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New Perspectives on Black British History Conference

History Matters and The University of Chichester in association with Every Voice invite paper proposals for the New Perspectives on Black British History conference which will take place on 21 - 22 October 2017 (venue tbc). Proposals for papers are due on Friday 28 April 2017.

What are the latest research findings in Black British History? 

How are young and emerging scholars of Black British History, particularly those of African and Caribbean heritage, pushing the boundaries of knowledge and redrawing the field? 

How can such historical research inform the teaching of history in schools, encourage an understanding of a more inclusive British history and the engagement of more young people of African and Caribbean heritage?

What new and innovative teaching methods are being employed in schools?

Through a series of presentations, discussions, and short films, this two-day conference seeks to address those questions

The second History Matters conference seeks to bridge the apparent boundary between research on Black British History conducted within universities and the history that is currently taught in schools.

The conference will again be open to the public and will focus on highlighting research produced by young and emerging scholars, particularly those of African and Caribbean heritage, who are at present so poorly represented within academia.

It also wishes to encourage presentations by those teaching Black British History from new perspectives in schools.

The conference organisers particularly welcome research papers focusing on historical periods before 1500; on women and gender history; on the history of continental African communities and organisations in Britain; and the historical relationships established by those of African and Caribbean heritage in Britain with the African continent and the wider African diaspora.

However, proposals covering all fields of Black British History are welcome.

It is hoped that selected papers will be published in a volume to be edited by Prof. Hakim Adi, Department of History and Politics, University of Chichester.


Proposals should be submitted via email to Kesewa John at on or before Friday 28 April 2017.

Accepted proposals will confirmed by 1 July 2017.

Individual proposals should include an abstract of up to 350 words and a one-page CV.

They must include the author’s full name, email address and institutional affiliation (if applicable).

Please also include the title of the presentation, proposed format and any equipment needs.

All participants must be registered for the conference by 30 September 2017. Registration begins on 16 September 2017 and is £20.

Early bird registration is available from 1 August - 15 September 2017 and is £10.

For all further inquiries, please contact Kesewa at