UCL marks Black History Month 2023

Black History Month 2023
Black History Month 2023
Black History Month takes place every October and there’s plenty of free talks, seminars and social events taking place at UCL. Follow this page to find out more and keep up to date with events as they are announced.

Black History Month is a time to uncover, recognise and celebrate the invaluable contributions of black people to British society. This year’s theme, ’Saluting our Sisters’, places the focus on black women, whose achievements have too often been overlooked or forgotten. 

Take a look at our events listing below - we’ll be updating this webpage additional events as they are announced, so if you’re running an event that you’d like us to add please get in touch: internalcommunications@ucl.ac.uk.

Book recommendations

UCL Libraries are compiling a list of books that celebrate the history and contributions of black women in all their diversity or that will educate, challenge and empower us all to make the world a better place. Send in your book recommendations here !


2 October 2023, 6-8pm: IAS Book Launch: Black Boys

Join author Dr Clive Chijioke Nwonka for the launch of his new book ’Black Boys: The Social Aesthetics of Black Urban Film’. In person - free and open to all.

4 October 2023, 5.30-7.30pm: What now? Reducing domestic violence and reviewing refugee safety globally

Join international speakers, Dr Betty Okot and Dr Tenywa Aloysius Malagala for this Black History Month event that explores research findings related to projects focused on reducing domestic violence and reforming refugee safety. In person - free and open to all. 

6 October 2023, 4.30-6pm: Camera Rolls and Mixtapes

Camera rolls and mixtapes: family history, analogue archives, and diasporic placemaking. In person - free and open to all.

10 October 2023, 6-8pm: Jayna Brown: Meditations on Black Feminism  

In this public lecture, Professor Jayna Brown will examine current and divergent trends in black feminism, followed by a response from Dr Christine Okoth (KCL). In person - free and open to all. 

10 October 2023, 6-8pm: IAS Book Launch: Race Is Everything

Celebrating David Bindman’s latest book ’Race Is Everything: Art and Human Difference’. In person - free and open to all. 

11 October 2023, 6-7.30pm: Black Youth Work and Higher Education: Radical Possibilities

In this seminar, three London based youth workers working specifically with Black 16-18-year-olds to exchange ideas on how the educational work undertaken by them within racially diverse communities may contribute to their knowledge and expectations. In person - free and open to all.

18 October 2023, 5.30-7.30pm: UCL Institute of the Americas Caribbean Series: Paul Clammer, Black Crown  

Discussion of Paul Clammer’s Black Crown: Henri Christophe, the Haitian Revolution and the Caribbean’s Forgotten Kingdom. Online - free and open to all. 

25 October 2023, 2-6pm: IAS Research Centres and Networks Fair

Learn about the wide range of interdisciplinary research centres and networks you could join to extend your opportunities for support and collaboration in your research. In person - free and open to all.

26 October 2023, 5-6pm: Black History is World History

Dr Daniel James (TU Dresden) will speak at this public EDI and philosophy talk in celebration of Black History Month. Light refreshments will follow. Everyone is warmly welcome.  In person - free and open to all.

13 November 2023, 6-8pm: IAS Book Launch: Anteaesthetics

Join author Rizvana Bradley for the launch of her book ’Anteaesthetics. Black Aesthesis and the Critique of Form’. In person - free and open to all.

15 November 2023, 5.30-7pm: UCL Institute of Americas Caribbean Seminar Series: Sheryllynne Haggerty  

A rare study of microhistory, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times paints a picture of daily life in Jamaica against the vast backdrop of transatlantic slavery, war, and the eighteenth-century British Empire. Online - free and open to all. 
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