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SOAS marks Black History Month with diverse programme of film and literature

5 October 2017

SOAS University of London is celebrating Black History Month with a special series of film screenings, talks and conferences this month.

The Centre of African Studies at SOAS will be hosting the ‘SOAS African Literatures Conference – 55 years after the first Makerere African Writers Conference’ on 28 October. The event will bring together SOAS academics specialising in literary criticism, translation and African literatures and speakers include Wole Soyinka and J.P. Clarke.

As part of the series History on Film: Slavery and the African Diaspora from a Global Perspective SOAS will host the screening of the film ‘Body Games. Capoeira and Ancestry’ on 9 October followed by a Q&A with Matthias Röhrig Assunção (University of Essex). The film tells a story driven by Mestre Cobra Mansa’s need to understand the ancestry of his art form, Capoeira, as part of a wider concern with his Afro-Brazilian heritage.

Black History Month painting image

Igbo and the art of Uli painting, a Black History Month event held last year by Widening Participation at SOAS

The Centre for African Studies at SOAS will also be hosting Baraza, the third annual Swahili Studies conference on 14 October, which will address aspects of the language, linguistics, culture and diaspora of the Swahili speaking peoples.

The SOAS Students Union will also be hosting a wide range of events including and evening in Conversation with MP and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott on 11 October and on 12 October singer Kelela will be in conversation with SOAS Research Associate and author Emma Dabiri.

The exhibition “Les Sapeuses”: The Lady Dandies of the DRC" will also be running at the Brunei Gallery from 13 October.

Black History Month is held every October in Britain. The aims are to promote knowledge of black history and experience, circulate information on positive Black contributions to British Society, and heighten the confidence and awareness of black people in their cultural heritage.

To find out more, visit SOAS’s Black History Month pages.