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The Black Atlantic & Northern Britain – An Interdisciplinary Symposium 30.04-15- 01.05.15

IBAR in association with the Bronte Parsonage Museum Haworth Present Lost Children: The Black Atlantic and Northern Britain – An Interdisciplinary Symposium April 30-May 1

The Institute for Black Atlantic Research at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston is proud to announce that it will host a symposium to tie in with the launch of Caryl Phillips new novel The Lost Child, a prequel to Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. It will echo the historical context and themes of the work discussing black presences across generations in the North from the 1770s to the present. It will be an interdisciplinary symposium which will bring together historians, visual artists, cultural critics and writers. It will discuss The Lost Child in its widest black Atlantic and Northern British context and highlight links and contexts that enable a variety of other writers and artists including the Brontes to be discussed. This will create dynamic new interpretations of British culture in this rarely heard context of the North and the Black Atlantic. It will include two readings from Caryl Phillips at UCLAN and at the Bronte Parsonage Museum Haworth. The symposium will spend the second afternoon in Haworth and there will be an opportunity to explore Bronte Country with a guided tour from our won Victorian expert Dr.Theresa Saxon.

The two keynote presenters are Dr. Jessica Moody (University of Portsmouth) an expert on Liverpool and its memory of slavery and Dr. Fionnghuala Sweeney an expert on Ireland, Britain and the Black Atlantic.

Visual Artists presenting their work include IBAR’s own Professor Lubaina Himid, London-based Ingrid Pollard and Scarborough-born Jade Montserrat.

New York film-maker Sikay Tang will present her film Toby’s Paradise about the sojourn from Liverpool to Shanghai of a Nigerian-born sailor.

Joe Williams from Heritage Corner in Leeds will perform his show about the Northern, black Victorian British circus performer, Pablo Fanque ( ).

Other contributors include:

Professor Bènèdict Ledent (University of Liege)

Professor Evelyn O’Callagham (University of the West Indies)

Professor John McLeod (University of Leeds)

Professor Brian Ward (University of Northumbria)

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© Johny Pitts 2014
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