Stuart Hall, Social Justice (1993)
We take as our starting point, the title of Stuart Hall’s essay, ‘What Is This “Black” in Black Popular Culture?’ and ask our panelists to consider Black.
Popular Culture in their lifetime, in their work and in other’s work, that they engage with . What we need to consider for the future – working outside the rest of Europe ? Hall’s essay was published 20 years after we’d been in this space, now we need to consider, 23 years after he wrote it, where are we now and where do we go from here.
Establishing the cultural frameworks to enable the discussion and to explore the Black dynamic theory and practice.
Conference 1 will aim to lay the theoretical and critical foundations, which will help to frame and form the basis of discussion for the ongoing series.
Who are we when we talk about Black?
In a society made up of people with multiple cultural references and hybrid identities, how do we name ourselves?
Who is doing the naming?
- Explore how the cultural, political and the personal relate to current representational practices and our knowledge of the past and contribute to our aspirations for the future.
- Examining and challenge artistic and curatorial practices as they relate to the cultural politics of skin colour, race and representation with particular reference to people of African decent and the arts.
- Discuss what is currently accessible and how do we make it accessible for modern black/African identities to engage on an equal par?
Keynote speakers and panelists will be drawn from cultural theorists, activists, professionals and practicing artists.
Intro/ Welcome/ Housekeeping
Chair – Kevin Le Gendre
Idols and Icons
Chair: Lola OkolosieK
Chair: Wail Qasim
London Locks (Best Documentary at the New Renaissance London Film Fest.)
Chair: Fiona Compton
Spoken Word Performance
Q&A and book Signing
7.30 – 9pm
Sat: 19th November
Time: 9am -9pm
Open to public including SOAS staff and students.
Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT),
University of London,
London WC1H OXG
Based in central London — SOAS is a short walk from the London Underground’s Goodge Street and Russell Square stations.