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Ms Elizabeth K Robles

PhD (Bristol), MA (Lond.), BA (Boston)

  • BS8 1UU


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Personal profile

Research interests

I am currently undertaking a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship for a project entitled 'Making Waves: Black Artists & 'Black Art' in Britain from 1963-1982'.

'Making Waves: Black Artists & ‘Black Art’ in Britain from 1963 – 1982’ is a three
year research project that will uncover and interpret a crucial period in the
fractured and unfinished history of Black artists in Britain and British art more
broadly. It will trace the history of African and Asian artists in Britain between the
1st Commonwealth Biennale (1963) and the First National Black Art Convention
(1982) and examine the development of discourses around the implications of and
possibilities for ‘Black Art’ in Britain. During this period, debates around the
intersections of race, nationality and aesthetics set against the background of,
what art historian Kobena Mercer has called, London’s ‘post- colonial
internationalism’ laid the foundations for what would become the British Black Arts
Movement of the 1980s. Bringing together oral histories, archival research and
the sustained visual engagement of iconology, this project will redress the extant
elision of pre-1980s voices from a still emerging narrative of Black creative
production in twentieth century Britain

External positions

Postdoctoral Fellow, British Academy


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Research Output

  • 3 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 3 Book/Film/Article review (Academic Journal)
  • 1 Authored book
  • 1 Edited book

Black British Art and Phenomenology

Robles, E., 23 Feb 2019, In : Burlington Contemporary.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review (Academic Journal)

Open Access
  • Collage and Recollection: Three Black British Artists

    Robles, E. K., 4 Nov 2019, In : Wasafiri. 34, 4, p. 52-63 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Complicating Art History: Beholding Christ and Christianity in African American Art, ed by James Romaine and Phoebe Wolfskill

    Robles, E., Apr 2019, In : Art History. 42, 2, p. 394-395 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review (Academic Journal)

  • Prizes

    Paul Mellon Centre for British Art Publication Grant

    Robles, Elizabeth K (Recipient) & Nick Aikens (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants


    The Place is Here Book Launch

    Elizabeth K Robles (Participant)

    6 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion

    Oxford Art Journal (Journal)

    Elizabeth K Robles (Peer reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Association for Art History's 2019 Annual Conference

    Elizabeth K Robles (Participant)

    4 Apr 20196 Apr 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference