African History Project - Black Man on Computer (2) copy Department of
Black Political Thought and Culture
Explore Black narratives, on the continent and in diaspora


The AHP’s Department of Black Political Thought and Culture teaches and conducts research on all aspects of Black intellectual history in Africa, the Caribbean and North America from antiquity to the present day. It also teaches and conducts research into Black cultural history with a focus on political expression through the literature, music, art and fashion of the 20th century. 

Public Lectures

Tuesday 10 August 2021 | Revolutionary Gospel – A Political History of Haitian Vodou

October 2021 | Politics in the Poetics of Black Music

African History Project - Black Americans Foundation Certificate in
Black Political Thought and Culture
The Foundation Certificate in Black Political Thought and Culture is aimed at students with an interest in the theory, history and real world manifestations of political ideas within the Black experience. FIND OUT MORE

Foundation Certificate in Black Political Thought and Culture

Application Status: opening 1 June 2021

Duration: 1 year part-time

Fees: £899

Course Aims

This course aims to give students an overview of the development of Black political thought and culture, with a particular focus on the developments of the 19th and 20th centuries, allowing students to map the ideas that have propelled the global Black experience from Antiquity to today. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students should understand:

  • the development of indigenous African concepts of the state and the citizen, and the relationships that bind the two;
  • how Black communities have responded to the dislocations of the slave trade, colonialism and racial injustice on the continent and in diaspora;
  • the growth of Black and African iterations of nationalism and Pan-Africanism, and the relationship between the two;
  • the political foundations of the new African republics of the 20th century;
  • how literary and wider cultural movements sought to manifest liberation ideologies in the first and second halves of the 20th century. 


Applications close for our Summer Fellowship 2021

on Black Consciousness by Apeike Umolu

Launch of our Foundation Certificate in Teaching Black History in Schools 

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