Online Resource: Black Atlantic Website and Blog
January 13, 2012 § Leave a Comment
An Interactive Resource Promoting the Study of Black Atlantic Cultures
The Black Atlantic Resource is a website and blog, currently in the process of development, which already offers researchers multiple points of access to resources relating to the study of the Black Atlantic art and culture. The resource is being developed by jointly by Tate Liverpool and the University of Liverpool and draws on Tate Liverpool’s 2010 exhibition Afromodern: Journeys Through the Black Atlantic. The website states that the “model of study which the Black Atlantic Resource seeks to promote was inspired by Paul Gilroy’s seminal book The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness. Gilroy used the term ‘The Black Atlantic’ to describe the transmission of black cultures around the Atlantic, and the instances of cultural hybridity, that occurred as a result of transatlantic slavery and its legacy. We therefore seek to promote the exploration of ideas, peoples and networks, real and imagined journeys taken across the Atlantic, which were and are ‘in motion across the spaces between Europe, North and South America, Africa, and the Caribbean’, the societies from which they originated, those which they impacted upon, and those which they contributed to creating.” At present, the Black Atlantic Resource offers information to researchers on the exchange of ideas, provides a starting point for further study, and offers access to in-depth information, recent research, and upcoming events related to the study of the Black Atlantic. It also provides an ever-growing database of key figures.