A List of Resources on Racial Justice in the Romantic Period and Beyond

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This list, produced by the BARS Executive Committee, will share potential resources for anti-racist teaching and research in Romantic period studies. It is by no means complete or comprehensive, and the main priority in producing this blog post is to invite members, friends and followers of BARS to send us their suggestions for further items we can also help to promote and share. To do so, please contact Anna Mercer (BARS Communications Officer).

Thank you. 

You can read about the actions the BARS President and Executive will be taking to support BAME members, colleagues and researchers in our statement of 12 June 2020.

Black Lives Matter. 

Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Studies

ASECS: Resources for Teaching Anti-Racism and Eighteenth-Century Studies

Bigger6 Collective. ‘Formed in 2017 to challenge structural racism in the academic study of Romanticism. We are literary and cultural critics whose commitment to antiracist and anticolonial politics grounds our study of the global 18th and 19th centuries and their long (after)lives.’ Also their resource list.

BAVS: Black Lives Matter, Starting Points for the Victorianist

The History of Slavery and Black Lives Matter: A List of Resources from The International Slavery Museum 

Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade via Bristol Museums

British Library Learning: The Campaign for Abolition 

Resources on Slavery, Abolition, and Emancipation via Brycchan Carey

P. Gabrielle Foreman, et al. ‘Writing about Slavery/Teaching About Slavery: This Might Help’, a community-sourced document 

Slavery in the National Archives

Wilberforce House Museum 

‘The Interesting Narrative by Olaudah Equiano’, via University of Oxford Faculty of English 

K-SAA Anti-Racism Roundtable Part 1 & Part 2

K-SAA ‘Rethinking Romanticism’ Blog Series 

‘Race, Pedagogy, and Whiteness in the Long 18c: A Teach-In’, a write up on the K-SAA Blog 

K-SAA Uncovering the Archive – Phillis Wheatley Collection, 1757-1773, Emory University 

Patricia A. Matthew, ‘Shondaland’s Regency: On “Bridgerton”’ 

Amanda-Rae Prescott ‘From Bridgerton to Sanditon – Putting Island Queen in a Period Drama Context’ 

The Congress of Vienna and abolition of the slave trade 

Black Studies & Romanticism: A Virtual Conference, and report by Stacy A Creech

The Colston Statue: tickets and virtual exhibition, M Shed, Bristol Museums 

Review of The Woman of Colour Broadview edition, Romantic Circles 

Video of Anti-Racist Pedagogies for 18th and 19th- Century Studies, Dr Kerry Sinanan & Prof. Kirsten T. Saxton 
In collaboration with the Department of English, UTSA, Mills College Center For Faculty Excellence, and the Early Caribbean Society, 2021

Articles on Academia/Publishing

‘Antiracism in the Contemporary University’, LA Review of Books 

Institutionalised racism: A Syllabus via JSTOR. How can we help students understand George Floyd’s death in the context of institutionalized racism? 

‘A case to answer’: ‘This Black Lives Matter moment is a chance for universities to change’ – by Valerie Amos

‘It’s time to End the Publishing Gatekeeping’: A letter from the RaceB4Race Executive Board 

‘White Academia: Do Better’ by Jasmine Roberts 

‘What Anti-racist Teachers Do Differently’ by Pirette McKamey 


The National Memorial Family Fund is the first permanent national resource of its kind specifically for those that are affected by deaths in custody. 

The History of Racial Justice and Structural Racism

‘Looking back; Moving Forwards: The History of Black Lives Matter’ Podcast via the University of Oxford 

‘Black Lives Matter: how the UK movement struggled to be heard in the 2010s’, The Conversation 

Black Cultural Archives 

Anti-slavery International 

‘Britain is not America. But we too are disfigured by deep and pervasive racism’, and other articles by historian and broadcaster David Olusoga – also, series on BBC, ‘Black and British: A Forgotten History’ 

Reading for Racial Justice. The University of Minnesota Press is committed to challenging white supremacy, police violence, and unequal access to criminal justice, education, and resources in Minnesota, the United States, and throughout the world. To promote understanding and action for change, this collection of antiracist books is available to all to read online for free through August 31, 2020

MUSE: Confronting Structural Racism. A selection of temporarily free scholarship from Project MUSE publishers on the history of structural racism in the United States and how the country can realize anti-racist reform

‘Juneteenth And National New Beginnings’ by Tera W. Hunter 

‘The Black Women Who Paved the Way for this Moment’ by Keisha N. Blain 

‘Reading towards Abolition: A Reading List on Policing, Rebellion, and the Criminalization of Blackness’, compiled by the Abusable Past Collective 

‘We can’t breathe’: ‘What connects the most brazen forms of state violence against black people and the struggles of BAME coronavirus patients is systematic racism’ by Gary Younge

@Bigger6Romantix – scholarly work and conversations committed to antiracist and anticolonial r/Romanticism(s) – also see the hashtag #Bigger6

@museum_detox – network for museum and gallery workers who identify as of colour.