Memory and Contestation: Histories and Representations of African Enslavement and the Holocaust in Britain Today

Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London and the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project, University College London.

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6th June, 2014
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Birkbeck, University of London, Bloomsbury, WC1E 7HX. Council Room, Torrington Square main entrance
Caroline Bressey, University College London; David Cesarani, Royal Holloway, University of London; Linda Grant, Writer; Tony Kushner, University of Southampton; Paul Salmons, Institute of Education, University of London; Andrea Stuart, Writer; Arthur Torrington, Windrush Foundation; Tony Warner, Black History Walks

The aim of the workshop is to set in comparative context the divergent experiences of African-Caribbean and Jewish populations in Britain in addressing the respective histories of enslavement and genocide. It will bring together speakers and invited participants from both groups, and is intended to establish a dialogue on common problems and differences in the treatment of African enslavement and the Holocaust in contemporary culture, memorialisation and education.

The event will be divided into a series of four panels: Historiography, Fiction, Memorialisation and Education.  Each panel will comprise two ‘paired’ contributions, one dealing with the legacies of the Holocaust and one with the legacies of African enslavement.


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