There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack

8 Dec 2017

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11:00 – 18:00

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Join the Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies Network (REPS) for an afternoon of talks and celebration to mark the 30th anniversary of There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack with its author Paul Gilroy and friends.


Published in in 1987, There Ain't No Black is one of the most influential books on race, racism and blackness in Britain, and among the most widely read. In this book, Paul Gilroy explores the racial and classed contours of post-Enoch Powell Britain opening up questions on diasporic formation, British racism and nationalism, and the revolutionary potential of black Atlantic culture.

The book emerges from an extraordinarily rich fissure of intellectual and cultural production whose fire still burns today. There Ain’t no Black is the inspiration for numerous artistic, musical, journalistic, activist and scholarly works and many authors and producers of these will be joining us for the celebrations.

From the late 1980’s, when the book was first published, social terms have changed, just as many questions remain the same. We will be exploring this transformation and its long standing interrogations. In what racialised, nationalist and classed moment are we living? How does cultural production, art and music comply with and exceed that? And, how is that being routed through modernity?

Join us in opening up these questions with Paul Gilroy and others, and to celebrate that engagement, those ongoing commitments, and its deep felt resonances.


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Hew Locke

Paul Gilroy

Ingrid Pollard


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