As part of Black History Month, French at Stirling’s David Murphy organised a series of events and film screenings in October to mark the 50th anniversary of the First World Festival of Negro Arts, held in Dakar in April 1966. These events emerged from research for his recently published book, The First World Festival of Negro Arts, Dakar 1966: context and legacies.
On 14 October, at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, there were screenings of two documentary films on the 1966 festival, followed by a panel discussion, ‘Dakar 66: Fifty years on’. Later in October, he was involved in more screenings/events as part of the 2016 Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival. On 28 October, he gave a talk on the 1966 festival at a symposium, ‘Havana-Dakar 1966: Capitals of an artistic and political revolution’, at the University of Edinburgh, and held a Q&A after screenings of two documentary films. Then, on 30 October, David introduced documentaries on the ‘Zaïre 74’ Festival (held in conjunction with the famous ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ fight between Ali and Foreman) and the 1966 festival, as part of another AiM screening. Finally, from 8-10 November, David was in in Dakar, Senegal, where he had been invited to speak at a conference to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the festival. The event featured academic papers and personal testimony from participants in the festival, and it received wide local media coverage. While in Dakar, David carried out further research on the 1966 festival, including filmed interviews with participants from the 1966 event.
Having just returned from a workshop at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, French at Stirling’s David Murphy is off to Senegal where he has been invited to speak about his research on the 1966 World Festival of Negro Arts at the Dak’art Biennale (3-21 May). He will be presenting two documentary films on the festival and leading a workshop as part of the programme run by Suba arts magazine. You can read more about David’s work on the 1966 Festival in his article in The Conversation here.
Anyone with an interest in French postcolonial studies or African arts festivals (and Senegal in particular) should have a look at David Murphy’s new article, published by The Conversation: ‘The first black arts festival was shaped by Cold War politics.’
David Murphy has been invited to give a paper on Lamine Senghor for this year’s prestigious Rendez-vous de l’Histoire de Blois, the theme for which in 2014 is ‘Rebelles’. David’s paper will be part of a round-table entitled ‘Rebelles contre l’ordre colonial’ and will then form the basis of a paper to be published in a special issue of the French history journal Histoire. The full programme for this year’s Rendez-vous can be found here. David’s critical edition of Senghor’s La Violation d’un pays et autres écrits colonialistes was published by L’Harmattan in 2012.
If you’re interested in sport and identity in the French and Francophone context, check out David Murphy’s new article in a special issue of French Cultural Studies dedicated to ‘Sport, Media and Identity in France and the Francophone World’, edited by Hugh Dauncey, Jonathan Ervine and Cathal Kilcline.
David’s article is on ‘Sport, culture and the media at the Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres de Dakar (2010): Sport and the democratisation of culture or sport as populism?’
David has also just given a paper on ‘Race and the Legacy of the First World War in French Anti-Colonial Politics of the 1920s’ at the University of Chester’s conference on Minorities and the First World War.