Oxford University

Black History Month: A panel discussion

When: Tuesday 22 October 2019, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Where: Haldane Room, Wolfson College, Linton Road, OX2 6UD


The month of October is celebrated as the Black History Month in the UK. The Black History Month is intended to celebrate, publicise, and reflect upon the contributions and achievements of the members of the black community in the UK. As a part of the our efforts to commemorate this important campaign, the Welfare Team at Wolfson College is putting together a panel discussion where we have an excellent line up of three speakers who will offer us their reflections on race and identity in their personal and professional lives. 


Evelyn Ofori-Koree, Solicitor-Advocate & Principal of Descartes Solicitors
Michelle Codrington-Rogers, Teacher & Senior Vice-President NASUWT
Kelly-Ann Fonderson, MPhil Candidate in Development Studies

This event has been organised in association with the Oxford University Africa Society (AfriSoc).

For questions/comments, please contact: welfare@wolfson.ox.ac.uk.

BME Staff Network 2019 Black History Month Lecture: 
Professor Paul Gilroy ‘How should we write the history of antiracism in Britain?’

When: Friday 25 October at 5.30pm
Where: Pichette Auditorium, Pembroke College

Lecture and discussion 5.30 – 7pm, followed by reception

Professor Paul Gilroy

Professor Paul GilroyThe BME Staff Network and Equality and Diversity Unit of the University of Oxford are delighted to host the Black History Month Lecture with this year’s speaker, Professor Paul Gilroy, founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Race and Racism at University College London. Professor Gilroy was recognised this year with the Holberg Prize for “his outstanding contributions to a number of academic fields, including cultural studies, critical race studies, sociology, history, anthropology and African-American studies.”

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/oxford-black-history-month-lecture-2019-tickets-70131538319

Chineke! Championing Change and Celebrating Diversity in Classical Music

When: Wednesday 30 October 2019, 6pm (conversation and Q&A) and 7pm (concert)
Where: New College Antechapel

TORCH is delighted to host the first visit to Oxford by Chineke!

Founded in 2015 by the double bass player, Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, Chineke! provides career opportunities for black and minority ethnic (BME) musicians. Chineke!’s mission is ‘championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’ and it has achieved this through performances by the professional Chineke! Orchestra which comprises a majority of BME musicians, and the Chineke! Junior Orchestra for aspiring young BME players aged 11 to 22.

The musicians in the Chineke! Chamber Ensemble are all principal players of the Chineke! Orchestra and they bring a varied programme to the Oxford which, as in all their concerts, features works by BME composers alongside more familiar repertoire. The concert will be preceded by a talk and Q&A session with Chineke!’s founder and Artistic Director, Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, in conversation with Dr Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey.

Tickets: Entry to both the Q&A and the concert is free, and booking in advance is highly recommended. Please book via Eventbrite or email the TORCH team at torch@humanities.ox.ac.uk.

Further information: https://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/event/chineke-championing-change-and-celebrating-diversity-in-classical-music



Credit: Eric Richmond and Joe Swift

For students:

Celebrating Black History Month

‘Carte blanche à/to Olivette Otele’

Professor Olivette Otele

Professor Olivette OteleCelebrate Black History Month with a great panel of speakers including Professor Olivette Otele (Bath Spa University, and Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society), Dr Diana Berruezo-Sánchez (Balliol College) and French author David Diop (Prix Goncourt des Lycéens 2018).
This event is convened by Professor Catriona Seth (All Souls).

Further informationhttp://www.mfo.cnrs.fr/calendar/celebrating-black-history-month-carte-blanche-a-to-olivette-otele/

Black History Month speaker event

The education and migration activist Dami Makinde of We Belong: (https://www.webelong.org.uk/staff)

Where: Trinity College, Oxford
When: Friday 25 October at 5pm

Further information: https://www.trinity.ox.ac.uk/

Liberation Library @ Wadham College

Where: Wadham College
When: Dates tbc

Students and Library staff at Wadham College have organised the purchase and display of ‘Liberation Books’ for the library. Literature ranging from ‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X’, to more recent work from Akala: Natives: Race and class in the ruins of empire’, will be on display in the college library.

Further informationhttps://www.wadham.ox.ac.uk/

BAME panel discussion

Hosted by Professor Patricia Kingori, Associate Professor in Global Health Ethics at the Nuffield Department of Population Health

Where: Somerville
When: November (exact dates tbc)

Further information will be available from: https://www.some.ox.ac.uk/

Further details of Black History Month SU-led events and content are available here:


Oxford SU Black History Month Blog: https://www.oxfordsu.org/blog/blackhistorymonth/

Useful resources:

Oxford and colonialism then and now


Why teaching migration, belonging and Empire should be supported and fully funded in secondary schools

Co-authored by Jason Todd, PGCE History Tutor in the Department of Education, Oxford, the report calls on the government to support and fully fund the teaching of migration, including Empire, in secondary schools though.

Oxford and colonialism: then and now

Working Group on Oxford University and Colonialism led by Laura Van Broekhoven and Kalypso Nicolaidis.

The Working Group is currently overseeing a project, funded by the University’s Diversity Fund, which aims to bring together – specifically through a website – activities taking place at Oxford with regards to addressing the relationship between our University and colonialism and how this has affected (and continues to affect) the collegiate University’s architecture, admission and recruitment processes and curriculum throughout. In doing so, its ambition is to encourage debates around issues of colonialism in the University, and explore the boundary between past and present-day colonialism and coloniality.

Student-led initiatives:

Common Ground. For event details follow: @CommonGroundOx on twitter

Events have included a week long symposium with a discussion in the Pitt Rivers Museum on “How Oxford Benefitted from Exploitation”.

The Uncomfortable Oxford project

Run by doctoral students offering walking tours in the city. The tours cover topics of imperialism, inequality, slavery, gender history, religious diversity, violence and memorialisation.

Tour details are available here:  https://www.uncomfortableoxford.co.uk


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