Through an exhibition – the first presentation in the UK of Human Zoos: The Invention of the Savage – and related activities (films, talks and discussions), audiences will be invited to explore the global presence of human zoos in both national and international frames, but also to understand how the origins of prejudice today may be found in these practices of representation.
The human zoo is the display of one group of people by another, for the purposes of entertainment, education or propaganda. Although particularly prevalent in the later nineteenth and earlier twentieth century, the phenomenon has a much longer history and arguably persists today in a variety of display practices in contemporary media and culture.
Human Zoos: The Invention of the Savage Exhibition, KUUMBA IMANI MILLENNIUM CENTRE
17-25 November 9am - 5pm Mon - Fri (no booking necessary)
‘HUMAN ZOOS’, PAST AND PRESENT: A ROUND TABLE - KUUMBA IMANI MILLENNIUM CENTRE
21 November 2016, 17h00-19h00 Booking required
Charles Forsdick (Liverpool), Sandrine Lemaire (ACHAC, France), Shahmima Akhtar (Birmingham), Lara Atkin (QMUL)
‘HUMAN ZOOS’: DOCUMENTARY SCREENING AND PANEL DISCUSSION - SOTA Library, 19 Abercromby Square, University of Liverpool
22 November 2016, 15h00-17h00 Booking required
Charles Forsdick (Liverpool), Shahmima Akhtar (Birmingham), Lara Atkin (QMUL)
DISPLAYING HUMANS: HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES - Anthony Walker Education Centre, International Slavery Museum
23 November 2016, 15h00-16h30 Booking required
Shahmima Akhtar (Birmingham), Lara Atkin (QMUL), Stephen Kenny (Liverpool), Emily Trafford (Manchester), Karen Salt (Nottingham)
These events are part of the Being Human festival - the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. As our festival events are free, not everyone who asks for tickets come to our events. To make sure we have a full house, we allocate more tickets than there are seats. We do our best to get the numbers right, but unfortunately we occasionally have to disappoint people. Admission is on a first-come-first-served basis, so please arrive in good time for the start of the event.