Our network members took part in a training programme of six workshops from March 2021 to June 2022.

Towards a Black Medical Humanities, 10th and 11th March 2021

Dr Josie Gill, University of Bristol. ‘Approaching Blackness in the Academy’

Dr Chisomo Kalinga, University of Edinburgh. ‘Africa and the Health Humanities: Theory, Method and Practice’

Dr Lioba Hirsch, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. ‘Working in Colonial Ruins: Antiblack Racism and Global Health’

Dr Grace Redhead, University of Warwick. ‘Histories and Memories of Sickle Cell Anaemia in the Postcolonial British Hospital’

Health in Hostile Environments, 9th and 10th June 2021

Dr Jenny Douglas, Open University. ‘Researching Black Women’s Health in a Chilly Climate: Politics, Policy and Practice’

Dr Caroline Bressey, University College London. ‘Recovering the Black Presence in Victorian Asylums’

Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones, Birkbeck. ‘Race, Mental Health and State Violence: A writing workshop’

Prof. Jonathan Metzl, Vanderbilt University. ‘Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland’

Racism and Illness, 8th and 9th September 2021

Dr Ros Williams, University of Sheffield. ‘”Everything to Gain and Nothing to Lose?”: Patient campaigners, racialised inequity, and stem cell donor recruitment’

Marlene Smith, artist and curator. ‘Walking Tall’

Prof. Lynette Goddard, Royal Holloway, University of London. ‘Performing the Afterlives of Enslavement: Black Women’s Playwriting and the Politics of Self-Care’

Dr Thomas Bray, Wellcome Trust. ‘Funding for health-related research’

Care, 8th and 9th December 2021

Jacqueline Roy, writer. ‘Creative Writing and Black Mental Health’

Dr Amanda Thomson, Glasgow School of Art. ‘Where We Are, How We Care’

Dr Clive Nwonka, University College London. ‘Black History, Black Present, Black Trauma: Representing Modern Black Britain’

Dr Rochelle Rowe, University of Edinburgh. Career session.

Black Futures and Rest as Resistance, 9th March 2022

Reading groups, ‘Imagining Black Futures’ and ‘Rest and Resistance’.

Discussion groups, ‘Building Solidarity and Creating Anti-Racist Spaces in Academia’ and ‘Legacy of the network’.

Activism, 16th and 17th June 2022

Stella Dadzie and Dr Hannah Ishmael, Black Cultural Archives. ‘Black women’s activism, mental health and the archive’.

Prof. Shawn Sobers, University of the West of England. ‘Exploring health and well-being as a UK Black Creative’.

Dr. Patrick Vernon, Independent Scholar. ‘From Windrush Scandal to Child Q: exploring the impact of structural racism on the mental health and wellbeing of Black Britons.’

The network is supported by the Wellcome Trust.


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