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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


Event: Black ephemera – depictions of people of African descent

On 4 July 2012 an all-day symposium run by the Centre for Ephemera Studies at the University of Reading will consider visual representations of people of African heritage. As the flyer states, ‘the study day focuses on the ways in which black people from the African and Caribbean diaspora have been represented in ephemera over the last two hundred years.’ The event will explore different types of ephemera such as sheet music, greetings cards, advertising and postcards and there will be talks from  ‘historians of black culture, ephemerists, and those concerned with racial equality and community relations.’ For more information including contact details and registration costs, see the pdf flyer here: Black ephemera study day