London Metropolitan Archives
Join us to celebrate the publication of our blog series reflecting on Imtiaz Habib’s Black Lives in the English Archives. This symposium brings together academics and archivists to discuss England’s early modern Black History. There will be a series of presentations from researchers working at the forefront of early modern Black History and premodern race studies. This will be followed by tours around the London Metropolitan Archive’s ‘Unforgotten Lives’ exhibition.
Habib’s Black Lives in the English Archives (2008) is a touchstone in premodern critical race studies and early modern Black History (1500-1677). This text not only traces the lives of early modern England’s Black inhabitants but raises a set of methodological questions about how scholars can undertake this research. Our symposium brings together scholars from across Black British History, Premodern Critical Race Studies, and Early Modern Studies to reflect on this important text.
We will begin with a set of presentations and Q&A based on our blog series, published by the many-headed monster blog. This will be followed by a lunch and tours around the London Metropolitan Archive’s ‘Unforgotten Lives’ exhibition. This exhibition presents the stories of Londoners of African, Caribbean, Asian and Indigenous heritage who lived and worked in the city between 1560 and 1860 and are recorded in London’s archives.
This event is co-hosted by KCL’s Centre for Early Modern Studies and the London Metropolitan Archives. It has been generously supported by the Royal Historical Society, the Society for Renaissance Studies, and KCL’s Medicine and the Making of Race Project.