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Black Studies Reading Group

The Black Studies Reading Group offers a critical and creative space to discuss the work and writings of authors/activists of African descent. We are based in the History Department and open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as staff and those outside of the university. Through virtual and (someday) ‘real’ meetings, we aim to build a community of people who want to be committed to critical engagement with Black intellectual production, in all its forms.

We will meet regularly to engage with readings and creative performances that deal with Black history, culture and politics. It is our intention to centre the long history of Black communities in Britain (and wider Atlantic region) as well as its diverse diasporic articulations. We very much welcome your suggestions for readings, talks and events in this collaborative space! We particularly welcome Black students and staff to join our group.

Drop us a line at: from Jay X's 4:44 music video, featuring two dancers

November Session 2021
Black Visual Frequencies: The (In)Comprehensibility of Black Life
Tuesday 30 November, MS Teams, 5.30-7pm

Please sign up here, places limited

Tina M. Campt (2019) 'The Visual Frequency of Black Life: Love, Labor and the Practice of Refusal', Social Text, 37 (3), 25-46. Accessible through Warwick Library web catalogue.

Nicholas Whittaker (2021) 'Making Them Suffer', The Point, 13 August

Jay Z (2017), 4:44, directed by Arthur Jafa

Conveners: Sue Lemos (History); Nathalie Cooper (History)