Black History Month
“Black History Month takes place every October and we are proud to be supporting it. We want USW to be an inclusive community - one where everyone is welcomed and is valued.
"Black History Month is an opportunity to recognise the heritage and culture, contribution and achievements of our Black and Black heritage students, colleagues, alumni, and our wider USW community.
"It is also an opportunity to discuss the ways that we can all gain a greater knowledge and understanding in order to foster at USW an inclusive and anti-racist environment.”
Vida Greaux, Chair of the BME Staff Network and William Callaway, Chair of the Equality and Diversity Steering Group
Research at USW
Work by USW historian Professor Chris Evans on the suppressed history of Wales and Atlantic slavery is affecting the ways in which public bodies and creative artists handle a difficult, contested past. Evans is interested in the relationship between Atlantic slavery and industrial development in Europe, with a particular focus on Welsh industry. His book Slave Wales:
The Welsh and Atlantic Slavery, 1660-1850 (2010) revealed for the first time the significance of Welsh woollens in the slave Atlantic between the 1680s and the 1840s. Using material in British and US archives, Evans was able to demonstrate how Welsh fabric was (i) traded for captives on the Guinea coast, and (ii), more importantly, sold in large volumes to planters in the Caribbean and North America. Here, marketed as “Negro Cloth”, Welsh woollens were used to clothe enslaved workers.
USW Research Impact | Wales and Atlantic Slavery: Redressing Historical Amnesia
Florence Ayisi, an award-winning and Oscar-nominated filmmaker from University of South Wales (USW) is leading the way in making an impact through film.
Florence Ayisi is Professor of International Documentary Film at USW where she teaches documentary film and engages in research through film. Her films have won numerous prestigious international awards and are screened all over the world.
Professor Florence Ayisi started making films as a way of shining a spotlight on stories from her home country of Cameroon, challenging stereotypes and decolonising ideas about Africa by focusing on the positives to bring fresh perspectives and changes in societal attitudes.
Her latest film, the multi-award winning ‘The Bronze Men of Cameroon’ is an intimate portrait of a community of bronze artisans in Foumban, the ‘City of Arts’.