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The battle for Black Studies



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The Department of Sociology in the The School of Arts and Social Sciences welcomes Dr Kehinde Andrews as part of its 2017-18 Research Seminar Series.

In September 2017, we will launch the first Black Studies degree in Europe at Birmingham City University. It being not only a celebration of Black perspectives at universities but rather with an aim to use the opportunity to capitalise the university space to help develop what Abdul Alkalimaat calls the ‘science of liberation’.

Black Studies has a long history in the UK, being done in grassroots community organisations and supplementary schools. This talk will discuss the importance of developing a critical Black Studies course and the tensions of housing the degree and research in a university space. Black Studies, it argues, is essential -- but can it flourish in the institutionally racist space of a university?

About the speaker

Dr Kehinde Andrews, Associate Professor

Dr Kehinde Andrews, Associate Professor of Sociology, has been leading the development of the Black Studies Degree at Birmingham City University. His book Black Radicalism will be published in July 2018. He recently co-edited Blackness in Britain (2016) and his first book was Resisting Racism: Race, Inequality and the Black Supplementary School Movement (2013). Kehinde is director of the Centre for Critical Social Research; founder of the Organisation of Black Unity; and co-chair of the Black Studies Association.

The talk will commence at 2:30pm and will be introduced by Jo Littler, Centre for Culture and Creative Industries, Sociology.

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When & where

2.30pm - 4.00pmWednesday 1st November 2017

DLG20 Rhind Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1R 0JD United Kingdom