On Whose Terms? Ten Years On…

In this section


On Whose Terms? Ten Years On… (in Critical Negotiations in Black British Literature and the Arts) Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. March 22nd-23rd 2018

Deadline for final call for papers has now been extended to 10 January 2018.

On Whose Terms? Ten Years On

The cultural power of Black British* literature and the Arts resides as much in the exploration of pressing cultural concerns, as in its innovative material aesthetics and textual practices. The 2008 landmark conference ‘On Whose Terms?: Critical Negotiations in Black British Literature and the Arts focused upon local, international and transnational engagements with Black British literature and the Arts, to trace the multiple – real and imaginary – routes through its production, reception and cultural politics.

*Black British indicates a scope, for ease of reference, to a body of work by writers of African descent in a context of literary history, rather than as imposing racial restrictions upon complex possible identities and self-terming.

On Whose Terms? Ten Years On

This 2018 return conference, ‘On Whose Terms?: Ten Years On… aims to chart what has happened throughout the past the decade, and once again to provide a vibrant meeting opportunity for prominent and emerging scholars, writers and practitioners, young people and the general public to explore and celebrate the continued impact of this field, both at home and abroad. 

We invite proposals across a broad spectrum of areas: drama, poetry, prose, performance, film, visual arts, music, curating, publishing, arts management and history. Areas of discussion might connect with the following ideas.

Image Caption: Black-figure on illuminated initial from Abbreviation of the Domesday Book, temp Hen iii.  National Archives of Great Britain 


Convenors: Deirdre Osborne, (Goldsmiths University of London) Birgit Neumann, (University of Dusseldorf, Germany)

In partnership with Kei Miller, (University of Exeter) Catherine Robson, (New York University, London)