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28 October

Goldsmiths History Society presents The Hallmarks of Slave Trade and Imperial Legacies: The Politics Surrounding Black African Immigration in Britain

Professor Stuart Hall Building, Room LG02, London

From Free


28 October 2021

19:00 - 20:30




Non - Music


Black History Month

The presentation examines one of the neglected themes in post-war Black British immigration historiography, that of examining why has it been dominated by immigrants from the West Indies with Africans at the periphery. 

In recognition of this disproportionate African and West Indian migration into Britain in the immediate years following the end of World War Two, the paper will be presenting arguments that challenges post-war Black British history that has been too simplistic and often conflated with Afro-Caribbean immigrants. 

This skewed narrative trivialises and obscures the complex role of difference between Africans and West Indians that shaped post-war Black immigration trends in Britain. In developing the argument, it will be making connections between post-war Black immigration politics and the racial prejudices and stereotypes entrenched in sixteenth century Transatlantic Slave Trade, and the nineteenth century colonisation of Africa.   

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Venue Info

Goldsmiths SU Bar, 10 Dixon Rd, New Cross, London, London SE14 6NW