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Anticipating Black Futures

Birmingham, U.K
Categories: Digital Humanities, Graduate Conference, Comparative, Gender & Sexuality, Women's Studies, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2019-05-31 Abstract Due: 2019-03-08

Anticipating Black Futures is an interdisciplinary symposium that will consider the futures of Black people in Britain by responding to the lived experiences of now.

In a nation where Black pasts are erased and the present is under threat, how do we begin conceptualising the future? This conference responds to this curiosity by raising questions about the meanings of Black identities in Britain from this moment post- Windrush and Brexit. By anticipating the future Black possibilities we can articulate contemporary realities and theorise how to move forward from the present hostile environment.

By legitimising anticipation of the future as a research premise this conference aims to articulate what it means to be Black in Britain by looking into future possibilities. The symposium will not only benefit those studying Black Studies and its related subjects. It will perform as a platform to further interest across Britain by being open to students in the arts, humanities, social sciences and other disciplines.

We are keen for individual papers and posters with expertise in the following areas, but not limited to:

Arts, Media and Culture
Black Feminisms
Black Masculinities
Climate and Environment
Community and Neighbourhoods
Digital Age and Technology
Disability, Health and Wellbeing
Education and Childhood
Gender, Sex & Sexualities
Globalisation and Migration
Politics and Civil Rights
Racism and Anti-Racism

The submissions will take the form of lightning talks that last 10 minutes or less. We want to encourage dialogue between attendees and presenters to deviate away from the traditional approach to conferences.

We are also taking submissions for poster presentations. We highly encourage scholars, activists, community workers to submit a poster presentation to share their work-in-progress. Your posters will be displayed throughout the day and you will have ample time during networking breaks to share your work.

For enquiries email: blkfuturesUK@gmail.com

Submission Guidelines:

To submit to the conference send the following to blkfuturesUK@gmail.com with the subject heading either “Paper/Poster Submission: “Abstract Title””

Paper Submission (Paper Submission: “Abstract Title”):

  • Abstract Title (15 word limit)
  • Individual Abstract (300 word limit)
  • Biographical Statement (250 word limit)
  • 4-5 Keywords relating to abstract
  • Grant Application (If applicable)

Poster Submission (Poster Submission: “Abstract Title”):

  • Abstract Title (15 word limit)
  • Individual Abstract (250 word limit)
  • Biographical Statement (250 word limit)
  • Answer the following question in 100 words: “How will you incorporate visual elements into your poster?”
  • 4-5 Keywords relating to abstract
  • Grant Application (If applicable)


We have a number of £50 travel grants available to support those in precarious situations. These grants are prioritised for non-funded Black and Ethnic Minority students, scholars, community workers and activists. To apply for a grant visit the website: https://blackfuturesuk.wordpress.com



Keisha Bruce