The Black Atlantic: Identity and Nationhood


In the second part of a mini-series on the Black Atlantic, culture writer and curator Ekow Eshun considers identity and nationhood through the work of Ellen Gallagher, Lubaina Himid, John Akomfrah, Chris Ofili and Fred Wilson. In 1993, Paul Gilroy published a ground-breaking book, The Black Atlantic: Modernity & Double Consciousness, which has forever left its mark on historical and cultural studies. The idea that there exists a culture which is African, American, Caribbean, and British, all at once, has generated the rich and boundless space that is Black Atlantic thinking. This series explores Tate’s collection and the impact of the Atlantic slave trade through the lens of the Black Atlantic. It gives an accessible introduction to the Black Atlantic, how it can help us to understand British identity and how we can acknowledge and learn from history to look towards the future.


Additional resources

Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic: Modernity & Double Consciousness (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1993)

Cite this page as: Kayla McCarthy, "The Black Atlantic: Identity and Nationhood," in Smarthistory, November 7, 2022, accessed December 1, 2022, https://smarthistory.org/the-black-atlantic-identity-and-nationhood/.