Event update: Black ephemera – depictions of people of African descent

I recently posted about an event which the University of Reading are holding on 4 July 2012. The all-day symposium run by the Centre for Ephemera Studies explores representations of Black people within ephemera such as advertising, greetings cards, and sheet music. To book a place, download the form here Black ephemera study day

The programme for the study day has just been finalised. See here Black ephemera study day programme and below for the details:


10.30-11.00 Arrival and welcome

Introduction to the day
Michael Twyman, Director, Centre for Ephemera Studies

Patrick Vernon
Black Ephemera: consuming stereotypes and identities

Temi Odumosu
The St Giles’s “Blackbirds”: some popular African presences from Georgian and Regency print culture

Tom Wareham
Using and abusing – Considering the use of Ephemera in the London, Sugar & Slavery Gallery at the Museum of London Docklands

Jonathan King
Anthropology and ephemera: representing Africa and the Caribbean at the British Museum

Amoret Tanner
Mary Seacole – the story behind the iconic carte-de-visite

Leon Robinson
Black Victorian entertainers

Jeffrey Green
Edwardian postcards

Mary Guyatt
Representations of black people in children’s ephemera 1870-1950

Sandra Shakespeare
Caribbean through a lens: Depictions of black people using photography

Deborah Sutherland
We shall not be silenced: Ephemera as a record of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa

Stefan Dickers
Fighting for Justice: Campaign ephemera in the Bernie Grant Archive

Zoe Whitley
Conspicuous absences: branding and un-branding the black body in magazines

6.00-6.30 Final questions/discussion/thanks and farewell


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