13 September 2019

The autumn term at ULIP will see a series of events focusing on race and popular culture, a reflection of emerging partnerships and the developing range of programmes at the Institute where the current challenges of contemporary democracy and new patterns of culture and co-existence in the city are coming more to the fore. 

Bringing Britain's now established Black History Month to Paris, the first part of this series has been developed with Professor Martin Evans (University of Sussex) who is currently the lead British expert in the French Migration Museum’s major exhibition Music Migrations (1962-1989) at the Palais de la Porte Dorée, and Dr Mélanie Torrent (Amiens University) who is a member of the LARCA research network.

Focusing on London and Paris, this exhibition charts the contributions of successive waves of migrants to the national capitals of the gradually decolonizing Empires of Great Britain and France and has been heralded as one of the best exhibitions on popular music. The film screening and discussion on Friday 4th October 2019 will offer students, researchers and fans the opportunity to see Mykaell Riley's Bass Culture Documentary and to learn about the hugely important Rock against Racism Carnival of 1978 through his first hand account. We will also welcome Gary Crosby and Janine Irons founders of Tomorrow's Warriors, whose impact on the London music scene cannot be overestimated. This event follows on the post-graduate student training event co-organized with the School of Languages, Literatures and Film (QMUL) on 19th June 2019.   

This event is aimed at a general public and offers particular interest for high-school students and their teachers by broadening the sphere of reflection from a national frame to a comparative approach to some of the most important issues of our era: race, racism, multiculturalism and the way popular cultures are shaped by them and shape them in turn. 

ULIP is currently developing a collaboration with Goldsmiths University of London which will build on this comparative approach to race and popular culture, drawing on Goldsmiths long experience in short-course provision through a new format of intensive delivery. The first such opportunity is provisionally entitled Bad Girls: Representations of Race and Gender in Popular Culture. This course will provide an introduction into the way popular culture, and particularly music, shapes discourses on race and gender. Students will be led to think about issues such as feminism, queerness, colonialism and desire, unpacking their representations to engage with the culture we consume in more nuanced and critical ways. Watch this space for further details about this course and similar developments. 

These events and collaborations also intersect with our public lecture series for which we will be welcoming Françoise Vergès, ‘Global South’ Chair of the Collège d’Études mondiales at Paris and one of the world’s leading decolonial scholars, author of numerous studies, including most recently Un féminisme decolonial (La Fabrique éditions 2019). She will be speaking at ULIP on Thursday 5th December. 


For the Music Migrations Documentary Film Event (free), 4th October, please register here

(Supported by University of Sussex, Université Paris Diderot (LARCA), Le Palais de la Porte Dorée)