As part of the events connected to James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin, the British Library will be hosting a one-day symposium: ‘Revisiting the Black Parisian Moment: transnational black military, musical and intellectual histories, 1918-19’.
Explore the connections between Black intellectual thought, military presence, and jazz cultures at the critical juncture of Paris in the immediate post-war period. Learn how pan-Africanism, Black nationalism, anti-colonialism and civil rights became embedded in post-war culture, and find out how jazz speaks to otherwise overlooked Black histories.
This symposium takes an interdisciplinary approach to reconsider the overlaps taking place in wartime Europe, through the crystalising lens of Paris in the immediate post-war period. It also asks what these histories have meant for future generations of black activists and cultural producers.
The event is now live on the British Library website, booking opens to members on the 3 September and the general public on 10 September. Entry is £20 with concessions available, and this also guarantees entry to the evening event with Jason Moran.
See the full ‘Call for Papers‘ for more details.