Re-Imagining Cole

Event Details

  • Event date: 20/10/2018 – 20/10/2018
  • Venue: Weston Library, Oxford

Blackoxford Untold Stories, in association with Bodleian Libraries, present a symposium examining the background, context and depictions of previously unseen caricatures of Christian Frederick Cole, Oxford University’s first Black African Scholar 1873, and the first Black African to practise Law in the English High Court 1884.

The symposium will explore why Cole and his historic achievements were only portrayed in the form of parodies, given Cole contemporaries were afforded the respect and visibility of their accomplishments commemorated through portraits or statues. The symposium will also examine the broader issues of race and representation in portrait art and caricatures.

The event will feature a panel discussion, including:

Dr Temi Odumosu (Malmo University) author of Africans in English Caricature, 1769-1819: Black Jokes, White Humour.

Dr Robin Darwall-Smith (University College, University of Oxford) author of A History of University College, Oxford.

Robert Taylor, photographer of ‘Portraits of Achievement’

Colin Harris, Superintendent of Bodleian Libraries Special Collections

Pamela Roberts, Founder and Director Black Oxford Untold Stories and author of The Untold Stories of Oxford University’s Black Scholars 

The event is supported by the Art Fund and the Social History Society.

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