In Conversation: Michael Jackson: They Don’t Care About Us

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7 September 2018, 18:30

Room 20

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Michael Jackson dancing on light box
An illuminating Path, 1998 by David LaChapelle. Courtesy of the artist. © David LaChapelle

Dr Christine Checinska leads a panel discussion exploring the impact of Michael Jackson’s style and image on black culture, considering dance, performance and fashion with Professor Carol Tulloch, Professor Shirley Tate, Dr Michael McMillan and Dr Denise Noble.

Dr Christine Checinska’s creative practice as an artist/writer/curator examines the relationship between cloth, culture and race. The cultural exchanges that occur as a result of movement and migration, creating creolised cultural forms, are her recurring themes. In 2016, she delivered the TEDxTalk Disobedient Dress: Fashion as Everyday Activism and installed her solo exhibition The Arrivants at the FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg. Her publications include ‘Crafting Difference: Art, Cloth and the African Diasporas’in Cultural Threads: Transnational Textiles Today, edited by Jessica Hemmings (Bloomsbury Publications, 2015). She is also the guest editor of the African Diasporas special issue of Textile: Journal of Cloth and Culture (Taylor and Francis, 2018). She is currently an Associate Researcher at VIAD, (Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre), University of Johannesburg.

Carol Tulloch is Professor of Dress, Diaspora and Transnationalism at the University of the Arts London, where she is based at Chelsea College of Arts. She is also a member of the Transnational Arts, Identity and Nation Research Centre (TrAIN) and the Chelsea/V&A Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum. A curator and writer who explores dress and black identities, style narratives, making, cross cultural and transnational relations, auto/biography and personal archives in works that include A Riot of Our Own: A Reflection on Agency (2014), ‘Style-Fashion-Dress: From Black to Post-black’ (2010), Black British Style (co-curator 2004).

As a Cultural Sociologist at Leeds Beckett University, Professor Shirley Tate is a qualitative researcher interested in intersectional thinking. In her writing, research and teaching she draws on Black feminist, gender, critical ‘race’, queer, post-colonial and Caribbean decolonial theory within her overall focus on Black Atlantic diaspora studies and emerging identifications. Her publications include The Governmentality of Black Beauty Shame: Discourse, Iconicity and Resistance, (Palgrave, 2017), Black Beauty: Aesthetics, Stylization, Politics, (Palgrave 2012), and Skin Bleaching in Black Atlantic Zones: Shade Shifters, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Dr Michael McMillan is a London based writer, playwright, artist/curator and scholar of Vincentian migrant heritage. His curatorial work includes: The West Indian Front Room (2005-06), and recently: No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990 (2015-16). He has an Arts Doctorate (Middlesex Univ. 2010), is Assoc. Lecturer in Cultural Studies (London College of Fashion, Univ. of the Arts London), and Research Associate (Visual Identities in Art & Design Research Centre, Univ. of Johannesburg).

Dr Denise Noble was born and raised in London of Jamaican parents. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Birmingham City University. Prior to that and from 2010 she was an Assistant Professor of African American and African Studies at the Ohio State University, following several years of teaching Sociology, Media and Cultural Studies at a number of London universities. Denise Noble’s current book project Feminizing Freedom: A Caribbean Genealogy (Palgrave McMillan – forthcoming) is a social and cultural history of the British Black-Caribbean woman as a subject of British liberal rule and freedom from emancipation in 1838 to the present.

Part of the programme of events complementing Michael Jackson: On the Wall.

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