Black Art Matters – key artists from Conrad Murray’s ‘Queering Post-Black Art’
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Black Art Matters – key artists from Conrad Murray’s ‘Queering Post-Black Art’

As it’s black history month in the United States, I wanted to do a quick list of my favourite African American Artists. You can find out more information about some of them (noted in the text) in Derek Conrad Murray’s Queering Post-Black Art (I.B.Tauris 2016). If you like Matisse and Kandinsky, and have not yet … Continue reading

Q&A with Rachel Reeves MP, author of ‘Alice in Westminster: The Political Life of Alice Bacon’
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Q&A with Rachel Reeves MP, author of ‘Alice in Westminster: The Political Life of Alice Bacon’

Alice Bacon was one of the twentieth-century’s most remarkable female politicians. Born and raised in the Yorkshire town of Normanton, she defied the odds to be elected Labour MP for Leeds North East in the 1945 General Election. Famed in her home town for her unlikely love of sports cars, she was a much-respected, no-nonsense, … Continue reading

‘Make yourself disagreeable’ – Rafael Torrubia on Black Power in the past, present and future
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‘Make yourself disagreeable’ – Rafael Torrubia on Black Power in the past, present and future

As an uncertain and turbulent political era begins in the United States, the need for assertive and potent resistance has never been stronger. Rafael Torrubia’s new work Black Power and the American People provides both a comprehensive history of the movement –  and a powerful call to arms for today’s activists. Just a scant few days ago, the White House’s … Continue reading

Turkey: 2016 Politics Essential Reading List
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Turkey: 2016 Politics Essential Reading List

Turkey stands at the crossroads of world politics: caught between the West and the Middle East; bordering Syria and the frontiers of ISIS; excluded from the EU and governed by an increasingly hard-line leader. Recent events – both the failed military coup and Erdoğan’s subsequent nationwide crackdown – have propelled this young democracy into a new chapter of turbulence. Continue reading

Extract: Fragments of a Lost Homeland
Armen T. Marsoobian / History

Extract: Fragments of a Lost Homeland

The Armenian world was shattered by the 1915 genocide. Not only were thousands of lives lost but families were displaced and the narrative threads that connected them to their own past and homelands were forever severed. By contrast, the Dildilian family chose to speak, and record their experiences. Now, Armen T. Marsoobian, descendent of the Dildilian family, has written Fragments of a Lost Homeland – a unique array of family sources that tells the story of his ancestors and, in doing so, brings to life the tumultuous events of the early twentieth century. Continue reading