History, Journals, Modern Languages

Black History Month 2019

To mark Black History Month this year, we’ve put together a list of recent and forthcoming books and journal articles providing new insights into the area. Find out more about these books and articles below!

9781789621600Britain’s Black Past
dited by Gretchen H. Gerzina

In recent years researchers, both affiliated and independent, have done exciting new research on black people in Britain in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and even earlier. This book gathers this new work on people and events into a single, exciting new volume. This book will be publishing in February 2020.



FRANC 8.1Sylvie Kandé’s poetic remapping of the Atlantic
Alexandra Perisic

In this article published in Francosphères 8.1, Alexandra Perisic addresses alternative Atlantic connections contained within Sylvie Kandé’s La Quête infinie de l’autre rive: épopée en trois chants (2011): between Africa and the Americas on the one hand, and fourteenth-century travellers and contemporary immigrants on the other.

This article is Open Access.



Inside the Invisible: Memorialising Slavery and Freedom in the Life and Works of Lubaina Himid
Celeste-Marie Bernier, Alan Rice, Lubaina Himid and Hannah Durkin

Inside the Invisible investigates the life and works of Turner Prize-winning Black British artist and curator Lubaina Himid (CBE) to provide the first study of her lifelong determination to do justice to the hidden histories and untold stories of Black women, children, and men bought and sold into transatlantic slavery.


JLCDS 13.1

Why Sheldon Cooper Can’t Be Black: The Visual Rhetoric of Autism and Ethnicity
Malcolm Matthews

While many people in the autism community, from bloggers to clinicians, have commented on his autistic traits, there has been little scholarship concerning portrayals of autistic figures as uniformly white and male. This article published in the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies (13.1) engages in a critical examination of a largely unexplored intersection of autism and race and argues that autistic characters tend to be white for a reason.


Public Secrets: Race and Colour in Colonial and Independent Jamaica
Henrice Altink

Through case studies on, amongst others, the labour market, education, the family and legal system, this book examines the salience and silence of race and colour in Jamaica in the decades preceding and following independence and its impact on individuals and society.

Read more from the author in this recent blog post.


BJ_FrontCover_45_1_Rev2Black Byronism
Matt Sandler

This essay in The Byron Journal (45.1) makes a case for Byron’s transformative influence on the emergence of African American literature. Throughout, Matt Sandler argues that nineteenth-century African American writers drew on Byron to mount critiques of slavery as a kinship regime, to displace the moral coordinates of conventional representations of Blackness, and to mark their poetic deviance from within the tradition of revolutionary liberalism.


Envoys of Abolition: British Naval Officers and the Campaign Against the Slave Trade in West Africa
Mary Wills

Drawing on substantial collections of previously unpublished papers, this book examines personal experiences of British naval officers employed in suppressing the transatlantic slave trade from West Africa in the nineteenth century. It illuminates cultural encounters, the complexities of British abolitionism, and extraordinary military service at sea and in African territories.

MB 60.1Thinking Practice: Method, Pedagogy, Power and the Question of a Black Queer Theology
Amaryah Shaye Armstrong

This article considers what kinds of questions are at the heart of a black queer theology, and acts as an introduction to this special issue of Modern Believing (60.1). Taking up blackness and queerness as procedures of questioning the uninterrogated assumptions of Christian theology, it considers how we might retool theology for black queer practices of thought.


9781786940339Deferred Dreams, Defiant Struggles: Critical Perspectives on Blackness, Belonging and Civil Rights
Edited by Violet Showers Johnson, Gundolf Graml, and Patricia Williams Lessane

This volume sheds light on how to construe the contemporary political vicissitudes of the Black experience and the ongoing struggle for agency, belonging, and civil rights. It offers a fresh look at familiar concepts such as activism and belonging and models innovative approaches for studying the African diasporic experience in the 21st century. This book is in our FORECAAST (Forum for European Contributions to African American Studies) series.

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