EDITORIAL

Dear Readers,

Welcome back to the Black & Asian Heritage Mix’ Newsletter. It’s official, it’s Black History Month! In case you don’t have much time to go to events, you don’t need to worry. This October issue is, as usual, packed with resources you can explore from home, and includes events that last longer than a month.

You’ll also find several resources on the East India trading Company. The open access book “The East India Company at Home 1757-1857” edited by Margot Finn (President of the Royal Historical Society) and Kate Smith and its related website focus on “the material traces of African conquest, Caribbean slavery and the Indian Raj”. These resources problematise, among other things, the image of the country house and its interiors as quintessentially “English”. By tracing the translation of plantation wealth into Britain’s country houses, global imperial networks of influences – including European ones – are highlighted. These resources disrupt the usual nationalist frames of analysis associated with British country houses.

I personally would have preferred to know a bit more about the owners of these objects and places, especially about the families who have mixed English and Black or Asian ancestry or their Black or Asian servants. For instance, who is the elegant Indian-looking lady featured in the “Unknown Object Series” here? More research is obviously necessary. I also found the finding aid by Chris Jeppesen called “Atlantic and Indian Ocean Worlds: Uncovering connections between the East India Company and the British Caribbean colonies through the British Library’s Collections on the “East India Company at Home 1757-1857” website very interesting and useful.

Happy Reading!

Thushari

Thushari Perera

BLACK EUROPE RESOURCES

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ARCHIVES

 

“Search for those involved in 1978 ‘Battle of Brick Lane’ for heritage project about Altab Ali’s murder”

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Image Credit: Brick Lane, London via Wikipedia

By Mike Brooke

(The Docklands & East London Advertiser, 30 September 2019)

Read the article here

 

“Race Black Archives In The UK Report 2019”

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Image Credit: Archive via Pixabay

(By Natalie Hyacinth, Race, Culture And Equality Working Group, 1st August 2019)

Read the Report here

 

 

MUSEUMS/MEMORY SITES

 

“Are natural history museums inherently racist?”

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Image Credit: Natural History Museum via Pixabay

By Josh Davis

(Natural History Museum, 16 July 2019)

Read the article here

 

“Meet the GlaswegAsians: Glasgow’s “South Asian heritage”

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Image Credit: Glasgow, George Square via Pixabay

(Heritage Environment Scotland, 21 June 2019)

Read the article here

 

“Black History Month: Bob Marley house honoured with blue plaque”

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Image Credit: Bob Marley via Pixabay

(BBC News, 1st October 2019)

Read the article here

 

 

BLACK & ASIAN EUROPEANS

 

“The Sweet-And-Sour Life of Chinese Residents in Italy’s Fashion Capital”

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Image Credit: Fashion via Pixabay

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BOOKS

 

COUNTERING ISLAMOPHOBIA IN EUROPE

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Image Credit: Countering Islamophobia in Europe Book Cover via Palgrave

Editors: Law, I., Easat-Daas, A., Merali, A., Sayyid, S. (Eds.)

Published by Palgrave, 2019

“The treatment of Muslims is the touchstone of contemporary European racism across its many nations and localities. We make a definitive case for two arguments in this book: firstly, the recognition of the accelerating and pervasive nature of Islamophobia in this region; and secondly, recognition that this process is being, can be, and will be challenged by counter-narratives that make the claim for Muslim humanity, plurality, space and justice. This book draws on new evidence from eight national contexts to provide an innovative kit of counter-narratives, which were presented and well received at the European Parliament in September 2018, and subsequently launched across Europe in national workshops in selected states. A synergy between leading academic researchers and the Islamic Human Rights Commission, Countering Islamophobia in Europe will be of value to EU institutions, governments and policy-makers, NGOs and media organisations, as well as researchers of multiculturalism, Islam, Muslims and immigration.

Find out more here

 

THE ANARCHY: THE RELENTLESS RISE OF THE EAST INDIA COMPANY

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Image Credit: The Anarchy Book Cover via Bloomsbury

By William Dalrymple

Published by Bloomsbury, 10 September 2019

 

REVIEW

By John Mcaleer

(The Evening Standard, 5 September 2019)

Read the article here

 

THE CURIOSITY CORPORATION THAT DEFINED COLONIALISM

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Image Credit: Company Curiosities Book Cover via Reaktion

By Arthur Macgregor

Published by Reaktion, 2018

 

REVIEW

By Elaine Ayers

(Hyperallergic, 15 July 2019)

Read the article here

“Rich with meticulous archival detail and more than 200 years of the East India Company’s history, Company Curiosities provides little in the way of argument or critical intervention, leaving the reader to interpret its vast expanse of material.”

 

FREE BOOK

THE EAST INDIA COMPANY AT HOME, 1757-1857

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Image Credit: East India Company at Home 1757-1857 Book Cover via UCL Press

Edited by Margot Finn and Kate Smith

Published by UCL Press, February 15, 2018

“The East India Company at Home, 17571857 explores how empire in Asia shaped British country houses, their interiors and the lives of their residents. It includes chapters from researchers based in a wide range of settings such as archives and libraries, museums, heritage organisations, the community of family historians and universities. It moves beyond conventional academic narratives and makes an important contribution to ongoing debates around how empire impacted Britain.”

Download the book here

 

 

WEBSITES

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Image Credit: Saltram House via Pixabay

EAST INDIA COMPANY AT HOME, 1757-1857

“The British country house in an imperial and global context”

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CALL FOR PAPERS

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CFP: BOOK SERIES WITH PETER LANG: IMAGINING BLACK EUROPE

“This series seeks to publish critical and nuanced scholarship in the field of Black European Studies. Moving beyond and building on the Black Atlantic approach, books in this series will underscore the existence, diversity and evolution of Black Europe. They will provide historical, intersectional and interdisciplinary perspectives on how Black diasporic peoples have reconfigured the boundaries of Black identity making, claim making and politics; created counterdiscourses and counterpublics on race, colonialism, postcolonialism and racism; and forged transnational connections and solidarities across Europe and the globe. The series will also illustrate the ways that Black European diasporic peoples have employed intellectual, socio-political, artistic/cultural, affective, digital and pedagogical work to aid their communities and causes, challenge their exclusion and cultivate ties with their allies, thus gaining recognition in their societies and beyond. Representing the field’s dynamic growth methodologically, geographically and culturally, the series will also collectively interrogate notions of Blackness, Black diasporic culture and Europeanness while also challenging the boundaries of Europe. Books in the series will critically examine how race and ethnicity intersect with the themes of gender, nationality, class, religion, politics, kinship, sexuality, affect and the transnational, offering comparative and international perspectives. One of the main goals of the series is to introduce and produce rigorous academic research that connects not only with individuals in academia but also with a broader public.”

Series Editors: Professor Tiffany N. Florvil (University of New Mexico) and Professor Vanessa D. Plumly (Lawrence University)

Find out more here

 

 

EVENTS

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28 September 2019 – 31 December 2019

AFTER THE SNOW MELTS, NEW ART EXCHANGE, NOTTINGHAM

“Nearly four million Indians were volunteers in the British Army during the two World Wars. The Greats Wars were truly global events, yet the process of public remembrance is often performed through the prism of national identity. This thought-provoking show draws from the personal histories of local Muslim families, and archival material to pose questions about the process of war memorialisation, empire and its interconnections. This exhibition is part of the Muslim Memory Project charting the stories of Nottingham’s Muslim communities involved in World War II…”

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28 September 2019 – 31 December 2019

MIMESIS: AFRICAN SOLDIER NEW ART EXCHANGE, NOTTINGHAM

“This new multi-screen installation by artist John Akomfrah remembers the millions of African and colonial soldiers, labourers and carriers who served in the First World War. Projected onto three screens, the artwork combines newly created film, shot by Akomfrah in locations around the world, a powerful sound score and historic footage that speak to the African experience of the First World War. The First World War was waged between empires that were global in their ambitions and reach. Between 1914 and 1918, millions of African and colonial soldiers served in long campaigns that spanned the whole of the African and European continents, contributing to victories throughout the First World War. These soldiers from British and French African territories were brought to Europe’s western front, where hundreds and thousands lost their lives alongside unknown, unheralded and undocumented African labourers and carriers. Mimesis: African Soldier seeks to commemorate these Africans and colonial soldiers who fought, served and died during the First World War.”

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6 October 2019

THE ANARCHY: THE EAST INDIA COMPANY – WITH WILLIAM DALRYMPLE, WIMBLEDON BOOKFEST, LONDON

William Dalrymple

Image Credit: William Dalrymple via Twitter @DalrympleWill

“Bestselling historian reinvigorates the tale of the relentless rise of the East India Company; the first global corporation. The Anarchy tells the remarkable story of how Mughal rule, one of the world’s most magnificent empires, disintegrated and came to be replaced by a dangerously unregulated private company, based thousands of miles overseas and answerable only to its shareholders. In his most ambitious and riveting book to date, William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power. 315 years after its founding, with a corporate Mogul now sitting in the White House, the story of the East India Company has never been more illuminating.”

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6-26 October 2019

FILMS: EUZHAN PALCY, BARBICAN CINEMA, LONDON

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Image Credit: Euzhan Palcy via Twitter @EuzhanPalcy

“A rare chance to see the remarkable films of Martinique director Euzhan Palcy, exploring race and liberation across the world. Screenings include the new restoration of her masterpiece Sugar Cane Alley, the Oscar-nominated A Dry White Season and her definitive documentary on author and civil rights activist Aimé Césaire.” (Film London)

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10 October 2019 – 26 January 2020

INSPIRED BY THE EAST: HOW THE ISLAMIC WORLD INFLUENCED WESTERN ART, BRITISH MUSEUM, LONDON

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Image Credit: Taj Fort via Pixabay

“Charting the fascinating history of cultural and artistic interactions between East and West, this exhibition explores the impact the Islamic world has had on Western art for centuries. Artistic exchange between East and West has a long and intertwined history, and the exhibition picks these stories up from the 15th century, following cultural interactions that can still be felt today. Objects from Europe, North America, the Middle East and North Africa highlight a centuries-old tradition of influence and exchange from East to West. The diverse selection of objects includes ceramics, photography, glass, jewellery and clothing, as well as contemporary art, showcasing how artistic exchange influenced a variety of visual and decorative arts. The exhibition concludes with a 21st-century perspective, through the eyes of four female artists from the Middle East and North Africa who continue to question and subvert the idea of Orientalism in their work and explore the subject of Muslim female identity…”

Find out more here

Related blog here

 

3, 4 & 17 October; 8 & 25 October

BLACK VOICES OF 18TH CENTURY LONDON, MUSEUM OF LONDON

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Image Credit: Sarah Forbes Bonetta via Wikipedia

“Come and discover the lives of Black Londoners, from princesses to paupers, in Georgian and Victorian times.”

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21 September 2019 – 5 January 2020

DIGGING DEEP: MINERS OF AFRICAN CARIBBEAN HERITAGE, NATIONAL COAL MINING MUSEUM, WAKEFIELD

Digging Deep African Caribbean Miners

Image Credit: Digging Deep Coal Miners of African Caribbean Heritage via National Coal Mining Museum

“Over decades, African Caribbean coal miners stood shoulder to shoulder with white British, European and Asian miners, toiling underground to help fuel the UK economy. Some even died in the process. Yet they are the forgotten ones. Their part in Britain’s industrial past has never been told…until now. In the first ever exhibition looking at the role of immigrants in the coal industry, Digging Deep: Miners of African Caribbean Heritage explores black miners’ migration memories adjusting to life in the UK; finding work in the collieries; teamwork, camaraderie and discrimination; memories of accident, injuries and death at the colliery; the struggle for industrial and personal survival; legacy and life after mining. This exhibition curated by historian, Norma Gregory with the valuable support and input from many former miners and their families, Nottingham News Centre volunteers, project partners and supporting organisations marks a fresh contribution to understanding and hearing unheard, diverse voices from UK coalfields.”

Find out more here

Related Voice Newspaper article here

 

24 October 2019

DECOLONISING THE CURRICULUM: PANEL DISCUSSION, LONDON

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Image Credit: Graduation via Pixabay

By the Race Class and Ethnicity (RaCE) interdisciplinary research network

“The issue of the decolonisation of the curriculum has stimulated a great deal of critical debate over the past few years. However, many of these discussions are, arguably, theoretical and it is still unclear how this decolonisation might practically be achieved. What does decolonisation mean from different perspectives and subjectivities? What are universities actually doing to decolonise the curriculum and are there still dissenting voices? What are the implications of a lack of action? Join the RaCE network for a roundtable discussion with an esteemed panel who each have different perspectives on this issue.”

Panellists are:

* Dr Wanda Wyporska – Executive Director of The Equality Trust which is the national charity that campaigns to reduce social and economic inequality.

* Dr Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman

* Dr Meera Sabaratnam – Senior Lecturer in International Relations, SOAS.

* Dr Veena Meetoo – Researcher, UCL Institute of Education.

* Miss Fope Olaleye – NUS Black Students Officer and anti-oppression workshop facilitator

Find out more here

 

24-25 October 2019

PHOTO ARCHIVES VII: THE MAJORITY WORLD CONFERENCE, FLORENCE, ITALY

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Image Credit: Camera Nostalgia via Pixabay

“The archive has become an object of sustained historical and theoretical investigation in recent years. The anthropological turn in photographic criticism has opened up new directions for the analysis and understanding of photo archives that complement and dialogue with more traditional Art Historical approaches focused on photographs as images; it has helped direct this growing interest towards the materiality of the photograph as object, and its social and institutional lives that unfold very often within the archival ecosystem. At the same time, an ever-increasing number of scholars, artists and curators are addressing the neglected histories and practices of photography beyond the borders of Europe and North America. This conference aims to build upon these developments and reorientations, and to attend to issues of critical importance for photo archives from the part of the world that Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam has so aptly referred to as the “majority world.” The conference will be the seventh in the series “Photo Archives,” a series that helped over a number of years to establish an international network of photo archive scholars and archive professionals, and to stimulate a dialogue between academics and archivists.

Papers will engage with the historical, social, institutional and theoretical aspects of photo archives in conceptually and critically innovative ways, moving beyond primarily descriptive accounts of the evolution or contents of particular archives, or a restricted preoccupation with archiving technologies and procedures. Contributions will combine a focus on case studies with a broader theoretical and cultural scope, a diversity of critical approaches and disciplinary range. We hope the conference will provide a meeting place for a truly international community for individuals and institutions committed not only to a better understanding of photo archives, but to exploring their epistemological potentials and to developing international dialogues and strategies that can ensure sustainable and creative futures for these archives.”

Keynote

Shahidul Alam, Pathshala South Asian Media Institute and Drik Picture Library, Bangladesh

Find out more here

 

25 October 2019 –23 February 2020

BUDDHISM EXHIBITION, BRITISH LIBRARY, LONDON

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Image Credit: Buddhist Art via British Library

Discover the art, origins and its relevance today

“How did Buddhism grow from its beginnings in 6th-century BCE India to having over 500 million international followers today? How did the life of the Buddha unfold? What inspires Buddhist practice? Encounter the outstanding beauty of Buddhist manuscripts and artworks in the largest exhibition of its kind ever held at the British Library. Explore rare treasures from the Library’s collection including colourful scrolls, artefacts decorated with great detail and lavishly illuminated books spanning 2,000 years and 20 countries.”

Find out more here

 

1 November 2019 – 9 February 2020

SACRED LAOS IN PHOTOGRAPHS: THE MONKS’ GAZE, BRITISH LIBRARY, LONDON

Sacred Laos in photographs

Image Credit: Buddhist Archive of Photography, Luang Prabang

“Discover the daily rites and rituals at the World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang situated along the Mekong River. These photographs, often taken by monks and housed within monasteries, depict day-to-day life for both the monastic and lay communities.”

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24-25 January 2020

INWARD OUTWARD SYMPOSIUM – THE ROYAL NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN AND CARIBBEAN STUDIES & THE NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE FOR SOUND AND VISION

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Image Credit: Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies

“Archives, assumed to be containers of memory, are vested with a particular power to constitute and define who is and who is not included in (his)stories. We explore what “decolonizing” the archive – within and beyond the walls of established institutions – could offer for the production of new bodies of knowledge. The symposium offers dedicated sessions focused on investigating coloniality, identity, memory and race. While these themes are broadly explored in the context of sound and moving image collections across geographies, the symposium also emphasises the position of Dutch identity in its various manifestations.”

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