Caroline Bressey

Academic and curator

Caroline Bressey is a lecturer in the Department of Geography, UCL and is founder and Director of The Equiano Centre, UCL. Her research focuses upon recovering the historical geographies of the black community in Victorian Britain, especially London. Parallel to this are her interests in ideas of race, racism, early anti-racist theory and identity in Victorian society. A large part of her research uses photography and this interest led her to collaborate with the National Portrait Gallery, London, on the representation of black and Asian people in their collections. She has worked as a curator with the National Portrait Gallery and Museum in Docklands and is co-curator of the 2014-2015 Tate Britain exhibition ‘Spaces of Black Modernism: London 1919–39‘ (co-curated with Gemma Romain, Emma Chambers and Inga Fraser). Her book on Empire, Race and the Politics of Anti-Caste won the Women's History Network Book Prize 2014 & the Colby Scholarly Book Prize 2015.

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