Event Date and time: Saturday 19th November 2016 | 9:00 AM – 09:00 PM

Venue details: SOAS Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), University of London| London WC1H OXG


Event website: Cultural Compounds : What is this ‘New’ Black in Black Popular Culture?

Event cost: £16


Stuart Hall, Social Justice (1993)
We take as our starting point, the title of Stuart Hall’s essay, ‘What Is This “Black” in Black Popular Culture?’ and ask our panelists  to consider Black.
Popular Culture in their lifetime, in their work and in other’s work, that they engage with . What we need to consider for the future – working outside the rest of Europe ? Hall’s essay was published 20 years after we’d been in this space, now we need to consider, 23 years after he wrote it, where are we now and where do we go from here.
Establishing the cultural frameworks to enable the discussion and to explore the Black dynamic theory and practice. Conference 1 will aim to lay the theoretical and critical foundations, which will help to frame and form the basis of discussion for the ongoing series.

Who are we when we talk about Black?

In a society made up of people with multiple cultural references and hybrid identities, how do we name ourselves? Who is doing the naming?


Explore how the cultural, political and the personal relate to current representational practices and our knowledge of the past and contribute to our aspirations for the future.

Examining and challenge artistic and curatorial practices as they relate to the cultural politics of skin colour, race and representation with particular reference to people of African decent and the arts.

Discuss what is currently accessible and how do we make it accessible for modern black/African identities to engage on an equal par?

Ben Okri
Keynote speaker | Q&A and book Signing

Panelists during the day include:

Chardine Taylor-Stone – Cultural producer and feminist activist, drummer for punk band Big Joanie.

Inua Ellams –Award-winning poet, playwright and performer;

Kojey Radical – MOBO Nominated Artist, musician, poet, and mixed media visual artist.

Patrick Vernon – Social commentator and broadcaster

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff – Opinions Editor – ‘gal-dem’

Kevin Le Gendre – Music journalist

Ayishat Akanbi – Fashion stylist, writer, cultural commentator

Kehinde Andrews –Director of the Centre for Critical Social Research (Birmingham City University) founder of the Organisation of Black Unity

Kinsi Abdulleh – Publisher of SCARF Magazine

Jacob Whittingham – Author of What Being Black Is And What Being Black Isn’t

Justin Mckenzie – Jazz Refreshed

Lola Okolosie – Journalist

Kinsi Abdulleh – Publisher – Scarf Magazine

Robi Walters – Visual Artist

Louise Clarke – Latimer Group

Caleb Femi – Poet

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