Dr Poonam Madar from the School of Law and Criminology presented a research paper at a recent conference about racial identity and resilience among Black British men.
Hosted by the University of West Indies, delegates from around the world attended the three day conference to commemorate the intellectual legacy of one of Britain’s leading cultural theorists, Professor Stuart Hall (Fellow of the British Academy).
The conference attracted academics, scholars, and those from the creative arts industries; thus building on Hall’s ground-breaking interdisciplinary contributions.
Drawing on the influences of Hall, Dr Madar presented her (ESRC funded) research findings; in which she explained the ways in which institutions like the mainstream media often misrepresent black males. She further highlighted that in response to these misrepresentations, black men engage in both subtle and fluid acts of resistance which has important consequences in the development of the masculine self. This invites us to consider, more deeply, about the roles of resilience amid ambivalence in the construction of identities.
Following her presentation which was warmly received, Dr Madar is developing ways in which to implement images as a way of disseminating her research findings. Her work advocates the use of visual imagery as an important aspect of the research process in an increasingly visual world.
See Poonam’s UWL staff profile.