After Talk Must Come Action: Racial Resistance and Remaking

We are pleased to announce that the Modern Records Centre has collaborated with Warwick SU to produce an open series of educational events, including exhibitions, seminars and panel talks. Our first series is called ‘After Talk Must Come Action: Racial Resistance and Remaking’ and has 5 fortnightly events taking place this term…

The idea for this series stemmed from discussions over Warwick Black History Month, organised by the Students Union. Black History Month is dedicated to recognising and celebrating the contributions to black history and culture.

This month saw a series of events including:

  • “Living in Terror: The Impact of Islamophobia on Muslims in Twenty-First Century Britain”
  • Black Music Day, music playing in Terrace Bar all day, 8pm social.
  • A trip to see West End smash hit The Scottsboro Boys
  • “This Doesn’t Happen to White People: Why Do So Many Black Boys End Up Shot Dead By The Police?”

As the MRC is home to the Minority Arts Archive, a fantastic collection holding material and photographs, which showcase art projects from minority communities. We also have a range of material on racial protests and movements.

I saw an opportunity to contribute to Black History Month 2015, as I felt that our collections would be of great interest to those involved with Black History Month. It also offered an opportunity for us to promote our collections to the Warwick community, as many people would not be aware that we held primary source material relevant to their interests.

After meeting with representatives of the Student Union in December, we were inspired by the wide variety of material on race and resistance. The Education Officer was also keen to promote and use the archives and we decided to launch Warwick Open Education Series, an umbrella under which all of our collaborative events can sit. The Education Officer was already in the stages of hosting a panel talk on “Why is My Curriculum White?” so we created an additional 4 events to fit this theme; acts of resistance to racial oppression.

Here is our schedule of events for ‘After Talk Must Come Action: Racial Resistance and Remaking’:

Friday 16th January 2015, 7.00pm

PANEL: “Why is My Curriculum White?”

Speakers: Adam Elliot-Cooper, Malia Bouattia

Location: MS.02, Maths and Statistics Building

“Why Is My Curriculum White?” is a campaign at UCL produced by their Dismantling the Master’s House community of academics, staff and students. It investigates ideas of racial supremacy in curriculums and intellectual cultures.

Tuesday 27th January 2015, 6.30pm

EXHIBITION: Crossing Borders: Experiences of Immigration in Britain 

Location: Modern Records Centre (maximum capacity of twenty)

This event will be examining aspects of the immigrant experience in Britain through primary sources on the following themes: Housing and Education, Racism and violence, Refugees, Employment

We will be providing a short introductory lecture on immigration to Britain followed by a guided tour of the exhibition delivered by MRC Assistant Archivist Liz Wood and a post-tour discussion seminar.

Thursday 12th February, 6.15pm

SEMINAR: By Any Means Necessary? : Questioning Ideas of Militancy in the Civil Rights Struggle 

Speaker: Abi Awojobi

Location: Modern Records Centre (maximum capacity of twenty)

This seminar will make use of primary sources – including original Black Panther newsletters and pamphlets – to investigate notions of civil rights ‘militancy’, and will examine the diversity of approaches utilised for the aim of civil liberties. We will deliver a talk followed by a seminar in which we encourage discussion.

Tuesday 24th February, 6.15pm

SEMINAR: Inquilab Zindabad: Resisting the British Raj in India 

Location: Modern Records Centre (maximum capacity of twenty)

This seminar will look at three narratives of resistance to British rule in colonial India, using primary source material from the MRC’s archive collections.

Tuesday 10th March, 6.15pm

LECTURE: No Justice, No Peace: Black British Communities

Location: S021, Social Sciences

With recent discussion on institutional discrimination and race-based miscarriages of justice erupting in America, this talk will look at the experiences of Black British communities.

Due to the nature of the events, the two seminars and exhibition guided tour will have a maximum capacity of twenty. In order to allow individuals a fair chance of accessing these three events we are asking individuals to express interest in attending these events by completing a sign-up form

We will be selecting participants and are asking for information on certain characteristics to ensure fair participation from a diverse range of people.

All other events have no maximum capacity and no sign-up is required.

All of our events are free and inclusive.

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