The Univ Seminar: Culture Wars: Who Owns History
Thursday, 2 February 2023, 6.30-9.30pm (GMT)
The Members’ Dining Room, The House of Commons, London and online
Baroness Amos, Master of University College, Oxford is delighted to invite you and a guest to the Univ Seminar on Thursday, 2 February 2023 from 6.30-9.30pm at the House of Commons in London.
Baroness Amos will host a panel discussion and Q&A session, to be followed by a chance to socialise with the speakers and fellow alumni over drinks and a light bowl food supper.
We are very excited to announce the panellists for the Univ Seminar, “Culture Wars: Who Owns History” (full bios below):
Afua Hirsch: an award-winning writer, broadcaster and former barrister known for her work on culture, social justice, identity and anti-racism. Afua will be joining us remotely from LA.
Dr Casely-Hayford: the inaugural Director of V&A East, appointed in March 2020. Dr Casely-Hayford is a curator and cultural historian who writes, lectures and broadcasts widely on culture.
Professor Ben Jackson: Leslie Mitchell Tutorial Fellow in History and Development Adviser at University College, Oxford, and Professor of Modern History at Oxford.
The panel will be chaired by Baroness Amos, Master of University College.
Please note: Our in-person tickets are now sold out, but we are thrilled to be able to offer you the chance to attend the panel discussion and Q&A session live via Zoom. Please pre-register via the button below.
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Admittance is strictly upon presentation of invitation (electronic or hardcopy), and guests are required to bring personal photo identification.
Entrance is via Cromwell Green visitors’ entrance, and please allow up to 45 minutes to go through security. Please note that no parking facilities are available. Luggage larger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm will not be permitted.
Afua Hirsch is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and former barrister known for her work on culture, social justice, identity and anti-racism.
Afua is the founder of Born in Me Productions, which creates scripted and non-scripted television, movies and podcasts, in partnership with Fremantle. She presents and produces non scripted TV documentaries, including African Renaissance, a BBC series on African art, and Enslaved, a 6-part series about the transatlantic slave trade with Samuel L Jackson, and a podcast series for Audible. She is creative chair of the Edinburgh TV Festival, the most prestigious TV event in the UK.
A journalist for more than twenty years, she has been a senior Guardian correspondent, Sky News editor, and freelance contributor to publications including the New York Times, Time Magazine and Vogue.
Afua’s bestselling book Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging is the winner of the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Prize. Her other books include Equal To Everything, about the UK Supreme Court, and Empire: Look Again. She is currently the Wallis Annenberg Chair of Journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and holds a degree from Oxford University, and honorary doctorates from London’s South Bank University and The University of Oxford Brookes.
Dr Gus Casely-Hayford, OBE, is the Director of V&A East and Professor of Practice at SOAS, University of London.
Dr Casely-Hayford is the inaugural Director of V&A East, appointed in March 2020. He is a curator and cultural historian who writes, lectures and broadcasts widely on culture, having presented a number of series for Sky, BBC radio and television and other channels. Formerly Executive Director of Arts Strategy, Arts Council England, (Britain’s major Art’s funder) and Ex-Director of the Institute of International Contemporary Art, he has offered leadership to both large and medium scale organisations including the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. He has served on the boards of many cultural institutions, including the National Trust and the National Portrait Gallery. Gus has lectured widely on culture, including periods at Sotheby’s Institute, Goldsmiths, Birkbeck, City University, University of Westminster and SOAS. He has advised national and international bodies on heritage and culture including the United Nations and the Canadian, Dutch and Norwegian Arts Councils. In 2005 he deployed these leadership, curatorial, fundraising, communications skills to organise the biggest celebration of Africa Britain has ever hosted when more than 150 organisations put on over 1,000 exhibitions and events.
Gus gained a PhD from SOAS and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship. He is a Cultural Fellow of King’s College London, a Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, a Board Member of the Creative Industries Federation and a Trustee of the Karun Thakur Foundation. Gus is also a member of the Art Mills Museum Scientific Committee and the English Heritage Blue Plaques Committee. Gus was awarded an OBE in 2018.
Professor Ben Jackson is Professor of Modern History at Oxford University and Leslie Mitchell Fellow of University College. He teaches and researches modern British history and the history of political thought. He is particularly interested in the role of ideas in political debate and public policy in the twentieth century and has written about topics such as the history of equality and inequality; the ideas of the free market right; and modern Scottish nationalism. He recently co-edited A Neoliberal Age? Britain Since the 1970s (UCL Press, 2021) and authored The Case for Scottish Independence: A History of Nationalist Political Thought in Modern Scotland (CUP, 2020). He is co-editor of the journal, The Political Quarterly.
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The Univ Seminar was formally known as the Annual Seminar. We have renamed this event as it will now take place bi-annually.
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