23rd Feb 2017 6:30pm
G7 Pavilion Parade
Professor Hakim Adi, University of Chichester.
Recent years have given rise to the phenomenon of Black Lives Matter and the need to Decolonise the Academy etc., but are these merely the most recent forms of Black Transnationalism and is that just another term for Black Internationalism? But then what is new about Black Internationalism? Is that just a new term for the Pan-Africanism that began in Britain in the 18th century?
What is central to such concepts is the importance of the political agency of Africans and those of African heritage, so often written out of history, to change their circumstances and by so doing to change the world. In this presentation, I pose the question what can we learn from the history of such struggles and the ideas that accompanied them for our own struggles to change the world in the 21st century?
Prof. Hakim Adi (PhD SOAS) is Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora at the University of Chichester. Hakim is the author of West Africans in Britain 1900-60: Nationalism, Pan-Africanism and Communism (Lawrence and Wishart, 1998); (with M. Sherwood) The 1945 Manchester Pan-African Congress Revisited (New Beacon, 1995) and Pan-African History: Political Figures from Africa and the Diaspora since 1787 (Routledge, 2003. He is also (with C.Bressey) the editor of Belonging in Europe – The African Diaspora and Work (London: Routledge, 2010). His most recent book is Pan-Africanism and Communism: The Communist International, Africa and the Diaspora, 1919-1939 (Africa World Press, 2013).
Hakim has appeared in many documentary films, on TV and radio and has written widely on the history of Pan-Africanism and the African Diaspora, including three history books for children. He is currently working on a history of Pan-Africanism www.hakimadi.org