Black History Month celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of Black people throughout history. Here’s some of the events, research and voices from around Goldsmiths for Black History Month, and beyond.
From 19-20 October, Goldsmiths’ Café Thirty-Five will host The Conversation Booth, a pop-up recording studio and sound installation encouraging conversation, listening and sharing.
Designed by Goldsmiths MA student, Nicole Robson, The Conversation Booth is part of the Mayor of London’s ‘Arrival’ work, ‘Celebrating Windrush and the Communities who followed’.
Step inside either alone or with someone else and discuss your memories of arriving in London. The recordings will then become part of a living sound collage of voices heard through wireless headphones.
Alongside The Conversation Booth we have programmed a range of events responding to the theme of ‘Arrival’.
19 October 2018:
Goldsmiths students and staff are invited to record their stories of arrival in London with the Conversation Booth, part of the Mayor of London’s ‘Arrival’ project.
20 October 2018:
Join Goldsmiths designer and lecturer, Rose Sinclair, for an afternoon of talk and textiles exploring the legacy of Dorcas Societies.
Goldsmiths Anthropologist, Audrey Allwood, invites people of all backgrounds to tell their stories of arrival in London through objects or images.
Join Goldsmiths researchers and community groups for a bake sale with a difference. Taste bakes from Lewisham’s diverse communities, explore the hidden histories behind iconic recipes and share the memories they evoke.
As part of the 40th anniversary events in 2017, the university organised two artist-led community mural workshops to help develop a permanent public artwork to commemorate the events of 13 August 1977. The public is invited to share their thoughts and ideas on the mural during the Arrival project taking place between 19 and 20 October 2018.
"To come to university and not have your experience recognised or valued can have a really profound effect on your educational experience"
Liberating Our Learning
Goldsmiths last year introduced the Learning, Teaching, Assessment Strategy, which includes the aim to ‘liberate our degrees’ to proactively challenge the white, middleclass, ableist, male-dominated curricula that are prevalent across the Higher Education sector, and to centre the work of marginalised scholars on race, sexuality, gender and disability within academia.
Curzon Goldsmiths will be screening four films as part of their Sunday Cinema Club to commemorate and celebrate iconic Black figures including Jean-Michel Basquiat and Betty Davis
Goldsmiths Students' Union
To mark Black History Month, Goldsmiths Students’ Union is hosting a variety of different events, including discussions, screenings and talks. Find out more about the events here.
MA Black British Writing
Goldsmiths offers the world’s first MA in Black British Writing. This ground-breaking course is timely and necessary, taking Black British writing seriously as a discipline.
Kathryn Sophie Belle contrasts the philosophical approaches to (gender and racial) oppression in the writings of Claudia Jones and Simone de Beauvoir. 4 October 2018, 17:00 - 19:00.