C.L.R. James: forthcoming events, London, Glasgow and Liverpool

The C.L.R. James Legacy Project will be hosting our first conference in London in just over a month’s time and we would love to see you there. The event will be preceded the evening before with the C.L.R. James Annual lecture (the importance of the black vote) at the Dalston C.L.R. James Library. Details about this and other C.L.R James projects below. As ever please get in touch if you have articles/news for our web-site or want to offer your services to keep the legacy of C.L.R. James thriving. We are at present working on very limited resources – both human and financial – so could do with the active help of supporters. Please emailandrea@hackneyunites.org.uk if you feel you can help.  

The Life & Legacy of C.L.R. James – London Legacy Conference Saturday April 13 11am-6pm Venue: WEA, 96 -100 Clifton Street EC2A 4TP We are proud to host the first C.L.R. James Legacy Project conference on the Life & Legacy of C.L.R. James. This free conference is organised by the C.L.R. James Legacy Project in partnership with the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA). The conference takes place on Sat 13th April 2013 (11am-6pm) and will involve a day of discussions, workshop and performance around C.L.R. James’s Life and his relevance today. Confirmed speakers include Darcus Howe (Broadcaster, writer and civil-rights activist), Mike Dibb (filmmaker) and Selwyn Cudjoe (Wellesley College and co-editor of C.L.R. James: His intellectual Legacies). There will also be contributions from Ngoma Bishop (BEMA) and Andrea Enisuoh (Hackney Unites) who led the campaign to keep the name of C.L.R. James on the local Dalston Library when the local Council threatened to drop it. Friends and comrades of C.L.R. James will also be presenting and contributing to the discussions on the day. Bookings: http://clrjameslegacyconference.eventbrite.com/

The C.L.R. James Lecture (The Importance of the Black Vote) Friday 12th April 7pm Venue: Dalston C.L.R. James Library, Dalston Square, 60 Roseberry Pl, Hackney, London E8 Organised by BEMA in partnership with: Hackney Library Services, Operation Black Vote & Hackney Unites. A lecture followed by a panel discussion, looking at the impact, importance, patterns and relevance of the African/African-Caribbean vote in Hackney. The degree to which this community has achieved proportionate representation in terms of elected Councilors and the extent to which the boroughs cultural diversity has been reflected in the formulation and implementation of its policies will be examined. The question to be discussed is: Why vote? The panel will include Simon Woolley from Operation Black Vote, Diane Abbott M.P. and others. This will be the second annual lecture established following the successful campaign 2011 by BEMA and its partners in the community to ensure that the name of C.L.R James was retained when the library was rebuilt. Info: bemaarts@gmail.com

C.L.R. James’ Beyond a Boundary 50th Anniversary Conference Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May, 2013 Venue: University of Glasgow This conference is convened on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Beyond a Boundary, with the intention of both celebrating and questioning, drawing out the book’s intellectual legacies and identifying the issues it leaves unanswered. Confirmed keynote speakers: Mike Brearley (former England Test captain); Wai Chee Dimock (Yale); Robert A Hill (UCLA and C.L.R. James’ Literary Executor) Further keynotes to be announced; to be added to the conference mailing list or for more information please e-mail Andy Smith: andrew.smith.2@glasgow.ac.uk or visit: http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/research/sociology/beyondaboundary/

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Black Jacobins Revisited: Rewriting History The Black Jacobins Revisited: Rewriting History An International conference to be held at the International Slavery Museum and the Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool, 27–28 October 2013. Info: http://clrjamesblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/call-for-papers-black-jacobins.html




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