On May 13th the INSTITUTE FOR BLACK ATLANTIC RESEARCH (IBAR) at the University of Central Lancashire will be launched and the occasion be marked by a readingby the renowned authorCaryl Phillips (18 – 21 hours)
IBAR is a research institute utilising UCLAN’s interdisciplinary and internationally renowned research pedigree in African Atlantic studies particularly in the Schools of Language, Literature and International Studies (SOLLIS) and Art, Design and Performance (ADP). Housed in SOLLIS it fosters partnerships with museums, galleries, broadcasters and community organisations to promote the study of the Black Atlantic in the North West and beyond. These organisations include the International Slavery Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery, Tate Galleries, Front Room Theatre Company, Lancashire Museums and Preston Black History Group.
IBAR is the recipient of a 300,000 Euro EU Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship Grant: the recipient Raphael Hoermann will undertake a two year interdisciplinary research project into the politics of horror and terror in transatlantic Gothic narratives of the Haitian Revolution from 1791 to the present.
Research at the Institute includes:
1) Black British Art and Culture (Lubaina Himid & Susan Walsh)
2) Curating African American & African Art (Zoe Whitley & Christine Eyene)
3) African Atlantic Literature and Culture (Alan Rice & Andrea Sillis)
4) The Literature and Cultures of African Rivers (Yvonne Reddick)
5) Black Atlantic Drama and Performance (Theresa Saxon)
6) Caribbean Culture and Radical Legacies (Raphael Hoermann)
IBAR and its website will officially launch on May 13, 2014 with a public reading by Caryl Phillips in Preston and a showcasing of research in the institute including a show reel of Zoe Whitley’s 2013-14 Studio Museum of Harlem co-curated show on Afro-futurism, The Shadows Took Shape. http://www.studiomuseum.org/exhibition/the-shadows-took-shape
We envisage a calendar of a minimum of 5 academic events a year including an annual lecture by an esteemed Black Atlantic scholar, research seminars and conferences, public engagement events (organised in partnership with Preston Black History Group) and cultural events.
Alan Rice – Professor of English and American Studies
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