This cluster seeks to foster the broad range of research currently being done in the Faculty of Arts around the artistic and intellectual work of people of African descent.

Bringing together perspectives from English, History, Music, Philosophy, Modern Languages, and History of Art, our goal is to create an interdisciplinary space for the discussion of black thought and the critical study of race, migration, diaspora, transnationalism and globalisation.

We aim to consider the varied and contested meanings of ‘Black’ in historical and contemporary contexts alongside the omission of non-white voices in (local) history and university curricula. In so doing we hope to begin a dialogue with students, other faculty members and staff around the University and beyond about the place of black people in higher education.

We acknowledge that black academics and students are underrepresented in UK universities and we are committed to ‌promoting initiatives aiming to increase the number of black and minority ethnic scholars and students.

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