Civil Rights documentary cinema and the 1960s: transatlantic conversations on history, race and rights

Tue 24 - Thu 26 May 2016, 10:30 - 18:00

The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

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Convenors: Professor Sharon Monteith, University of Nottingham, Dr George Lewis, University of Leicester, Dr Helen Laville, University of Birmingham and Professor Nahem Yousaf, Nottingham Trent University

This conference - held in memory of American social activist, politician and leader in the civil rights movement Julian Bond (1940-2015) - brings together documentary filmmakers, activists, and film, history and media scholars. Its focus is films based in civil rights history and inspired by it. It promotes a trans-Atlantic exchange of ideas around film production, activist subjects, and historical research in the making of civil rights cinema, history and cultural memory. It examines race and rights - activism, massive resistance, film and visual cultures - to intervene creatively in the history of the 1960s and in the historiography of the civil rights movement.

Speakers include:
John Akomfrah OBE, Smoking Dogs Films, documentary filmmaker and artist
Dr Reece Auguiste, University of Colorado, US, documentary filmmaker
Eduardo Montes-Bradley, Writer and director with Heritage Films Project at the University of Virginia, US
Professor Clayborne Carson, Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, Stanford University, US
Professor Jon Else, documentary filmmaker, producer and cinematographer for Eyes on the Prize, UC Berkley, US
Professor Allison Graham, documentary producer, University of Memphis, US
Matthew Graves, documentary filmmaker, University of Mississippi, US
Professor Peter Ling, University of Nottingham, UK
Judy Richardson, documentary filmmaker and civil rights activist, researcher and series associate producer for Eyes on the Prize
David Shulman, documentary filmmaker, US and UK
Professor Stephen Tuck, University of Oxford
Professor Clive Webb, Professor of Modern American History, University of Sussex, UK

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