Black Arts in contemporary Britain: literary visual performative

This seminar is an interdisciplinary forum for a critical investigation of the multi-ethnic topography of British culture. The focus is on the articulation of new identities and forms of third millennium citizenship as prefigured, for example, in Paul Gilroy’s idea of “conviviality” and Stuart Hall’s adhesion to a “civic nationalism.” In an increasingly fruitful pairing between transculturality and interdisciplinarity, we bring together perspectives from literature, cinema, theatre and the visual arts, particularly through the work of authors of African and Caribbean origins. Multi-ethnic Britain showcases how all arts concur in representing, performing, dramatising, staging, picturing and sounding identity, combining narrative patterns with performative and visual strategies, thus leading to the formation of syncretised formats.

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