The IHR’s annual Historical Research lecture was given, in 2019, by Dr Rob Waters at Queen Mary, University of London.

Rob’s lecture — ‘Time come’. Britain’s black futures past — considered the sense of impending change in black political cultures of the long 1970s, and explored how black politics worked to carve out new historical subjects.

The lecture was followed by a conversation with Dr Kennetta Hammond Perry, director of the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre at De Montfort University.

Rob’s lecture is now published in the IHR’s journal, Historical Research. In addition to Rob’s article, the November 2019 issue of the journal includes a response and commentary from Kennetta:

Image shows the march, on 2 March 1981, of the Black People’s Day of Action which followed the New Cross fire on 18 January, in which 13 young people were killed.

Both are available free, thanks to the generosity of Wiley who have also supported the IHR’s annual Historical Research lecture, 2014-19. Rob and Kennetta’s articles will remain available until 31 December 2019.

Dr Rob Waters is Lecturer in Modern British History at Queen Mary, University of London. Rob joined the School of History at Queen Mary in September 2019 and holds a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship until the end of December 2019. Rob’s book, Thinking Black: Britain, 1964-1985 was published by University of California Press in 2018.

Dr Kennetta Hammond Perry is director of the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre and Reader in History at De Montfort University.

Her recent publications include London Is The Place For Me: Black Britons, Citizenship and the Politics of Race (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Historical Research is the IHR’s journal which is published four times a year.

Since 1923, Historical Research has been a leading mainstream British historical journal. Its articles cover a wide geographical and temporal span: from Britain to the Far East; from the early middle ages to the twentieth century. It encourages the submission of articles from a broad variety of approaches, including social, political, urban, intellectual and cultural history.

Between 2014 and 2019 Historical Research has been published by Wiley. From January 2020 the journal will be published by Oxford University Press.