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Pre-Recorded Lecture Series

All of our lectures have been recorded by University of Exeter academics and PhD students, and are appropriate for a wide audience from Year 9 upwards. If you have any questions at all about the Academic Lecture Series, then please email us at

Black Feminism, Maternal Health and Motherhood - Anna Horn and Prof Nandini Chatterjee

In this interview by Professor Nandini Chatterjee, Anna Horn examines how Black feminism frames her scholarship and activism in Black maternal health, reproduction and motherhood, through research and lived experience as a Black American residing in the UK. They explore Black feminism in its dimensions as theory, thought, methodology, genre and political ideology as well as a way of life.

A Short History of Black British Television Fiction - Dr Benedict Morrison 

The Burden of Representation - It is easy to imagine that the history of British television's engagement with black identities has gone from a world of invisibility and hostility to a brighter present in which TV represents a broader diversity - Dr Benedict Morrison challenges that assumption. Ranging from the 1930s to 2020, he considers the role of television in shaping cultural norms and how it has the power to move hearts, raise spirits, and change minds.

All Dead White Men?: Race and Racism in Classics and the Classical World - Dr Daniel King 

Dr Daniel King examines the ways in which race and colour were seen in antiquity, and the ways in which classical scholarship has represented the classical past. He shows that in ancient societies, the primary distinction racial and ethnic difference was not between white and black skin colour and that interpretation of the classical world by scholars has often been closely entwined with the evolving history of colonialism, and racial and cultural prejudice in our own societies. 

Entrepreneurship for and by Black People

In this video Dr Stela Ivanova and Rachael Twumasi-Cors (co-founder of Afrocenchix) discuss the Afrocenchix story and share tips for young people wanting to start their own business.

The Hard Stop Revisited: Britain’s Race Riots in Context - Prof. Jane Poyner & Jezz Vernon

Professor Jane Poyner and Jezz Vernon discusses 'The Hard Stop Revisited', a documentary produced by Jezz. The lecture include clips from 'The Hardstop Revisited' as well as interviews with Marcus Knox.

Afrotheology: Proud to be a British and Nigerian Woman

Theology PHD student Olabisi Obamakin shares her research exploring Afrotheology a new concept which uses African and European epistemology to explore theological ideas.

Why Does the Idea of Race Exist? - Dr Stuart Scrase

Sociology Lecturer, Dr Stuart Scrase, examines the emergence and creation of the biological concept of race in 17-18th century Europe. He looks at colonialism, slavery, and science, and shows how these produced the false idea that humanity could be broken up into groups that were deemed biologically superior and inferior to each other. 

The long legacy of colonialism in Britain - Dr Joanie Willett

Senior Lecturer in Politics, Dr Joanie Willett, argues that Britain is threaded through with structural inequalities which make ‘making it’ much harder for some than for others, which has a serious impact on the extent to which people are able to contribute to political decision-making. 

West Indian Literature: What it's All About - Zakiya McKenzie

This session introduces PhD student Zakiya McKenzie’s research into British-Caribbean literary collections, through which she seeks to develop a critical understanding of Black British writing careers between 1950 and 1980. Through case studies of the West Indian Gazette and Afro-Asian News published from 1958 to 1965, and the West Indian World in print from 1971 until 1980, the session looks at examples of journalism by and about an emergent Black and British population.

Eighteenth-Century Black Lives Matter - Dr Ryan Hanley

History lecturer, Dr Ryan Hanley, will use eighteenth-century life writing to explore how Africans and their descendants contributed to Georgian society far beyond the issues of slavery and abolition.

Introduction to Postcolonialism & Postcolonial approaches to IR - Dr Shubranshu Mishra 

Dr Shubranshu Mishra presents key ideas and debates in Postcolonial approaches to International Relations and discusses methodological issues that might arise.

The Windrush Generation - Dr Ryan Hanley

Taking a broad view of the challenges faced by the Windrush Generation alongside their responses, Lecturer in the History department, Dr Ryan Hanley examines how ideas around ‘race’ affected what it meant to ‘belong’ in twentieth-century Britain.

The Windrush Generation and its UK Legacy

Hear the hidden voices of the Windrush Generation. In this informative session, Jasmin, a current student and member of the Students of Colour Association, will share her grandparent's testimony to explore the experience of migrating from the Caribbean between 1948 and 1973, and how their lives contributed to the formation of a post-war Britain, and the impact of the Windrush scandal.

Heroes and Role Models - Dr Ekaterina Kolpinskaya

Join Dr Ekaterina Kolpinskaya, Lecturer in Politics at the University of Exeter, in an interactive workshop exploring her research into the UK population's heroes and role models. This interdisciplinary session is likely to be of particular interest to students of politics, social sciences, media studies and geography.

New Beginnings in South Africa

Senior Lecturer in Global and Imperial History in the History department, Dr Emily Bridger discusses the extent to which life for South Africans really changed, when South Africa’s system of racial segregation & discrimination known as ‘apartheid’ officially came to an end.

The Role of Black Identity and Negritude in French Rap - Dr Eleanor Hodgson

Dr Eleanor Hodgson explores French Rap with a particular focus on the theme of black identity linked to a black cultural movement that was known as Negritude, which was developed by French and French-speaking writers and philosophers in the middle of the 20th century