Of crossed arms and the mortar board

By Dr Shawn Sobers, 20.7.2017 Associate Professor – Lens Based Media, University of the West of England, Bristol Twitter @shawnsobers   Graduation season this year for me coincided with funeral season for my family. Last Friday, in the morning I was giving out certificates celebrating the achievements of children I did not know for a

Speech given at the opening of the Roots photography exhibition at Tafari Gallery, Fairfield House, Bath – 3rd January 2015.

Greetings in the name of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I and Her Imperial Majesty Empress Menen Asfaw. Welcome to friends and visitors to Fairfield House, whichever mansion, community or identity you represent, or however you came to be here today.   You are all welcome.  Give thanks. My name is Shawn Naphtali Sobers –

Unexpected ray of sunshine one rainy morning

Due to a recent car crash I’ve had to resort to walking and/or taking the bus to work, which is a huge novelty for me.  I text my good friend from the buses I catch in an exaggerated mock miserable Victor Meldrew character voice, complaining about the germ filled steamed up windows and the general inconvenience

Chapter in new book ‘Slavery and the British Country House’

Proud to see this book arrive, ‘Slavery and the British Country House’, published by English Heritage, which includes a chapter by me and Rob Mitchell. Book edited by Madge Dresser. The book is full of insights into how the finances from the slave trade built the aristocracy and the legacies still visible in the British landscape. Link

40th anniversary of Hip Hop culture

40th anniversary of Hip Hop culture today, which gave birth to MCing, break dancing (and related dance styles) and graffiti art. It’s been quite a journey so far, containing the good, the bad and the ugly. Hip Hop gave me my first independent moment(s) of constructive focus as a teenager, inspiring me to be creative.