Black mixed-race Birmingham in perspective: ‘Making Mixed Race'
Black mixed-race Birmingham in perspective: ‘Making Mixed Race' Jan 19

Black mixed-race Birmingham in perspective: ‘Making Mixed Race'

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A book launch event with author Dr Karis Campion and Dr Lisa Palmer, Stephen Lawrence Research Centre

This event is organised by the Midlands Art Centre (MAC) and The Stephen Lawrence Research Centre (SLRC), De Montfort University.

Join the author of 'Making Mixed Race: A Study of Time, Place and Identity' Dr Karis Campion, and the Deputy Director of the SLRC, Dr Lisa Palmer, to discuss some of the findings of the book that relate to Black (mixed-race) histories and identities in Birmingham.

Making Mixed Race centres around the life histories of 37 people of Mixed White and Black Caribbean heritage born between 1959 and 1994, in Britain’s second-largest city, Birmingham. The intimate life portraits of mixed identity reveal how colourism, family, school, gender, whiteness, racism, and resistance, have been experienced against the backdrop of post-war immigration, Thatcherism, the ascendency of Black diasporic youth cultures, and contemporary post-race discourses.

The coming-of-age stories in the book provide rich insight into the social and political forces that have shaped where the possibilities for racial mixing occurred in the city. Situated in Handsworth, Lee Bank, Sparkbrook, Selly Oak, Moseley, Northfield and Balsall Heath, to name a few, the stories in the book provide a comprehensive overview of Black mixed-race lives in the city and the localised nature of identity.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

About the speakers:

Dr Karis Campion is a Legacy in Action Research Fellow at the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre. Her current research focuses on barbershops and examines their function as counter-hegemonic spaces and key social institutions for Black communities in Britain. Her research interests span areas of (mixed) race/ethnic identity, geographies of race in urban space, intersectional inequalities, Black feminism, youth identities, anti-racism and institutional racism in education. Outside of academia she is a school governor and serves on the voluntary management committee of an adventure playground in Brixton, London.

Dr Lisa Amanda Palmer is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester. Lisa is a qualified librarian and previously worked for Birmingham Libraries and Archive Services for many years. Her writing covers a broad spectrum of fields including the gendered politics of lovers’ rock music, the production of local community archives and knowledge production, and the misogynoir faced by Black women in British public life. She is the co-author of the book Blackness in Britain (2016) and is currently writing her book on Black women in the UK’s lover’s rock reggae scene.

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If you or anyone in your household has experienced symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days, please do not attend this event. For more information on the actions MAC are taking to keep attendees safe:

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Please note that photographs will be taken at this event.

These will mainly be of the author, interviewer, general room photographs and not specific audience members. The photography from this event may be used for Stephen Lawrence Research Centre (SLRC) literature e.g. annual report and the events section of the SLRC website at

By attending the event you accept this, however please do let the organiser know if you do not wish to be photographed.

19-Jan-2022 - 18:00 Start date
19-Jan-2022 - 20:00 End date
Canon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH
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