UoB BMVP Lynn Hudson Public Lecture: Blackness on Both Sides of the Atlantic

3 June 2019, 5.15 PM - 4 June 2019, 6.15 PM

Professor Lynn M.Hudson, University of Illinois at Chicago

Lecture Theatre 1, 43 Woodland Road

Lynn Hudsonis an associate professor of history and affiliated faculty member in African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Marie Battle Singer was an African American expatriate and Britain’s first black psychoanalyst. After World War II, Singer left the United States and settled in London where she studied with Anna Freud. Singer earned a Ph.D. from the University of London, opened an office on Harley Street, and published a series of articles in The Observer about her field of expertise: adolescent psychotherapy. In the 1960s she moved to Cambridge where she became a fellow at Clare Hall and taught in the psychology department. Throughout her career, Singer was concerned with racial trauma. She was in a unique position to compare the manifestations of racism on the both sides of the Atlantic. This lecture will trace Singer’s experience as a black expatriate and examine her observations—personal and professional—about racial ideologies in the UK and the US between 1950 and 1980.

Drinks reception to follow

Contact information

During her stay in Bristol, Prof. Hudson will be hosted by Dr. Dorothy Price (History of Art)