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Art as Activism: Baldwin’s legacy and relevance today

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Online programme

Stuart Hall Foundation in collaboration with Merton College, Oxford and TORCH is organising a film screening of Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary I am Not Your Negro.

Following the screening of the film, Caryl Phillips and Isaac Julien will discuss a range of issues connected to Peck’s film and their own work as creative artists. These include: the particular artistic character of Peck’s film and its impact in terms of shaping a political legacy for Baldwin’s work; the link between activism and creativity and the role art can play in shaping political literacies; the creative recovery of historical figures and movements; the intersection of rights and representation and the relevance of the arts to social justice movements today; what remains under-represented still. The discussion will be chaired by Professor Alison Donnell.

18th October 2017


14:00   Screening of Raoul Peck’s film I am Not Your Negro

15:35   Break

16:00   Panel discussion with Isaac Julien and Caryl Phillips, chaired by Professor Alison Donnell

17:30   Drinks reception

Panel discussion
Watch the recording of the panel discussion with the award-winning filmmaker Isaac Julien and writer Caryl Phillips, moderated by Professor Alison Donnell (University of East Anglia). Taking Raoul Peck's pow...
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About 'I am Not Your Negro'
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House . The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations ...
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Further reading
Baldwin, James. Notes of a Native Son. Non-fiction. 1955 _____ . The Fire Next Time. Non-fiction. 1963 _____ . “An Open Letter to My Sister, Miss Angela Davis.” Newspaper article. The New York Review of Book...
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Speaker biographies
Professor Alison Donnell is Head of School of Literature, Creative Writing and Drama at the University of East Anglia. She has published widely on Caribbean, diasporic and black British writings and has been...
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This event has been organised by Stuart Hall Foundation, 

Merton College, Oxford  and TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.

We would like to say a special thank you to Professor Alison Donnell, Isaac Julien and Caryl Phillips, Raoul Peck and Velvet Film, Altitude Film Entertainment and all our colleagues at Merton College, Stuart Hall Foundation and TORCH who helped us organise this event.