Memories from 2015 Black Portraiture{s} II Conference: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories in Florence

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With the exhibit curator. (photo credit: J. Lind)

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With a Senegalese photographer, one of his works; the curator with fans, additional photography.

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Installations on display. (Photos credit J. Lind)

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Taking it all in, an artist with her work, me taking it all in. (Photo credit: J. Lind)

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Three s of dozens of panels, chatting in between sessions. (Photo credit J. Lind)

Jamelia is one of ITV’s Loose Women

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Jamelia has over 1.7 million album sales with 7 top 10 hits from her album Thank You including Superstar, Thank You and her co-write with Chris Martin, See It In A Boy’s Eyes. Jamelia stormed the top 10 again with Stop, her signature track for the second Bridget Jones film. Jamelia’s has also seen success in Europe, Australia and New Zealand where she reached No 1.

Winner of four MOBO awards, including Best UK Act and Best British Female, she has performed at the MOBOS and co-hosted the awards in 2007.

The Superstar singer has also worked with brands including Pretty Polly, Reebok and has fronted her own ethnic hair care range called Model.Me. endorsed byToni&Guy. Jamelia has also been the cover girl for Harpers and Queen, Cosmopolitan and Elle magazine.

Jamelia has authored her own BBC3 documentary and fronted the Channel 4 show, The House that Made Me. She alsostarred on the judging panel of BBC3’s Move Like Michael Jackson. Jamelia is currently starring as one of the judges on The Voice of Ireland.

Find out more about Jamelia in her Q&A:

I’m best known for: Singing a few songs and my big mouth

The proudest moment of my career is: Performing for and having dinner with Nelson Mandela

The first thing I do in the morning is: Check my twitter (@jameliatweeties if you’re interested)

My favourite lunch is: A chipotle burrito – thankfully they don’t have them in Birmingham or I’d be a beached whale!

The most famous person in my phonebook is: Naomi Campbell

The actress who would play me in a film about my life is: Kerry Washington, because I love her!

My favourite memory from working on Loose Women is: Having two people I know and love on my first show – Biggins and Ben Miller

If I wasn’t presenting Loose Women, I’d be: Eating and sleeping, so basically you’ve saved my life!

You’d be surprised to learn that: I am obsessed with Christmas songs

The one thing I couldn’t live without is: My two daughters and chocolate

Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century event – June 5th in Oxford

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Launched in January 2013, the Race and Resistance network brings together researchers in the history, literature, and culture of anti-racist movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.

We meet every Friday during term-time, with sessions taking a variety of formats, including lectures by invited speakers, short research presentations, seminars discussing pre-circulated texts from a range of disciplines, book launches, and film screenings.

All are welcome to attend.

The interdisciplinary research group ‘Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century’ brings together researchers in the history, literature and culture of anti-racist movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.

Events will take place in the TORCH Seminar Room, 3rd Floor of the Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford University (unless otherwise stated), and lunch will be provided at the lunchtime meetings.

5th June, 12.45 – 2pm: (Colin Matthew Room, ground floor of Radcliffe Humanities)

Research presentations by members of the ‘Race and Resistance’ network

Gaetan Maret (English): ‘Césaire’s 1939 Cahier d’un Retour au Pays Natal and black America’

Mai Musié (Classics): ‘Ethnic Identity in the Ancient Novel’

June Sarpong is one of ITV’s Loose Women

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Credit: ITV

 

June has enjoyed a 15-year career which has already seen her become one of the most recognizable faces of British television, as well as being one of the UK’s most intelligent and dynamic young hosts! So much so that HM The Queen awarded her an MBE in 2007 for her services to broadcasting and charity, making June one of the youngest people to receive the award.

Over the years she’s taken on the world’s most challenging live audiences: from hosting 2005’s major Make Poverty History event in London’s Trafalgar Square to presenting at the UK leg of Live Earth in 2007. In 2008 she even hosted Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday celebrations alongside Will Smith in front of 30,000 people at London’s Hyde Park!

As well as her broadcasting work June is also passionately involved with several charitable foundations having worked extensively with HRH Prince Charles for over a decade as an ambassador for his charity the Prince’s Trust, as well as campaigning for The One and Product (RED). And when she’s not busy doing any of that she’s working as Co-Founder of the WIE Network (Women:Inspiration & Enterprise).

After living in America for 8 years, June has recently moved back to her hometown of London and is thrilled to be joining the Loose team.

Find out more in her Q&A below:
I’m best known for: For presenting Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Party in Hyde Park

The proudest moment of my career is: Interviewing Tony Blair and helping to encourage a generation of young people to vote

The first thing I do in the morning is: Go to the loo! After that mediate and pray

My favourite lunch is: Fried chicken

The most famous person in my phonebook is: Will Smith

The actor who would play me in a film about my life is: Wow, not sure. Probably Lupita Nyongo

If I wasn’t presenting Loose Women, I’d be: In my kitchen cooking up a storm. Like Ruth, I LOVE cooking

Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century event – May 29 in Oxford

 Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century event   May 29 in Oxford

Launched in January 2013, the Race and Resistance network brings together researchers in the history, literature, and culture of anti-racist movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.

We meet every Friday during term-time, with sessions taking a variety of formats, including lectures by invited speakers, short research presentations, seminars discussing pre-circulated texts from a range of disciplines, book launches, and film screenings.

All are welcome to attend.

The interdisciplinary research group ‘Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century’ brings together researchers in the history, literature and culture of anti-racist movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.

Events will take place in the TORCH Seminar Room, 3rd Floor of the Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford University (unless otherwise stated), and lunch will be provided at the lunchtime meetings.

29th May, 5pm: (**please note change to time)

Chaired by Tiziana Morosetti (University of Oxford), the round table discusses contemporary attempts to re-enact ‘human zoos’ and their artistic politics after the much-criticised and eventually cancelled performance of Brett Bailey’s Exhibit B at the Barbican in 2014. Are re-enactments of ‘human zoos’ useful/desirable? Do they effectively tackle racial politics? Are we, as one petition stated, justified in censoring them when they risk being racially offensive?

The interdisciplinary research group ‘Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century’ brings together researchers in the history, literature and culture of anti-racist movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.

 

Arabella Kiesbauer Hosts the 60th Eurovision tonight from Vienna

Hosts in 2015

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It’s Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer to guide Europe through the 60th edition. And yes, the Green Room host will be Conchita Wurst!

This year, ORF has decided to pick three hosts, who are all well respected and with huge experience in hosting huge events – Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer.

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Arabella Kiesbauer’s career started already in the 1980s at ORF before she moved to host her own talk show in Germany for 10 years and significantly influenced the TV landscape there. She returned to ORF in 2002 to lead the talent show Star Mania. Since 2008 she has been an ambassador for integration in the team of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Integration. In 2013 she was honoured for the commitment to tolerance and against racism with the Golden Medal of the Republic of Austria.

 

Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century event-May 22 in Oxford

 Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century event May 22 in Oxford

Launched in January 2013, the Race and Resistance network brings together researchers in the history, literature, and culture of anti-racist movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.

We meet every Friday during term-time, with sessions taking a variety of formats, including lectures by invited speakers, short research presentations, seminars discussing pre-circulated texts from a range of disciplines, book launches, and film screenings.

All are welcome to attend.

The interdisciplinary research group ‘Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century’ brings together researchers in the history, literature and culture of anti-racist movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.

Events will take place in the TORCH Seminar Room, 3rd Floor of the Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford University (unless otherwise stated), and lunch will be provided at the lunchtime meetings.

22nd May, 12.45 – 2pm:

Research presentations by members of the ‘Race and Resistance’ network

Zainab Alsayegh (English): ‘Opacity and Interstiality in the Autobiography’

Ed Dodson (English): ‘Postimperial British Fiction: The Legacy of Empire and the Racial Categorisation of Authors’