Category Archives: Workshops & Events

Policing Black Bodies

“Policing Black Bodies”: a roundtable and discussion about police work and police reform in relation to race and racism in northern Ireland.

Date: 15 April 2024, 2-5pm
Location: Courtyard Room, Riddel Hall, Queen’s University, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast.

The roundtable includes the president and vice-president of the National Black Police Association, local activists and residents.

All welcome to attend and contribute to the discussion.

Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be served.

For more information, contact:

Black History Month 2023


Here is the program across the university, staff and student-led:

3 October 2023 – Black History Month Launch, 12:45pm on Teams

3 October 2023 – Black History Month Trivia Night, African Caribbean Society event, 8,30pm (details here)

10 October 2023 – Public Talk and Book Launch DIE STANDING with Elmer Dixon, Black Panther and Consultant, Senate Room, Lanyon Building, 5:30pm

12 October 2023 – Networking for Underrepresented Groups in STEM. African Caribbean Society with the Women in STEM Society (see ACS Instagram for more details)

18 October, Student-Organised Roundtable, at the Graduate School, Room TR7, 5,00-7,00pm

19 October 2023, Belfast Film Premiere: “On Resistance Street” Queen’s Film Theatre, 6:15pm

25 October – Mock United Nations and BHM night, with Africa House NI (see ACS Instagram for more details).

27 October – Closing BHM event (sponsored by iRISE)

                                 Queen’s Film Theatre BHM program ’23:

9 Oct, 8.30pm, “Queen & Slim”
Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith star as a couple on their first date who become fugitives after an altercation with the police. Free posters designed by Brazilian illustrator Daniel Batista for each attendee.

12 Oct, 8.45pm, “Omen”
A deserving winner of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard New Vision Award, rapper-turned-filmmaker Baloji’s magical realist drama is a dazzling debut.

13-15 Oct, “Bobi Wine: The People’s President
From the slums of Kampala to the national political arena, this gripping film charts the rise of Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine – the pop star-turned-politician seeking to end Uganda’s brutal dictatorship.

14 Oct, 3.15pm, “Claudine
In an attempt to counter the far-fetched excesses of the blaxploitation films at the time, Claudine focuses on the day to day struggles of a single black mother and her working class family.

17-19 Oct, “Once Upon a Time in Uganda
Set in the heart of Uganda, Once Upon a Time in Uganda celebrates a universal love and passion for movies through the story of the world-famous Wakaliwood studios.

19 Oct, 6.15pm, “On Resistance Street + Q&A”
With contributions from a host of renowned musicians, bands and commentators, On Resistance Street is an in-depth examination of the role music plays in the fight against fascism, racism and bigotry.

 The library is offering a trial of ProQuest Black Studies during the whole month (here)  

Some other events are still being organised and will be listed as they are confirmed. 

CFP: Conference on Africa in Ireland: Historical & Theoretical Perspectives 

Queen’s University Belfast, 28-29 April 2023

The International Consortium for the Study of Africans in Ireland(ICSAI) invites submissions of papers for an interdisciplinary conference on Africa in Ireland: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives

Conference program

The Gown (Belfast), 5 December 1958, p.7

This conference aims to address the historical presence of Africans and the Black diaspora in the past, present, and future on the island of Ireland. It will critically engage with this presence and the convergences of Irish-African cultural, political and religious relationships and connections. How does the presence of African-descended people in Ireland disrupt the notion of Irish monoraciality? How should we theoretically address issues of race in the defining of Irish national identity in light of historical and contemporary Black Irish identities? What is the nature of the relationship between Africa and the African Diaspora in Ireland? What remains of Ireland’s soft religious colonialism and the mission project? How did Ireland’s postcoloniality align with pre- and post-independence subjugated African nations?

Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland, North and South, offers great possibilities to study the “complex, variegated, transitional nature of contemporary Irish experience.” [1] However, whiteness is still the vector through which Irishness is determined. In Ireland, which Luke Gibbons so memorably called “a First World country, but with a Third World memory,” [2] the African and Black diaspora are confronted by an essentialist discourse of impassable racial demarcation. Though Ireland has never been monocultural, its predominant monoraciality ensures that Irishness is interpellated as white. The existence of whiteness is, as Connolly & Khaoury have argued, the “constitutive and founding elements [3] of Irishness, and this Irishness is “ethno-racially rigid” [4].

An additional way to explore and explode the monoraciality of Irish society is through history. Very few studies have looked at the presence of Africans and people of mixed heritage in Ireland, the common street view being that this is a phenomenon connected to the Celtic Tiger and/or post-conflict Northern Ireland, and in good part linked to the refugee question. There is little awareness that Ireland was never wholly white. While a few studies have looked at that past, much work remains to be done, a diachronic understanding and chronology need to be established, and implications need to be explored.

It is important to hear African and African-descent voices in this critical examination. In the study of Ireland’s Black identities and diaspora, as is the case in the rest of Europe, it is necessary to make explicit the authentic and historical specificities of their experiences since they serve to elucidate “global entanglements and trends by tracing the ways in which they are worked out at the personal and local level.” [5]

We are particularly interested in papers that interrogate the following topics within, or in relation to, the framework of the conference theme:

  • Black Irish Studies
  • Africa in Ireland
  • The relationship between Africa and the African Diaspora in Ireland
  • Ireland’s soft religious colonialism and the mission project
  • Ireland’s postcoloniality and alignment with pre- and post-colonial African nations
  • Notions of Blackness and Africanness
  • Irishness and Afro-Europeanism
  • History of African migrations to Ireland pre- and post- Celtic Tiger
  • The interaction of categories like nation, gender, class, and religion within the category of Africans in Ireland
  • How Black Irish have conceived themselves historically
  • Africans in Irish Studies within the larger field of Black Diasporic Culture/Diaspora Studies
  • Negotiating Black Consciousness in Ireland
  • Black Cultural Production on the island of Ireland
  • The relationships of the Black Irish to other ethnic minorities on the island
  • African students in Ireland
  • Centring Africa as a decolonised subject for investigation in the Irish curriculum

Please send your abstract of 300 words and a short biographical note to Dr Mark Doyle ( ) by 1 February 2023.

For general conference inquiries, contact Dr Nik Ribianszky ( or Dr Eric Morier-Genoud ( 

Conference Committee:
Dr. Mark Doyle, Middle Tennessee State University
Dr. Eric Morier-Genoud, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr. Phil Mullen, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Nik Ribianszky, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr. Jonathan Wright, Maynooth University

[1] Brown, Terence. 1985. Ireland. A social and cultural history 1922-1985. London: Fontana Press, p. 322.[2] Gibbons, Luke. 1996. Transformations in Irish Culture. Cork: Cork University Press, p. 3.[3] Connolly, P., & Khaoury, R. 2008. Whiteness, Racism and Exclusion: A Critical Race Perspective. In C. Coulter & M. Murray (Eds.), Northern Ireland After the Troubles: A Society in Transition. Manchester: Manchester University Press, p. 208.[4] Lentin, R, & Moreo, E. 2015. Migrant deportability: Israel and Ireland as case studies. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 386, 884–910.[5] Aitken, Robbie, & Rosenhaft, Eve. 2013. Black Germany: The Making and Unmaking of a Diaspora Community, 1884-1960. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, p. 3This conference is supported by the School of HAPP, the Institute of Irish Studies, iRISE and the Diversity and Inclusion Unit at Queen’s University Belfast.

Ireland and Missions

THURSDAY 12 September 2019

1,00pm. Welcome & Introduction

1,30pm Opening lecture I .
Andrew Holmes, “‘Where have the Protestants gone?’ The Irish Protestant missionary experience, 1790-1914.”

2.00pm – Panel One “Green and Orange”
Matteo Binasco, “Whenever Green is Worn: The Holy See and Irish Catholic Missionary Movement in the Nineteenth Century.” 
Declan O’Doherty & Aglaia de Angeli, “From novice in Newchwang to Minister in Manchuria. A discussion of the early experiences of the Presbyterian missionary Rev. Alexander Crawford in Manchuria, 1895-1913.”
Alannah Jeune, “Complexities of identity: Juvenile Mission literature in the Presbyterian Church of Ireland”

4.00pm – Opening lecture II .
Colin Barr,“The Children of the Household’: Irish Catholic Missionaries and Indigenous Populations in the Settler Empire, 1815-1914.”

4,30pm Reception  

FRIDAY 13 September 2019

9,30am – Panel Two “Great Works…”
Jamelyn B. Palattao, “James A. Greig of the Presbyterian Church of Ireland (PCI): Mission, Humanitarianism and Diplomacy in China.”
Eric Morier-Genoud, “Donal Lamont. A (northern) Irish Bishop in Africa?”  
Barry Sheppard, “‘The great cannot exist without the small; nor the small without the great.’ Catholic Action in Ireland and Abroad 1932-49.”

11-12,30 – Panel Three “Home and Abroad”
Sarah Roddy, “Temporary missionaries: or, how the ‘spiritual empire’ changed Catholic Ireland” 
Stuart Mathieson, “Irish Missions, Science, and Scripture in the Holy Land” 
Fiona Bateman, “Echoes of Irish history in Eastern Nigeria: Cultural loss and conflict”

12,30 Lunch

2, 00-3,30 – Penal Four “Exhibition, Text and Photographs”
Denis Linehan, “‘A Stuffed Gold Coast Monkey’: Exhibiting Irish-Africa in the Missionary Exhibitions in 20th Century Ireland.” 
Justin Livingstone, “Writing Mission: Empire, Decolonisation and the Qua Iboe” 
Fiona Loughnan, “The Album and the Archive: Migratory Photo-Objects and Irish Spiritan Missions in Kenya”

4,00pm Concluding remarks  

Full Programme – download here

Colloquium 2018

00001“African Studies in Ireland 2018”

In memoriam Professor Martin Lynn

Friday 25 May (1-6pm) – Saturday 26 May 2018 (9am-5pm)
Queen’s University Belfast, Senate Room


         FRIDAY 25 May 2018
Africa Day

1pm Welcome

Peter Gray, director of the Institute of Irish Studies
Eric Morier-Genoud, organiser

I. Africa, Ireland and Queen’s University, 1,30-3,00pm

  • Nini Rodgers (QUB) – “At Queens: African students, Martin Lynn and me, 1959-2005”.
  • Eric Morier-Genoud (QUB) – “Queen’s University and Africa, 1900s-1970s”.
  • Emmet O’Connor (Ulster) – “Belfast labour and ‘Chinese slavery’ in South Africa, 1904-47”.

         3,00-3,30pm coffee

II. History and Historiography of Africa, 3,30-5,00pm

  • Donal Lowry (Oxford) – “A mirror to Ireland’s face: colonial echoes and analogies in Rhodesia-Zimbabwe ca.1890-1990’.
  • Laura S. Brown (Maynooth) – “Class, culture and historiography in Egypt and the Sudan 1899-1956”.
  • Robert McNamara (Ulster) – “Pearls and perils in the documentary record”.

III. KEYNOTE, 5,00-6,00pm

  • Richard Rathbone (SOAS) – “Reading, thinking and writing about sources on the ending of colonial rule in West Africa”.


SATURDAY 26 May 2018

IV. Ireland, Africa and Art, 9,30- 11,00

  • Jonathan Wright (Maynooth) – “Agency and abolition: Africans in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Ulster”.
  • Fiona Loughnane (NCAD) – “A Shamrock-Shaped Image of Africa: The Photographic Encounters of Catholic Sisters in Uganda”.
  • Bill Hart (Ulster) – “The Afro-Portuguese Ivories, 1988-2018”.

V. Conflict resolution, Peacekeeping and Culture, 11,00-12,30

  • Tom Lodge (Limerick) – “Conflict-Resolution in Nigeria after the Biafran War”
  • Walt Kilroy (DCU) – “The impossible mandate? Protection of civilians by UN peacekeepers in Africa”.
  • Laura Basell (QUB) – “Shihrazad’s Baths: 1001 Tales of Zanzibar Nights”.

12,30-14,00 lunch

VI. Hunters and Music in West Africa, 14,00-15,00

  • Theodoris Konkouris (QUB) – “Heroes or Villains: The Social Status of Hunters & Their Musicians in Malian Imaginary: An Ethnographic Approach”.
  • Joseph Hellweg (Florida State) – “‘Playing the Hunters’ Qur’an’: Performing Islam and the Hunt in West Africa”.

VII. Contemporary African issues, 15,00-17,00

  • John Brewer (QUB) – “African Universities as agents of social change”.
  • Stefan Andreasson (QUB) – “The 21st Century transformation of global energy markets: impact of the US shale revolution on African oil and gas producing states”.
  • John J. Hogan (Limerick) – “Analysis of negotiations to design the African Peace and Security Architecture”.

Conclusion, 17,00-17,30

Free entry. Please register in advance (for catering purposes) on:

Workshop: “Sounding Violence in West Africa”

Dr Mohomodou Houssouba
Dr Mohomodou Houssouba

“Sounding violence. Music, Ritual &  Poetry in Contemporary West Africa”

Workshop organised by Dr Theodore Konkouris & Dr Eric Morier-Genoud, Queen’s University Belfast, 27 October 2017


Session I. Ambiguity, Aggression and Presentation in Hunters’ Brotherhoods
(Chair: Dr Eric Morier-Genoud)
10:00-11:00 Dr. Theodore Konkouris (QUB)
“I am sorry that we made you bleed”: Locality and Apprenticeship among the Mande Hunters in Mali’

11:00-12:00 Dr. Lorenzo Ferrarini (Manchester)
‘Re-sounding hierarchies: music, visual display and aggression at donso hunter gatherings in Burkina Faso’

Session II: Poetry and Conflict
(Chair: Dr. Theodore Konkouris)
13:00-14:00 Dr. Mohomodou Houssouba (University of Basel)
‘Conflict in writing: the poetics of lyrics in Songhoy Blues’

14:00-16:30 FILM projection: ‘They will have to kill us first’ (2015, 1h 45m)
Introduction by Dr Alexander Fisher


History of Africans in NI

WORKSHOP, Queen’s University Belfast

Auditorium, McClay Library, 17 June 2017, 1pm-5p

History: “History of Africans in Northern Ireland”, 1pm

Bill Hart (Ulster University), “Africans in 18th and 19th C. Northern Ireland”

Philippa Robinson, “The Irishman from West Africa. Dr Armattoe in Derry, 1938-50”

Eric Morier-Genoud (Queen’s University), “Africans at Queen’s University, 1942-68”

Rountable: “The Black Children of Ulster”, 3pm

Tim Brannigan, author of “Where are you really from?” (2010)

Annie Yellowe Palma, author of “For the Love of a mother” (2017)

Book launch, 4,30pm

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Please register (free) for catering purposes on:

All welcome. Tea and coffee served between the panels.

With the support of the School of History, Anthropology, Politics & Philosophy

Workshop “Africa in Ireland / Ireland in Africa”

11 May 2017, Trinity College, Dublin

Ireland in Africa2017

 1.     Africans in Ireland      

 09.30.   Bill Hart (Ulster University):   ‘American sources for a black presence in nineteenth-century Ireland’

 09.50. Eric Morier-Genoud (Queen’s University Belfast):  ‘Cosmopolitan Belfast? Africans and Africa at Queen’s University, 1941-1971’

10.10.  Abel Ugba (University of East London):  ‘Identity, belonging and media use by Irish Africans’

2.  African Studies in Ireland [A]

11.15.  Laura Brown (Maynooth University): ‘“They were a greasy, downtrodden lot”: Egypt and the perception of Egyptians in Anglo-Egyptian Sudan 1899-1956’

11.35.  Roger Boulter:  ‘Target Pretoria – Dieter Gerhardt and the Soviet penetration of the South African Defence Force’

11.55. Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses (Maynooth University),  ‘From metropolitan revolution to colonial exodus:  The fall of Portuguese Angola, 1974-5’

3.  African Studies in Ireland [B]

13.45.   Michelle D’Arcy (Trinity College Dublin): ‘The historical antecedents and contemporary political impact of devolution in Kenya’

14.05. Padraig Carmody (Trinity College Dublin):The geopolitics and economics of BRICS resource and market access in Southern Africa’

4. The Irish and Africa: Connections and reflections

14.45.  David Dickson (Trinity College Dublin): ‘The missionary motorist: Thomas Gavan Duffy’s Africa crossing, 1927-8’

15.05. Ailish Veale (Trinity College Dublin): ‘Irish Catholic medical missionaries in the development era’

15.25.  Kevin O’Sullivan (NUI Galway): ‘Lessons from Biafra’

15.40.  Tom Lodge (University of Limerick): The Irish Anti-Apartheid movement’

5. Keynote paper

16.30.   Donal McCracken (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban):  ‘The retreat down Africa. The Irish in Africa – Colonial running dogs or harbingers of change?’