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Hidden Histories – “Black British Publishing – Past to Present”

Online - Zoom

To celebrate Black History Month, our inaugural session in the series will explore black literature movements and visual representations of black figures. The event will be an online panel discussion with Aurella Yussuf and Hudda Khaireh from Thick/er Black Lines – an interdisciplinary research-led artist collective that applies contemporary art theory, cultural studies and social practices to rewrite histories – and Dr. Marl’ene Edwin, Deputy Director of the Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora

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Hidden Histories – “Partition & Peacebuilding: reclaiming the history of British South Asians”

Online - Zoom

South Asian Heritage Month (SAHM) is about reclaiming the history and identity of British South Asians. People need to be able to tell their own stories, and this is an opportunity to show what it means to be South Asian in the 21st century, as well as look to the past to see how Britain became the diverse country it is today. Join Binita Kane and Jasvir Singh the co founders

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Hidden Histories – “Siyah Zibast, Black is beautiful”

Online - Zoom

With Siyah Zibast, Black is beautiful, the Collective for Black Iranians invites you for a conversation about the importance of language in identity formation and in seeing ourselves. Black is beautiful, Siyah Zibast is the first call in the Iranian community to see and say that Blackness lives in Iranian identity and vice-versa, a call to say that “Black is beautiful”. Co-founders, Priscillia Kounkou-Hoveyda, Alex Eskandarkhah, Norman Soltan Salahshour and resident historian Beeta Baghoolizadeh, as well

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Hidden Histories – “True Heart Theatre 真心劇團 – giving voice to London’s Chinese community”

Online - Zoom

True Heart Theatre 真心劇團 was born in 2006 from a group of Chinese overseas students living in London, who came together to tell stories of their experience of living in the UK; and also stories about missing their home in Asia. Using the method of Playback Theatre, where audience experiences are improvisationally performed by the group as a form of group and individual reflection of lived experience, they serve many

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Hidden Histories – “Somali storytelling: our people, home and landscape”

Online - Zoom

Since 1991 Somalia has suffered a civil war that has played out a brutal history. Words that come to mind are humanitarian crisis, Islamist militants, piracy and terrorism. Removing this perception, we culturally understand Somali people as oral storytellers for centuries with a rich history reflected through a love for poetry and short stories. We dedicate this Hidden Histories to the people of Somalia, to discover more about the cultural landscape

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Hidden Histories – “African and Caribbean People in Britain (book launch)”

Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre (BGLT), Brunei Gallery, SOAS Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London, London

Despite the best efforts of researchers and campaigners, there remains today a steadfast tendency to reduce the history of African and Caribbean people in Britain to a simple story: it is one that begins in 1948 with the arrival of a single ship, the Empire Windrush, and continues mostly apart from a distinct British history, overlapping only on occasion amid grotesque injustice or pioneering protest. Yet, as acclaimed historian Hakim

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