Date and Time

18th October 2017


TS Eliot Lecture Theatre, 1 Rose Ln, Oxford, OX1 4DT

In collaboration with Merton College, Oxford and TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities), the SHF organised a screening of Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary, I am Not Your Negro. It was followed by a panel discussion with artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien and writer Caryl Phillips, moderated by Professor Alison Donnell (University of East Anglia).

In his incendiary documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and a flood of rich archival material.

The film screening will be followed by a discussion with the award-winning artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien and writer Caryl Phillips, moderated by Professor Alison Donnell (University of East Anglia). Taking the film and James Baldwin’s work as a starting point, the speakers will discuss their work and the life of an intellectual dissident in relation to art, politics and activism.

The event is free of charge, but due to limited availability pre-booking is essential.


14:00   Screening of Raoul Peck’s film I am Not Your Negro

15:35   Break

16:00   Panel discussion with Isaac Julien and Caryl Phillips, chaired by Professor Alison Donnell

17:30   Drinks reception


Professor Alison Donnell is the Head of School of Literature, Creative Writing and Drama at the University of East Anglia. Prior to joining the University of East Anglia, Donnell was the Head of School of Literature and Languages at the University of Reading. Donnell has published widely on the Caribbean, diasporic and black British writings, including a book-length revision of literary history: Twentieth Century Caribbean Literature: Critical Moments in Anglophone Literary History (Routledge, 2006). She has been involved in a number of collaborative projects and publications with academics based in the West Indies, most recently co-editing The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature (Routledge, 2011).

Isaac Julien CBE is a leading international film and video artist, producing work for cinema, television and art galleries. Julien’s work incorporates a range of artistic disciplines, drawing from and commenting on film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting and sculpture, uniting them in dramatic audio visual film installations, photographic works, and documentary films. His film projects include Playtime (2014), Ten Thousand Waves (2010), and Western Union: Small Boats (2007).

Caryl Phillips is a Kittitian-British novelist, playwright and essayist, author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction including Dancing in the Dark, Crossing the River, and Color Me English. His novel A Distant Shore won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and his other awards include a Lannan Foundation Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and Britain’s oldest literary award the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

Merton College, Oxford