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History Matters

The History Matters group

Representatives from History Matters, a group of concerned black historians and teachers led by Professor Hakim Adi, have joined with others from cultural institutions, charities, governing bodies, and societies to discuss concerns about the under-representation of students and teachers of African and Caribbean heritage within the History discipline.

The key concerns raised by the group were identified in a letter published in the Times Higher Education magazine which is available to view on the Times Higher Education Website.

The latest updates to the History Matters project can be found by visting

The Conference

History Matters and The University of Chichester, in association with Every Voice for the New Perspectives on Black British History conference will take place on 21 October 2017 at Goldsmith's College, London. Find out more about the conference.

The key facts

The facts arising from the conference concluded:

  • Only three Black students were admitted to train as History teachers last year
  • History is the third most unpopular subject among Black undergraduates.
  • There were 1,340 Black undergraduates studying History - less than two per cent of the total - in 2013.

Research from the Times Higher Education has also claimed that BME staff are often overlooked for senior positions at UK universities.

The album highlighting the range of photos from the conference is available to view here.

Professor Hakim Adi

Hakim Adi is our Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora. He joined the University in 2012 and became a Reader later that year. Since then he has published the major book: Pan Africanism and Communism: The Communist International, Africa and the Diaspora 1919-1939.

The monograph has confirmed his worldwide status as a leading specialist of the history of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Find out about Professor Adi's research.

University of Chichester postgraduate students researching the history of the African diaspora

Claudius (Adisa) Steven

Claudius’ research explores how major African organisations working within the UK have changed their ideas and practices from 1975 to 2015. As part of his investigation, he also focuses on the historical development of the organisations, and why each places pre-colonial African values at the heart of their culture.

Esther Stanford-Xosei

Esther’s research is concerned with how activists - situated in London from 1990 to 2015 – have changed the history of reparations social movement-building throughout the UK. Her PhD also highlights the significance of London in forming a global base for reparations. Find out more about Esther and her research.

Kesewa John

Kesewa is interested in the interplay between ideas, actions, and personal networks. Her PhD focuses on black agency: how a group of black activists in the 1930s worked together, across language and geographical barriers, to resist dominant narratives of black inferiority and irrevocably alter the global political landscape.

Claudia Tomlinson

Claudia’s PhD research is a political biography of Jessica Huntley (1927-2013). It explores themes of the post-emancipation African experience in British Guiana, and anti-colonial activism in the pre-independence era. It also investigates migration, transnational black activism, radical black publishing, and resistance activities in Britain.

Aziz Abdulhay

Aziz is interested in the history and politics of the Horn of Africa. His research focuses on religious inequality in Ethiopia.