Black History Month in Oxford

A round up of events in Oxford

Black History Month in Oxford


The Untold Black History of the UK

Date: Thursday 18 October 
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Pembroke College
Event Details

To celebrate Black History 2018, the Pembroke Panthers have invited Ismael Lea South, the Director of the Salam Project to give a lecture on 'The Untold Black History of the UK'.

The Salam Project is a UK based organisation that delivers workshops and seminars and conferences targeted to BME communities around the country. This presentation will discuss the history of black people in the UK, dating all the way back to the Roman Empire. 

Come along to Pembroke Panthers' first public event of the year as it's not one to be missed!




Saturday 20 October 2018 10.00am—4.00pm

The Re-Imagining Cole symposium will examine the background, context and depictions of previously unseen caricatures of Christian Frederick Cole, Oxford University’s first Black African Scholar 1873, and the first Black African to practise Law in the English High Court, 1884.  The symposium will explore why Cole and his historic achievements were only portrayed in the form of parodies.

It will also explore Victorian portraits. 1873 – 1890, examining the broader issues of race and representation in portrait art. Who were the ‘notable’ figures of the day that had portraits commissioned and painted?  Did any comparable Black ‘notable’ figures have their portraits painted?   Did Cole have a picture commissioned and painted?

Finally, the symposium will pose the following questions:

should Cole’s image be re-imagined, if so, why?

What should a re-imagined imagetell an audience, who decides?

If an image of Cole was to be reimagined, what medium would be the most appropriate

and fitting to communicate Cole’s significant achievements?

with a panel of art historians, artists and academics including:

Dr Temi Odumosu, Malmo University, Africans in English Caricature, 1769-1819: Black Jokes, White Humour.

Dr Robin Darwall-Smith, University College, University of Oxford A History of University College, Oxford.

Robert Taylor, Photographer, Portraits of Achievement

Colin Harris, The Shrimpton Collection, BodleianLibraries

Pamela Roberts, The Untold Stories of Oxford University’s Black Scholars

£5 per person

£3 – concessions (over 60, student, unwaged).

Book tickets at:


Beyond Bilal by Mustafa Briggs

Monday 22nd October 6pm-7pm 

Co-hosted by Oxford University Islamic Society and Oxford University African-Caribbean Society!

Step free access to the room where the event will be held 

Beyond Bilal: Black History in Islam, is a presentation and lecture series that aims to explore and uncover the deep routed relationship between Islam and Black History; from Black Prophets and prominent figures in the Qur'an, to the unknown black Sahaba and scholars of the early generations, the history of Islam in Africa, and the legacy of contemporary African Islamic Scholarship and its role in the International Relations of the Muslim World

2018 Black History Month Lecture with Professor Ann Phoenix

Destabilising identities at home: Racialisation and intersectionality in a Brexit-Windrush landscape

Professor Phoenix is a distinguished psychologist and academic whose impressive range of research includes psychosocial issues related to identity, migration, masculinity, racism, ethnicity, sex and parenthood. Ann Phoenix is Professor of Psychosocial Studies at the Institute of Education, University College London.

Date: Tuesday 23 October
Time: 5.30pm
Venue: Pichette Auditorium, Pembroke College
All are welcome but booking is essential:


  1. Dasturzada Dr Jal Pavry Memorial Lectures and Race Equality in STEMM panel on 19 October – joint event with MPLS and MSD divisions. This event includes two research lectures (one on the biology of appetite, and another on mathematics) with a panel discussion on race equality in between. Attendees can attend any part of the event, or the entire thing if they wish. More info and registration:


  1. Beyond Boundaries art competition for Oxfordshire secondary school students in Years 7, 8 and 9 – deadline 31 October. Pupils are asked to create artwork based on research from one of 12 BAME researchers from MPLS - Thought I’d send this to you in case students know of pupils who would be interested in participating or have school contacts they could share this with. I’ve attached the flyer.


  1. Black Panther event at Blackbird Leys Community Centre that’s part of the Oxford Science and Ideas Festival – 22 October. A few of our researchers are participating and presenting at this event (flyer below). IF Festival info:


Audre Lorde: Black History Month Celebration?

Date: Wednesday 24th October
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: St Hilda's College
Event Details

As part of our Black History Month celebrations, the Queer Studies Network and St Hilda's Feminist Salon are delighted to host an evening to celebrate the life and work of Audre Lorde.

Lady Brodie Room, St Hilda's College
6:10pm: Introduction to the life and work of Audre Lorde
6:20pm: Screening of 'Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years'
8:00pm: Readings of Audre Lorde poetry, writings and responses to Lorde's work (sign-up)

Snacks and soft drinks provided (alcoholic beverages may be purchased from the College bar).

Sign-up to read Lorde's poetry, writings or your responses (prose or poetry) to her work here: 

This event is open to all, however, we ask that attendees respect the nature of the event by giving priority for readings and responses to Black participants.


Oxford ACS Black History Month Showcase: IMPRESSIONS

18:00 on Monday 29th October at Mansfield College.


Exploring what it is to be Black in Britain, IMPRESSIONS looks at how generations of African descendants contributed innovatively to the social, political and cultural development of the United Kingdom. Bringing together various art forms, we gather to examine how the representation of African and Caribbean people has changed over time, to celebrate the achievements we have made, and to explore Afrofuturism. Ooooota Adepo will be doing an opening keynote for the 'past' segment of the showcase.


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