On Whose Terms? Critical Negotiations in Black Literature and the Arts

This conference focuses upon local, international and transnational engagements with Black British literature and the arts — in relation to its production, reception and cultural position. Through the multiple disciplines of the arts, it creates a meeting point for prominent and emerging scholars, writers and practitioners in order to explore the impact of this field, both at home and abroad. The context is one of critical investigation and celebration; a journey along diasporic and aesthetic routes.

Goldsmiths College, University of London, U.K.

March 13, 2008 — March 14, 2008.


  • Andrea Levy interviewed by Blake Morrison.
  • Kwame Kwei-Armah in conversation with Britain’s key Black directors.
  • Malorie Blackman leading a forum on young people’s writing and writing for young people with Deptford Secondary School pupils.
  • Malika Booker performing her acclaimed one-woman show Unplanned.


  • A History of Black Theatre in Britain (Victoria and Albert Museum).
  • Black British Lesbians (photographs by Ajamu Fotographie).

Keynote Addresses and Invited Special Panelists

  • Hilary Carty,
  • Joan Anim-Addo,
  • R.Victoria Arana,
  • Neil Astley,
  • Simon Gikandi,
  • Gabriele Griffin,
  • Les Back,
  • Margaret Busby,
  • Bénédicte Ledent,
  • Valerie Mason-John,
  • Susheila Nasta,
  • Nii Parkes,
  • Lyn Innes,
  • Kadija Sesay,
  • SuAndi,
  • Mark McWatt,
  • Sukhdev Sandhu.


Deirdre Osborne (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Mark Stein (University of Muenster, Germany)
Godfrey Brandt (Birkbeck, University of London)

E: OnWhoseTerms@gold.ac.uk.

Source of message: EMIT Writers News (August).

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