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Ian Sergeant

Media, Birmingham City University

Thesis title:

Visual Representations and Cultural (Re) constructions of Black British Masculinity in 21st Century Birmingham

Research Area

  • Media



  • Black British Masculinities: Hyper (In)Visibility - Masculinity, Sex and Popular Culture, 17 January, Village Berlin, Berlin, Germany


  • Cut and Mix: A Blk Art Group Aesthetic - Black Counter-Representations, 10 December, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France
  • ‘Cut and Mix’ - A Methodological Approach to Practice as Research - Cracking the Established Order, 27 June, De MontFort University, Leicester, UK
  • The Black Body Politic: Revealed - Masculinity, Sex and Popular Culture, 3 May, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK

Public Engagement & Impact


  • Race, Activism and Art in the Midlands: A seminar exploring the interconnections between place, communities and Black Art - Panel chair with visual artists Keith Piper and Kom Achall, 19 October, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Museum, Wolverhampton, UK
  • Revealed: It's Time to Talk - Red Earth Collective - Chair of discussion event of the emotional world of Black men featuring actor/writer/director Daniel Anderson, filmmaker/programmer Rico Johnson-Sinclair, artist Armano Inai and holistic therapist Themba Loxolo, 5 October, Impact Hub, Birmingham, UK
  • Focus on Moustapha Alassane - Cinema Rediscovered 2019 - Introduction to series of screenings of the incisive work of Nigerien filmmaker Moustapha Alassane, including UK premieres of brand new restorations of some of his most celebrated films. 26 July, Watershed, Bristol, UK
  • Johny Pitts: Afropean - Hub Talks - Chair in conversation with award-winning writer and photographer Johny Pitts and his new book Afropean: Notes from Black Europe. 1 July, Impact Hub, Birmingham, UK
  • Revealed - Chair of post performance panel discussion with actor Daniel Anderson, Beresford Dawkins, Terry Rigby and Rico Johnson-Sinclair
  • Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation Discussion & Screening Event Curator and discussion chair featuring youth worker and criminologist Craig Pinkney, Dr Kennetta Perry director of the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre, Clive Driscoll former detective chief inspector of the Stephen Lawrence murder inquiry and Alison Cope anti knife crime campaigner. The event was funded by the International Curators Forum as part of a larger ICF project inspired by Professor Stuart Hall, that explores ideas of race and cultural representation as articulated in and developed since the Macpherson Report through visual arts practices and discourse.

Other Research Interests

  • Visual Arts Curatorial Practice
  • Black British Art History
  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Theory


Birmingham City University
  • Cultural Theory Cluster
  • Doctoral Education Group
  • Screen Cultures Network
Midlands 4 Cities
  • Student Advisory Forum Representative for Birmingham City University
  • Steering Committee member of Diaspora Screen Media Network - University of Northampton and Birmingham City University