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Monday 25 October 2021

 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Hidden Histories

with Fatima Manji, Professor Corinne Fowler, Dr Nima Poovaya-Smith and Reyahn King

There are countless hidden threads running throughout British history that have long been forgotten or erased over time. Join Award-winning broadcaster Fatima Manji and author and researcher, Professor Corrine Fowler and Dr Nima Poovaya-Smith, for an in-conversation chaired by CEO of York Museums Trust, Reyahn King, as we investigate the importance of resetting the curatorial lens in a nation struggling with identity and the legacy of empire.

The death of the African-American George Floyd was followed by global protests for social justice and racial equality. Anger directed at statues memorialising controversial individuals from Britain's colonial past shone a spotlight on museums and collections, and museums expressed solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement; but what actions will follow the words for those institutions and their approaches to telling stories around Britain's imperial past?

As historians and curators take new approaches to British imperial history, the discussion will explore how Britain’s heritage sector can go further in pointing us to a more complex national history than is commonly remembered. Who are the agents of change? What part do artists, activists, curators, educators, researchers, and archivists play? And, how can we, the public, engage in shifting these narratives? 

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Tuesday 26 October 2021
6.30pm to 7.30pm

The New Age of Empire

with Professor Kehinde Andrews


As part of our Black History Month programme, join us for this timely and fascinating talk with Kehinde Andrews, Professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University, on his recent book The New Age of Empire.

The New Age of Empire takes us back to the beginning of the European Empires, outlining the deliberate terror and suffering wrought during every stage of the expansion, and destroys the self-congratulatory myth that the West was founded on the three great revolutions of science, industry and politics. Instead, genocide, slavery and colonialism are the key foundation stones upon which the West was built, and we are still living under this system today: America is now at the helm, perpetuating global inequality through business, government, and institutions like the UN, the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO.

The West is rich because the Rest is poor. Capitalism is racism. The West congratulations itself on raising poverty by increments in the developing world while ignoring the fact that it created these conditions in the first place, and continues to perpetuate them. The Enlightenment, which underlies every part of our foundational philosophy today, was and is profoundly racist. This colonial logic was and is used to justify the ransacking of Black and brown bodies and their land. The fashionable solutions offered by the white Left in recent years fall far short of even beginning to tackle the West's place at the helm of a racist global order.

Offering no easy answers, The New Age of Empire is essential reading to understand our profoundly corrupt global system. A work of essential clarity, The New Age of Empire is a groundbreaking new blueprint for taking Black Radical thought into the twenty-first century and beyond.

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