19 February 2010

>> Listen to Podcasts from this symposium here

Caribbean Research Seminar in the North: At the Research Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool: 22 January 2010

>> View research related to talks at this Seminar here 

Evening Events and Performances

Guillermo Gomez Pena and Roberto Sifuentes (La Pocha Nostra): Corpo Ilictio:

Using their bodies as sites for political reinvention and poetic prophesising, they explore the Bush administration’s criminalisation of the brown body and the emerging culture of hope that has developed in response to the former world order. The Bluecoat, Liverpool: Saturday, 27 November 2010, 8:00pm - 10:00pm. Follow the links to book tickets.

Soweto Kinch: The New Emancipation Tour: Stellar saxophonist Soweto Kinch pays homage to 19th century work songs and early blues by reigniting them with a polemical passion responding to the realities of debt/wage slavery and race in a post-Obama age. The Bluecoat, Liverpool: Tuesday, 16 November 2010, 8:00pm - 9:30pm. Follow the links to book tickets.

What's up @ the Schomburg? A Community Conversation: View 25 year retrospective exhibition and share a vision for the future of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: 29 July 2010, 5pm -8pm

Inua Ellams on Chris Ofili:  A performance at Tate Britain including poems responding to themes plucked from the Chris Ofili exhibition, performed against a backdrop of selected Ofili images.
Tate Britain, Manton Studio: Wednesday 28 April 2010, 13:00-14:00

L8 at the Tate: Back to The Timepiece: An evening of events at Tate Liverpool: Thursday 22 April 2010, 18:00–21:00.

>> View a podcast from this event

Special Events

Slavery Remembrance Day 2010: Each year Liverpool commemorates Slavery Remembrance Day with a series of events at the International Slavery Museum, Albert Dock: 23 August 2010.

Nelson Mandela day: Celebrate South African culture and the legacy of Nelson Mandela at the British Museum with music and dance performances, talks and storytelling: 18 July 2010, 11.00–16.00.

Africa Oye: The biggest live free African music festival in the UK! Including artists from Haiti, Burkina Faso, Benin, Cuba, Jamaica and much more: 19 & 20 June 2010, 12:30 - 21:30 both days at Sefton Park, Liverpool.

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