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‘When the four corners of this cocoon collide’: A Brief Global Overview of Pan-Africanism, 1788-Present

When rapper Kendrick Lamar released his now critically acclaimed album To Pimp a Butterfly in 2015, he shocked audiences with a fusion of genres, influences, and stories not seen before. In the years since we have come to appreciate this album as a Pan-African work of art. But what does this actually mean? Is Pan-Africanism a political project, an ideological framework, a specific movement, all of these combined, or something else entirely? How do we write a history of such a movement whilst grappling with its very nature? Most importantly, why does this matter today? Jack Bowman gives an overview of the movement from its origins to the modern-day, arguing that it is an ever-changing global project, and needs to be assessed by historians as such.

Forgotten Children: Black Lives and the Eighteenth-Century Foundling Hospital

The records of the eighteenth-century Foundling Hospital in London reveal an untold part of its history – that of the presence and experiences of Black, brown and mixed-race infants cared for by the charity. In this blog post, Hannah Dennett shares the first findings of her collaborative PhD project based at Warwick and the Foundling Museum. Her research to date has already revealed more incidences of children of colour being admitted into the Foundling Hospital in the eighteenth century than anticipated it would be possible to discover. As she demonstrates through the case of Mary Carne and her infant son born in 1798, the lives of these foundlings, no longer forgotten, are important for shaping a more complete history of the Foundling Hospital.

Mon 28 Sep 2020, 20:18 | Tags: Social History, Foundling Hospital, Hannah Dennett, Black Lives