6 July 2018 – 23 September 2018

Pacific Communities

TŪHURATANGA – VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY: PHOTOGRAPHS BY CRYSTAL TE MOANANUI-SQUARES

(BRITISH LIBRARY, LONDON) Free

“A contemporary encounter with Pacific communities in the UK. Portraits navigate ideas of identity and connection between diverse cultures, while responding to historical interpretations of collection items within our James Cook: The Voyages exhibition.”

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26-27 August 2018

Notting Hill Carnival

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL 2018

(LONDON)

“A yearly celebration of London’s Caribbean communities, their culture and traditions, which has been taking place since 1966. The Carnival takes places over two days and features a parade and fantastic live music, including reggae, dub and salsa. There are also 37 static soundsystems, soca floats, steel bands and a whole lot of delicious Caribbean food.”

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30 August 2018

Kathleen Wrasama Tower Hamlet Archives

KATHLEEN WRASAMA: BLACK BRITISH WOMEN ACTIVISTS TALK BY NUMBI ARTS

(TOWER HAMLETS LOCAL HISTORY LIBRARY & ARCHIVE, LONDON) Free

“The names and stories of black women are conspicuously absent from the history of East London. Kathleen Wrasama, is one of the few the archive can provide. Taken by church missionaries from Ethiopia as a child before the First World War, she found a home in East London as a part of the Somali sailors’ community. Join us as we explore the life of Kathleen and the black women the archives are unable/unwilling to speak about. Hudda Khaireh is an independent researcher and artist with a background in Public International Law. Part of Numbi Arts Festival 2018 Residency & August Takeover at The Women’s Hall. Our residency at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library features the Numbi mobile museum, a project exploring the histories of East African diaspora women, our anti-imperialist and feminist resistances, and connection to London’s historic East End. All Numbi Arts Festival 2018 events are free. As we are a non-profit organisation run by unpaid volunteers, we recommend a-pay-what-you-can donation. This festival is suitable for all ages and is wheelchair accessible.”

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5-27 September 2018

Gil Mualem-Doron

THE NEW BABYLONIANS – AN EXHIBITION BY GIL MUALEM-DORON

(RICH MIX, LONDON) Free

“In The New Babylonian Gil Mualem-Doron presents several socially engaged art projects, some of which were exhibited previously at the Tate Modern, Liverpool Museum and the Turner Contemporary. The exhibition presents a complex and challenging participatory projects on the theme of belonging, memory, place and identity that has resulted in captivating art that captures the spirit of our times and this great city. This city is New Babylon, not exactly the fantastical playground that was envisaged by the Dutch artist Constant Nieuwenhuys in the late sixties, nor the city in which a tower is built, tall enough to reach heaven. The New Babylonians are the people of a town that, as William Morris vision, is nowhere, yet the foundations of that city can be seen everywhere, if you just care to look. There will be a Private View at 6pm, Wed 12 September in our Lower Café Gallery.”

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7 September 2018

Appiah

LITERATURE MATTERS: THE STORIES THAT SHAPE US

(BRITISH LIBRARY, LONDON)

“Identity and literature with Kwame Anthony Appiah, Reith Lecturer and Chair of the Man Booker Prize 2018 judges. ‘Creed. Colour. Country. Culture. All these things can become forms of confinement, conceptual mistakes underwriting moral ones. But that’s not to deny that they can also give contours to our freedom. Social identities connect the small scale where we live our lives alongside our kith and kin with larger movements, causes, and concerns. They can make a wider world intelligible, alive, and urgent.’ So says philosopher and cultural theorist Kwame Anthony Appiah in the last of his 2016 Reith Lectures. In this Literature Matters event, coinciding with the publication of his new work, The Lies That Bind, Appiah continues to examine identity, weaving personal anecdote and literary example, exploring the tangled contradictions within the stories that define us. In conversation with BBC journalist and presenter Razia Iqbal, Appiah will discuss how the stories we read and tell shape who we are.”

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7 September 2018

Representing Islam on Campus

RELIGION AND SECULARISM ON CAMPUS: THE CHANGING DIMENSIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE

(SOAS, LONDON) Free

“This two-day international conference will explore the diversity of ways in which religious and non-religious identities are experienced, encountered and catered for on higher education campuses in the UK, Europe and beyond. We invite proposals for papers that explore any dimension of religion or non-religion on campuses in any geographical context, focussing on a particular tradition, group or movement or on the interactions between different parties, or on broader cultural or political changes impacting upon how religion is expressed within campus contexts. We hope that the conference will attract a range of epistemological positions and disciplinary standpoints.”

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11 September 2018

Troubling Objects

TROUBLING OBJECTS: INTERROGATING COLLECTING AND COLLECTIONS

(V&A, LONDON)

“Troubling Objects will bring together academics, artists, activists and museum professionals to share ideas about how we can rethink both histories of collecting and the representation, interpretation and display of historical collections.

Through critical engagement with the often uncomfortable and ‘troubling’ histories that can be present in publicly and privately-owned collections, Troubling Objects aims to continue ongoing discussions in the cultural sector about what it means to ‘decolonise’ museums. The emphasis will not solely be placed on objects and collections, but also on institutional practices themselves. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on the current state of contemporary cultural institutions, whether museums, galleries or universities, discuss the barriers and structures that continue to underpin the way collecting and collections are studied, curated and accessed, and explore alternatives to current practice. This will be a public conversation. The day will be structured so as to ensure discussion is open and inclusive. Each session will revolve around a particular question, with responses welcomed from both panellists and the audience. Each speaker will be asked to give a 5-10 minute answer to the question set, leaving plenty of time for wider discussion. Speakers will include: Priya Khanchandani, Aliyah Hasinah, Sean Curran, S. I. Martin, Jocelyn Dodd, Subhadra Das, Jane Wildgoose, Sushma Jansari and Sandra Shakespeare. An evening wine reception will follow the symposium.”

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15-23 September 2018

Unfortunate Inheritances

A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE INHERITANCES

(V&A, LONDON) Free

“A film installation that puts a human face to history in ways that archives cannot. Five short films by V&A Research Institute Artist in Residence Victoria Adukwei Bulley exploring the links between British slave-ownership and the development of the V&A.”

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17 September 2018

Gary Younge

IDENTITY POLITICS: A TERM WHOSE TIME HAS GONE

(THE BRITISH ACADEMY, LONDON) Free

“Author, broadcaster and editor-at-large for The Guardian Gary Younge discusses in conversation how identity politics has effectively come to mean anything you want it to, so long as you don’t like it. As such, since it is a term so wilfully misunderstood, it is no longer worth claiming or even necessarily critiquing. But the original idea that underpins it still holds true. None of us come to politics from a vacuum – we arrive with affiliations that mould our worldview. Who and what we are does not define what we think, but it certainly helps shape it. Speaker: Gary Younge, Author, broadcaster and editor-at-large for The Guardian. Live subtitling will take place at this event, provided by Stagetext.”

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20 September 2018

Decolonising Architecture

STEPHEN LAWRENCE MEMORIAL LECTURE 2018: THE CHANGING FACE OF ARCHITECTURE BY RIBA

(ROYAL INSTITUTE OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS, LONDON)

“RIBA are honoured to once again host the Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture, helping to raise vital funds for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. This year’s lecture is particularly significant as 2018 marks both the 25th anniversary since his murder and 20 years since the founding of the Trust, which works to inspire and support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed in the career of their choice…This year’s lecture is co-curated by RIBA and The [204] Design Collective, following the success of their ‘Decolonizing Architecture’ talks series as part of the London Festival of Architecture. The panel of speakers will be discussing the impact of the voice of youth in redefining alternative methods of architectural practice, and will be sharing thoughts on identity, diversity, equality of opportunities, and their relationship to architecture and the city.”

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22 September 2018

Rethinking the legacy 1968

RETHINKING THE LEGACY OF 1968: LEFT FIELDS AND THE QUEST FOR COMMON GROUND BY LIVINGMAPS NETWORK

(UNIVERSITY SQUARE STRATFORD CAMPUS, LONDON)

“A day of discussions bringing together different generations of writers, researchers and activists to consider the political and cultural legacies of 1968, and their bearing on the future prospects for a more democratic, equal and participatory society.Our aim is to help rekindle the intellectual excitement that characterised the political counter culture of the Sixties but focused on contemporary issues. Speakers include: Phil Cohen, Ann Phoenix, Angela Mc Robbie, Les Back, Nira Yuval Davis, Avtar Brah, Kenan Malik, Lynne Segal.”

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