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2nd February: ‘Decolonising Collections’ and Migration Narratives – Unique methodologies

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This session in our 2021/2022 seminar series features two speakers.

The first paper, presented by Shreya Gutpa, is titled: ” Decolonising Collections: Investigating knowledge formation networks in colonial India with specific reference to numisatics”

‘The histories of the South Asian collections located in UK museums are inextricably tied to colonialism. The exact conditions under which these objects were transferred from the colony to the metropole are still being researched. In the case of South Asian collections, collecting histories have focused on two types of objects. First are the ‘oriental’ objects collected and even looted by British officials. Second are the antiquities collected under the institutional surveys of the early days of colonial rule. Here Indians took on the role of intermediaries, working as translators or assistants to colonial officials in the Indian administration.

My project takes this story forward by exploring a fuller history of collection and knowledge production. I do this by looking at the Indian collectors involved in assembling the coin collections housed in various museums in England. While these collections are named after British collectors, Jose Gerson da Cunha, H. Nelson Wright, Alfred Master and R. B. Whitehead, we know little about the Indian scholars and collectors who were involved in the collections’ formations. I will explore their involvement in collecting, investigating, and studying South Asian coins. Together European and Indian numismatists and their networks helped in the co-production of knowledge about Indian history based on these coins. Telling this fuller history of the formation of coin collections and the production of knowledge by addressing colonial histories will be a step that contributes towards decolonising the country’s colonial collections.’

Shreya is a first-year PhD candidate working on an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Project in the History department at the University of Exeter in collaboration with the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. The project is titled “Decolonising Collections: Investigating knowledge formation networks in colonial India with specific reference to numismatics”. Shreya will explore the history of four collections of Indian coins, currently held in the Ashmolean, the British Museum and the Fitzwilliam. While these collections are named after British coin collectors, we know little about the Indian scholars who helped them in assembling the collections. She aims to uncover the role of Indian scholars and collectors in creating these collections.

The project’s larger aim is to investigate the role of Indian scholarly networks in producing expert knowledge about Indian history. It aims to contribute to the work of decolonising museums by telling a fuller history of South Asian collections in the UK.

The second paper, presented by Marvi Slathia, is titled: “Glancing culture of POJK people in Jammu and Kashmir through their narratives.”

‘The proposed paper focuses on the culture history, memory and practices of the Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (POJK) people residing in J&K after their migration in 1947. The main thrust will be on the oral narratives of these survivors, who are chroniclers of the agony, pain, trauma, brutalities and loss of families, property, culture and identity in the violent division of the erstwhile princely state. Though J&K did not witness the Partition in the manner the other parts of India did, the survivors of the event in this geographical area faced the backlash and fury of communal forces immediately post-Partition in 1947.

The proposed paper will broadly focus on the life of these survivors through these tumultuous days and their new existence in independent India. The interviews conducted encompass the social, economic and cultural aspects of the migrants’ changed circumstances and are witness to ever-haunting memories and longing to revisit their homeland. The recollections of these survivors revolve around accounts of various common festivals in their motherland, such as the Baisakhi Mela, and food they in undivided Jammu & Kashmir, which were celebrated by people of all religions. How all that is drastically changing in present generation worry them. The words of these last survivors embrace hope for a better future. The paper records the journey of the migrants through different places, holding on to the few possessions they hastily managed to retrieve from their sudden uprooting. Most of these migrants are helpless to ensure the survival of their mother tongue, culture, traditions, etc. They have to depend on the dominant culture of the natives for their survival as well articulated by Gramsci. The paper highlights the poignant stories of three generations survivors from POJK different communities residing in the Jammu region.’

Marvi Slathia is currently a Ph.D. researcher at the Centre for Political Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi, India. She is doing ethnographic study of border areas refugee of 1947 in different time interval of conflict in Jammu and Kashmir. Her M.Phil dissertation draws on ethnographic research conducted with 1947 Partition Survivors in Jammu region. She has presented her research work at many international and national forums including the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Lund University, Sweden, ECSAS 2021, University of Vienna, Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Calcutta Research Group, Kolkata and Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH) New Delhi, IIT Madras and among others on the theme of Partition, Migration, Citizenship, Refugees, Borders and conflict in Jammu and Kashmir. She has published her research articles in journals and seminar proceeding volumes. Since graduation, she has occasionally contributed to the newspaper Kashmir Times published from Jammu and Kashmir, including several opinion and analytical pieces. Her research interests include Oral Narrative, Partition History, Migration, Refugees, Citizenship Laws and Women at the Borderland of Jammu.

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Date & Time

Wednesday 2nd February 2022

17:00 – 18:00 GMT

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28th January: BACLS Online Seminar: Decolonising the Curriculum

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An opportunity for BACLS members to share ideas about and experiences of decolonising the curriculum.

The seminar will take the form of 5-minute reflections from teacher-researchers followed by an open discussion.

Date & Time

Postponed

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26th January: Shaping the Conversation: Decolonising Film with Nigerian Women Filmmakers

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African women filmmakers are continuously making powerful statements through their creative efforts in film and television. These statements are remarkably changing film narratives and drawing global attention to the film industries in Nigeria and Africa at large. However, these women and their films are excluded from global film and screen studies programmes. At this virtual roundtable with three prestigious filmmakers, Kemi Adetiba, Omoni Oboli and Tope Oshin, we will discuss how women are dismantling historic barriers to filmmaking, crafting on-screen stories and shaping academic narratives about Nollywood, Africa’s largest film industry. The Zoom link will be circulated to registrants before the event.

Date & Time

Wednesday 26th January 2022

16:00 – 19:00 GMT

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27th October: The Campaign to remove the statue of Robert Peel in Manchester

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As well as Black History Month being an opportunity to look to the future and celebrate the achievements of Black People here & now, it’s also an important time to reflect on the past & what has come before that has led us to where we are in society. With the ongoing debate around statues of problematic figures of the past being so divisive, LSBU presents this session with one of our very own academics & researchers, Dr Sami Pinarbasi, to hear his thoughts on the matter & why he’s taking action…

“In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, many statues that feature throughout the urban landscapes of our cities have come under well-deserved scrutiny. One of these statues, located in Manchester, is of Robert Peel. It is no coincidence that Peel, and his statue represent the intersection of modern policing, race, capitalism, and slavery. It is with this in mind that this session will explore our popular understanding of Peel and his historic legacy” – Sami Pinarbasi

Dr Sami Pinarbasi is a researcher based at LSBU. His research interests include a microhistorical focus on Manchester in the 18th and 19th centuries, capitalism, slavery and abolition and digital humanities. He is currently investigating LSBU’s connections to slavery, imperialism, and colonialism.

This event has been co-organised by Equinet, LSBU’s Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic & Allies Network and LSBU’s Race, Gender and Sexualities Research Group. It will be delivered via Zoom. You will receive the joining instructions 2 days before the event takes place.

Check out our full programme events for Black History Month 2021 here!

Date & Time

Wednesday 27th October 2021

15:00 – 16:00

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26th October: LGBTQ+ Thought Leaders: Challenging public perceptions ft. Dr Ronx

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As part of our ongoing LGBTQ+ Thought Leaders Series and Black History Month 2021 at LSBU, we are delighted to welcome special guest Dr Ronx for an insightful & thought-provoking evening to hear about their passion for everything they do!

Dr Ronx is an emergency medicine doctor, a TV presenter (you may have seen them presenting Channel 4’s investigative documentary ‘Is Covid Racist?‘), advocate & activist and inspirational speaker – that’s just the tip of the iceberg. They’re community focused, support many charities & organisations through fundraisers & campaigns as well as mentor young people wanting to apply to medical school. All of which is done in their unique style – both in their impressive way of communicating with the public, especially young people…

…And their actual style with Dr Ronx proudly being known for their ‘penchant for suits and Nike Air Max 95’s. The latter, whilst not seemingly as important as some of their other achievements, is part of what makes them so approachable – being able to be their true quirky self is fundamental to their work around acceptance, equality & happiness.

Dr Ronx describes themself as a a queer, black, androgynous intersectional feminist. Armed with this and along with their medical knowledge, Dr Ronx uses their voice and their platforms – whether Instagram, TV & beyond – to educate, inspire and challenge public perceptions & opinions on a wide variety of topics including: racism, LGBTQ+ & women’s rights, domestic abuse, public health and much more. Their motto “ You cannot be, what you do not see” is testament to their commitment to inspire young people to ensure their voices are heard and know their dreams are achievable. And as someone who put themself through medical school, Dr Ronx knows that their own experience & being seen can help young people believe in themselves & what they’re capable of.

Having overcome many challenges, Dr. Ronx’s story, whilst unique, resonates with many young people and certainly with many of our own students who have to fight that bit harder to get to where they want to be. At LSBU, we believe there should be ‘No Barriers to Brilliance‘ – and Dr Ronx truly embodies this. So we hope you’ll join us to explore their passion & drive, challenge your own perceptions and ultimately, feel inspired!

Programme

5pm – Welcome & Zoom functionalityNeil Hudson-Basing, Corporate Events Manager, LSBU

5.05pm – Intro & scene setting

5.10pm – In conversation with… Dr Ronx

5.40pm – Audience Q&A

6.10pm – Closing remarks, summary & thanks

6.15pm – Close

This event will be delivered via Zoom. You will receiving the joining instructions a few days before the event takes place.

Check out our full programme events for Black History Month 2021 here!

Date & Time

Tuessday 26th October 2021

17:00 – 18:15

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21st October: Race in Architectural Education: Decolonising the Curriculum

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How do we decolonise architectural education in the UK? Race in Architectural Education is a one-day symposium with a workshop and keynote speaker at Oxford Brookes University, School of Architecture. Conceived by a new steering group for the collaboration between Place, Culture and Identity research group and Black in Architecture research unit, the symposium will highlight work at the school, invite external work, and initiate dialogue among academics, students, professionals and those working in architecture and related disciplines.

This event is organised by the Place, Culture and Identity research group in collaboration with Black in Architecture research, as part of a series of research impact activities programmed for the academic year 2021/2022. Black in Architecture is a new research community, hosted by the Place, Culture and Identity research group at Oxford Brookes University. The research initiative is exploring racial equity and aims to create an industry Charter and approach to help address race and systemic racism in UK architecture. The inaugural symposium and workshop will bring together practitioners, academics and students of architecture to share current work and catalyse action for change.

PhD candidate and Architect, Juliet Sakyi-Ansah, founder of Black in Architecture, said: “I want Black in Architecture to directly influence change at decision-making levels by amplifying the voices of those who experience systemic racism. I am passionate about architecture, but as an industry it needs to be more receptive to diversity. Now is the time to include all the voices and experiences of all ethnic minority groups in architecture.” Juliet Sakyi-Ansah – https://blackinarchitecture.uk/

Date & Time

Thursday 21st October 2021

09:00 – 17:00

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Registration to attend the event is free for all Oxford Brookes University staff and students.

A registration fee will apply to all other attendees. This will contribute towards delivering the 2021/22 programme.

Please note by registering on here, you are expressing your interest to attend the event only.

You will receive an email from blackinarch AT brookes DOT ac DOT UK to follow up and complete the registration process.

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20th October: Accelerating action on the Awarding Gap – Lunch & Learn

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As part of Black History Month 2021 at LSBU, we are pleased to introduce Nathan Ghann, an inclusive education practitioner, Director of the Educate Group and associate consultant with Advance HE.

Nathan will be joining us to deliver a session on ‘Accelerating action on the Awarding Gap’ which will provide participants with a detailed understanding of the awarding gap, what the main factors are that contribute to it and provide research-informed case study examples, toolkits and strategies that have shown to reduce disparities in outcomes. This will be followed by an interactive discussion and Q&A.

Previously a Lecturer in business enterprise, Nathan went on to hold the position of Student Success Lead at the University of Hertfordshire and worked on the Office for Students funded project ‘Addressing barriers to Student Success: using a value-added metric and inclusive curriculum approach. Additionally, Nathan was the founding Chair of the UH BAME Staff Network and contributed to the Race Equality Charter mark self-assessment team. Recently, he published a chapter entitled ‘Turning big data into informed action’ in the book Doing Equity and Diversity for Success in Higher Education.

This event has been organised by Equinet, LSBU’s Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic & Allies Network. We hope you’ll join us to hear from Nathan as we explore the importance of this accelerating action & how we can all play a part.

This event will be delivered via Zoom. You will receive the joining instructions 2 days before the event takes place.

Check out our full programme events for Black History Month 2021 here!

Date & Time

Wednesday 20th October 2021

13:00 – 14:00

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18th October: An evening with Karen Arthur: Celebrating life after 50

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We are absolutely delighted to host an intimate & interactive evening with the inimitable Karen Arthur to mark World Menopause Day and to celebrate Black History Month 2021 at LSBU!

Karen’s journey has led her in many directions. After many years as a teacher, Karen is now a fashion creative, stylist, model, content creator, private sewing tutor, menopause advocate & activist and inspirational public speaker. With this host of titles under her figurative – yet no doubt fashionable – belt, Karen is using her unique voice to share her own experiences of the menopause & mental health to support & empower women to take up their space, own their value & challenge the outdated stereotypes for life after 50. And she uncompromisingly states that her journey is far from over as she approaches 60 next year….

Menopause Whilst Black

Karen presents and produces her podcast ‘Menopause whilst Black’ – a podcast that centres around Black British women’s experiences with menopause in a bid to diversify this topic. Following on from the launch of LSBU’s menopause policy & a range of events exploring some of the many themes that arise around the menopause, Karen’s work aligns perfectly with our commitment to creating & encouraging work spaces that are understanding, aware & supportive.

Wear Your Happy

Through her love of fashion & her bold creative streak, Karen is passionate about dressing for the way you feel & exploring the links between fashion & wellbeing. This has inspired ‘Wear Your Happy‘, or #wearyourhappy on social media, whereby Karen emboldens you to use clothing & accessories to ‘stand up, stand out and feel wonderful’. We invite you to do this during this event… There’s a slot in the programme to share your #wearyourhappy story, moment, outfit or accessories with other attendees if you wish… and Karen is excited to see them!

We hope you’ll join us for this celebratory, insightful & empowering evening with Karen – the more the merrier.

Provisional programme

5pm – Welcome and zoom functionality – Neil Hudson Basing, Corporate Events Manager, LSBU

5.05pm – Intro & scene setting

5.10pm – Keynote speech by Karen Arthur

5.35pm – ‘In conversation with…’

5.50pm – Audience Q&A

6.05pm – Wear Your Happy! Your chance to share your ‘happy’ with Karen & our other attendees whether it’s your outfit/ favourite accessory & the story behind it!

6.25pm – Final words & summary

6.30pm – Close

This event will be delivered on Zoom. You will receive the joining instructions the week before the event takes place.

Follow Karen on Instagram and/or Twitter – and share your outfits on the evening using the hashtags #wearyourhappy and #lsbubhm2021.

Check out our full programme events for Black History Month 2021 here!

Date & Time

Monday 18th October 2021

17:00 – 18:30

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14th October: Hidden Black History in the Streets of London – Lunch & Learn

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As we celebrate Black History Month 2021 at LSBU, we’re delighted to welcome back Black History Walks for another insightful and interactive virtual walk through times past!

This session will cover a range of elements from twelve Black History walks that span across North, South, East & West London exploring topics such as:

  • World War 2
  • Ancient African civilizations
  • Classical music & art
  • Black British Civil rights
  • Science and invention

..and more!

This event has been organised by Equinet, LSBU’s Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic & Allies Network and will be delivered via Zoom. You will receive the joining instructions 2 days before the event takes place.

Check out our full programme events for Black History Month 2021 here!

Date & Time

Thursday 14th October 2021

13:00 – 14:00

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13th October: In conversation with Dame Elizabeth Anionwu: Dreams From My Mother

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LSBU are incredibly privileged to be hosting an ‘In conversation with…’ event with Dame Elizabeth Anionwu – and you’re invited to come & hear Dame Elizabeth discuss her new book ‘Dreams From My Mother‘ & her life with our very own Professor Calvin Moorley, Chair of Diversity & Social Justice in LSBU’s Institute of Health & Social Care.

Accurately hailed as one of the UK’s greatest ever nurses, Dame Elizabeth’s moving & inspiring story addresses issues of race, culture, identity, family, hope and much more. From her childhood to her political awakening and becoming the first ever sickle cell nurse specialist, Dame Elizabeth ‘s recent work has focused on the impact of COVID-19 on Black & Asian Communities. In addition to her extensive & impressive career, Dame Elizabeth is also a Pride of Britain awardee and one of the BBC’s 100 Women of the Year 2020.

Join us to listen in on what’s guaranteed to be a fascinating conversation between Professor Moorley & Dame Elizabeth and to celebrate the launch of her new book, her incredible achievements & Black History Month 2021 at LSBU.

Provisional programme

3pm – Welcome & virtual housekeeping Neil Hudson-Basing, Corporate Events Manager

3.05pm – Intro & scene settingProfessor Calvin Moorley, LSBU

3.10pm – In conversation… Dame Elizabeth Anionwu & Professor Calvin Moorley

3.45pm – Audience Q&A and discussion

4.25pm – Closing remarks & summary

4.30pm – Close

This session will be delivered via Zoom and you will receive the joining instructions 2 days before the event takes place.

Check out our full programme events for Black History Month 2021 here!

Date & Time

Wednesday 13th October 2021

15:00 – 16:30

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