Birkbeck University presents Get Started: Big Ideas – Black British archives

Tuesday 27 October, 6-7pm

In this lecture for Black History Month we shall consider the ways national institutions control and shape the narratives of Black people (African and African diasporic communities) in and of the UK. From examining the representation of Windrush 1948 and briefly considering Stuart Hall’s essay ‘Reconstruction Work: Images of Post War Black Settlement’ we will explore themes of testimony, witness and memory. This lecture would interest anyone wanting to learn how black intellectual thought helps us to analyse the British Empire, study diasporic culture and reimagine freedom.

Who is Carson Cole Arthur?

Carson Cole Arthur is studying MPhil Criminology at the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), his research project is on inquests of Black British people killed in police custody, with a focus on accountability, the production of facts, and narratives of racial violence within Coroner’s Courts.

What is Get Started: Big Ideas?

Get Started: Big Ideas is a series of thought-provoking free public lectures from emerging researchers from Birkbeck, University of London on a wide range of subject areas. The series is run by Birkbeck’s Access and Engagement Department and usually takes place in community venues across London, most recently at Stratford Library. During the COVID-19 lockdown we’ve taken the series online, with help to navigate the online platforms available for those with low digital confidence. The lectures are open to everyone, regardless of previous educational experience. Email us to find out more:

Format of the event

This event will be streamed on YouTube Live. We will send Eventbrite attendees the link to join us closer to the time. This event will consist of a 20-minute lecture followed by 20 minutes of discussion and questions. If you have any questions you’d like to submit in advance, please email them to

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