Series of Events: African Connections, Being Human – Festival of the Humanities, 19/21/22 November 2015, Bristol

African Connections 

Panel Debate / Film Screening / Poetry Workshop


The 2015 Being Human – Festival of the Humanities has events happening all over the UK from 12 – 22 November and includes three events on “African Connections”.

On Thursday, 19 November 2015Moving People – Perspectives on Bristol, Slavery and Migration” is taking place at 6:30pm in the Malcolm X Centre at the University of Bristol:

aquotesTo many, the history of Bristol is a history of slavery. For others, the debate turns on misrepresentations of a complex past. Positions are entrenched, rehearsed and re-examined, divided by race, by class and by generation. This panel debate and public discussion will highlight what these debates about slavery might mean for migrant communities in Bristol today, and how the interwoven legacies of slavery, colonialism and migration might lend context to current issues affecting Bristol. How does this history mould contemporary connections with Africa? What might the afterlives of imperialism tell us about engagement and activism with Bristol’s BME communities today? How do the overlapping waves of migration into the city shape its current landscape? Free admission, booking required.”

On Saturday, 21 November 2015Fanon in Bristol film screening and discussion” is scheduled from 3.00 – 7.00 pm in the Watershed Cinema in Bristol.

aquotesFanon, a forefather of contemporary black liberation movements, wrote extensively on the psychological, political and ethical urgencies of black identity in a white world. This event will screen two films which cover the eminent thinker’s career, Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask and Concerning Violence. Following the screenings, we will have a panel discussion and Q&A on the way in which Fanon has informed and continues to shape black activism in Bristol today, featuring local community leaders including Edson Burton and Marie-Annick Gournet. In partnership with Come The Revolution and the Watershed. Free admission, booking required.”

Sunday, 22 November 2015 offers a poetry workshop in the Greenbank Pub in Bristol, 12:00am:

aquotesThis poetry workshop will focus on Bristol’s BME (black and minority ethnic) communities with acclaimed local poets Edson Burton and Miles Chambers leading participants through their own poetic works and voice. The workshop will feature a series of writing exercises and meditations to enable participants to use poetry to speak their own, unique Bristol stories. All ages and abilities welcome. Free admission, booking required.”

Full program and more information can be found here.

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