Presentation: BAME participation in British politics, 8 Feb. 2021

Date: Monday, February 8, 2021 – 14:00 to 15:00

Location: Online via MS Teams

Suzanne Forbes and David King will be talking about a new pilot project investigating the BAME Presence in British Politics. The project, being carried out in collaboration with the History of Parliament Trust, aims to assess the feasibility of, and methodology for, developing a public-facing database that records the BAME presence in British history over three centuries, including BAME membership of both Houses of Parliament, candidates in constituency elections, and individuals involved in local government and extra-parliamentary politics including activists and political writers. 

The presentation will provide an overview of the project as a whole, with some more detailed discussion of the digital aspects of the project, including consideration of some of the challenges and opportunities posed by the sources available, and digital techniques that will be used to identify and explore them.

Speaker bios

Suzanne Forbes is a Lecturer in History at the OU whose research focusses on political culture in Britain and Ireland. David King is a Visiting Fellow in Computing at the OU specialising in text analytics.

Event details

All are welcome. Please register through Eventbrite by Friday 5th February at 13.00 GMT. 

This seminar will take place through Microsoft Teams. On the afternoon of Friday 5th February, you will be sent an invitation to the event via Eventbrite. The invitation will contain a link to the Teams meeting. Click it on Monday 8th February to join the seminar from 13.55 GMT. 

Funding for pilot research on the BAME presence

The BAME Presence in British Politics Project team have been successful in an application to The Open University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Strategic Research Investment Fund to carry out a pilot project to identify BAME individuals involved in British politics using digital research techniques.

The BAME Presence in British Politics project is a collaboration between The Open University and The History of Parliament.

Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award

Dr Amanda Goodrich will be the lead supervisor for a new OU PhD studentship, through the AHRC Open-Oxford-Cambridge doctoral training partnership. The studentship will be held in collaboration with the History of Parliament Trust. Dr Robin Eagles (HOP) and Dr Suzanne Forbes (OU) will co-supervise the PhD project.

For more information visit the Open-Oxford-Cambridge Doctoral Training Partnership website at the following link: