Black History Month: The politics of ‘race’ and gender (16th October)

Taking Soundings is pleased to be working again with the Centre for Culture and the Arts at Leeds Beckett (formerly Metropolitan) University on an event in Black History Month. Dr Emily Marshall has invited Dr Shirley Tate and Dr Robin Bunce to lead discussions on black politics and feminism.

The event will take place on Thursday 16th October 2014.

The talks will start at 6pm in Room CC RB444 Lecture Theatre C, Rose Bowl, Leeds Met/Beckett University, Portland Crescent, Woodhouse Lane, LS1 3HB.

Dr Shirley Anne Tate will speak on ‘Michelle Obama’s arms: ‘race’, respectability, class privilege’.


Dr Tate is an Associate Professor in Race and Culture and PGRT. She is Director of the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at The University of Leeds. She is particularly interested in exploring the intersections of ‘raced and gendered bodies,  ‘race’ performativity, ‘mixed race’ and decoloniality within the Black Atlantic diasporic context.
 Her first book Black Skins, Black Masks: Hybridity, Dialogism, Performativity was focused on ‘race’ performativity, ‘mixed race’ and on going beyond hybridity theorising.

 Her second book Black Beauty: Aesthetics, Stylization, Politics looks at beauty within the Black Atlantic diaspora as affect-laden, performative ‘race’ work that continues to impact on identities and communal politics but which is continuously being deconstructed and reshaped through stylization.

Dr Robine Bunce will speak on ‘Darcus Howe and Black Power in  Britain, 1967-1975.’


Dr Robin Bunce is a historian of political thought based at Cambridge University. He is currently Director of Studies for Politics at Homerton College, and a Fellow in History at St Edmund’s College. His most recent work focuses on Black Power as an ideology and a movement in Britain. His recent book, co written with Paul Field, Darcus Howe: a Political Biography, examines the life of one of Britain’s most prominent black intellectuals and radicals. He is currently working on a history of the British Black Panther Movement.


Demonstrators supporting the Mangrove Nine, including Darcus Howe, who were on trial at the Old Bailey in 1971. Howe successfully defended himself in what became the prototype for black self-defence legal struggles.


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