Dr Elizabeth K Robles

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

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    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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