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Black History Season presents: Dr Christopher Roy Zembe

Hugh Aston Building
10/10/2017 (17:30-20:00)

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Black History Season presents: Quest for a Cohesive Diaspora African Community: Reliving Historic Experiences by Black Zimbabweans in Britain

As part of DMU’s Black History Season and in conjunction with our History Department this lecture by Dr Chris Zembe will use Zimbabweans as a case study to discuss a critical narrative on why Black Africans in the diaspora (from the same nation-state) should not always be treated as a product of fixed essence, but a creation of historical processes that can be traced back to pre-colonial era.

To understand the impact of historic homeland influences on the Zimbabwean Diaspora Black community this lecture will cover two themes. First, it will examine the emergence of ethnic particularism, during the three phases of Zimbabwe’s history: pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial. The second theme explores how the reinvention and reinforcement of imported ethnic allegiances and prejudices impacted on interactions within the Black Zimbabwean Diaspora community.

This lecture will explore the influence of historical variables within the Zimbabwean Black community in Britain and illustrate why African Diasporas should not be understood as a monolithic community with shared or similar historical experiences. 

The evening will begin with refreshments from 5:30pm, with the talk beginning at 6pm. A drinks reception and canapes will be available following the event.

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