75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIFTH PAN-AFRICAN CONGRESS (OCTOBER 15TH-18TH 2020)
PAC@75 was an exciting four-day celebration, marking the 75th anniversary of the Fifth Pan-African Congress.
This tripartite university initiative comprised a series of creative and academic events. The celebrations were curated by Prof Ola Uduku (MMU) with the support of colleagues and students across MMU, the University of Salford and the University of Manchester, and in collaboration with Big People Music, local creatives and members of the public. Together we commemorated the landmark conference of October 1945 that was held at Chorlton-on-Medlock Town Hall (now part of the MMU Arts and Humanities Building). PAC@75 celebrates Greater Manchester’s diversity, its impact on global history, and explores how this history relates to today's contemporary challenges in the face of modern racism and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Events featured high-profile international academics, journalists and authors such as Kwame Anthony Appiah, Lemn Sissay, Afua Hirsch, David Olusoga, Ray Costello, Gary Younge, Farida Vis, Hakim Adi, Alex Wheatle, Malika Booker, Jackie Kay, Carol Ann Duffy and Anjum Malik amongst many others, as well as students and young people who represent the next generation of leaders.
The network aims to support knowledge exchange and networking amongst scholars and other individuals and groups working on postcolonial topics in the North of the UK. It provides a forum through which an investigation of the transnational flow of people, narratives and ideas to and from the North, and the impact of this on textual and cultural representation, can take place.