JMS Annual Conference 2023

We are excited to announce that the inaugural James McCune Smith (JMS) Annual Conference will take place on 7-8 June 2023 at the University of Glasgow.

The conference will be a high-profile event chaired by the JMS scholars and featuring inspiring speakers from the Black community, as well as providing an important opportunity for the scholars to share their work. It will run over two days with Day Two following an 'unconference' format to challenge traditional ways of presenting work and ideas in academia. This will be delivered in collaboration with the Beniba Centre for Slavery Studies. Also, at the conference, the new JMS Network which invites Black UK/international speakers to discuss their work with scholars/academics will be launched. The conference will be opened by the Director of the Beniba Centre, Dr Peggy Brunache. 

The conference seeks to provide a much-needed platform for Black academics in the UK to address and highlight their distinct experiences in navigating higher education in the UK, considering their particular positionalities, and research backgrounds. While there has been a great deal of progress in academia, Black scholars remain overwhelmingly underrepresented across the board in higher education in the UK. As early career Black scholars, the aim of this conference is to have conversations with already established speakers through their presentations, to have a better idea on how to navigate these spaces, and how to implement lasting changes.   



Day 1: Wednesday 7 June

0930 Registration
1000 Welcome address - Dr Peggy Brunache
1015  Guest speaker: Dr Addy Adelaine
1045  JMS Scholar presentations 
1105  Break 
1125  Guest speaker:Dr Maria Augusta Arruda
1155  JMS Scholar presentations 
1215  Guest speaker: Dr Mykaell Riley 
1245 Lunch and Posters
1345 JMS Scholar presentations
1400  Guest speaker: Professor Richard Oreffo 
1430 Break
1450 JMS Scholar presentations
1510  Guest speaker: Dr Ruby Zelzer 
1540 Break
1600 Guest speaker: Dr Shantel George
1630 Intro to JMS Network
1635 Panel event
1735 Drinks reception and buffet



Day 2: Thursday 8 June

1000 Registration and coffee
1030 Welcome address: Sir Geoff Palmer
1045 Activity 1: The Black British experience through music
1115 Activity 2: Engaging with the natural environment
1200 Break
1220 Activity 3: Vodou drumming ceremony
1320 Picnic lunch
1420 Activity 4: Fashion: Obaa Sima Dress
1500 Activity 5: Soil Science
1520 Activity 6: The Science of Sound
1540 Closing Address: Dr Dwayne Spiteri



JMS Scholar poster presentations