We ask: In a nation where Black pasts are erased and the present is under threat, how do we begin conceptualising the future?

The 2019 symposium responded to this by raising questions about the meanings of Black identities in Britain from this moment post- Windrush and Brexit. By anticipating the future of Black possibilities we can articulate contemporary realities and theorise how to move forward in the present hostile environment.

The symposium had five main aims:

  • Create a network of postgraduate and early career researchers located in Britain who centre their projects on Black Studies and Afro-futurity.
  • Establish an anticipatory study approach as a method for postgraduate research on marginalised groups.
  • Develop academic opportunities (conferences and journal articles) for Black Studies debates emerging in Britain.
  • Encourage dialogue, collaboration and interdisciplinary exchange across the Arts and Humanities and beyond.
  • Promote The Midlands as the leading region for Black Studies Research in Europe.


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