UCL Urban Laboratory


David Olusoga: Cities Imaginaries Lecture 2018

22 May 2018, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

David Olusoga

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UCL Darwin Lecture Theatre, Gower Street, London WC1E 6XA

Historian, broadcaster and film-maker David Olusoga will deliver this year's Cities Imaginaries annual lecture at UCL Urban Laboratory, speaking about how Britain's cities were born with a 'housing problem' already hard-wired into them.

Olusoga is a British-Nigerian historian whose recent TV series for the BBC include Black and British: A Forgotten History, The World's War, A House Through Time, and the BAFTA winning Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners. David is also the author of Black and British: A Forgotten History which was awarded both the Longman-History Today Trustees Award and the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize. His other books include The World's War, which won First World War Book of the Year in 2015, The Kaiser's Holocaust: Germany's Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism and Civilizations: Encounters and the Cult of Progress. David was also a contributor to The Oxford Companion to Black British History and writes for The Guardian, alongside columns in The Observer and BBC History Magazine. He is also one of the three presenters on the BBC's landmark Arts series Civilizations.

Cities Imaginaries is the UCL Urban Laboratory activity strand encompassing the curation and creation of cultural representations of cities and urban life. Led by Urban Lab Co-Director Professor Matthew Beaumont, three previous annual lectures have been delivered by high-profile cultural figures - Urvashi Butalia (2016/17), Linton Kwesi Johnson (2015/16) and Amit Chaudhuri (2014/15).


The event is now fully booked, but a returns queue will be in operation on the day. Seats left empty by ticketholders will be filled by those in the returns queue shortly before the start of the event. Entry via the returns queue is not guaranteed, but in previous years most of those turning up on the night have been able to get a seat.

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There is step free access into the lecture theatre, and accessible toilets are located within the building. View detailed accessibility information on DisabledGo.

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