From Prof. Wright “In this talk I try to address the persistent “absent presence” of Blackness largely in terms of history but also in terms of geography. More specifically, I take up named (and for the most part, somewhat known) historical figures (Mifflin Gibbs, Sylvia Stark and, if we dare colour him Black, Sir James Douglas) and use them to try to explain the strategy (racist erasure) by which Blackness has come to be rendered almost fully absent from the conception of BC and to assert the contemporary presence of a rich diversity (e.g. in terms of gender, sexuality, diaspora) of Blackness that belies and resists that erasure.”
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Prof. Handel Kashope Wright is the Director of the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education and co-editor of African and Diasporic Cultural Studies Book Series. Recent major publications include: Contemporary Orientations in African Cultural Studies. Critical Arts; The Worldliness of Stuart Hall; and Promised Land: History and Historiography of the Black Experience in Chatham-Kent’s Settlements and Beyond.