Alan Rice

Prof. Alan Rice

Professor in English and American Studies and Co-Director, Institute for Black Atlantic Research

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Livesey House, LH212

+44 (0) 1772 89 3024

Alan teaches across a range of subjects for the literature and cultural team at UCLan and is an expert in the field of the Black Atlantic where his scholarship has led to collaborative projects with museums and community organisations. In 2007 he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy for his contributions to teaching. He is available to supervise postgraduate projects on American and Black Atlantic subjects and currently is supervisor for three theses.

Alan is a member of the Literature and Cultures Research Group.

Full Profile

Alan has published widely in African American Studies, Transatlantic Cultural Studies and also in Ethnic Studies. His latest monograph project Creating Memorials, Building Identities: The Politics of Memory in the Black Atlantic (Liverpool University Press) was published in 2010 and was written with the help of an AHRC research grant. The paperback edition was launched in April 2012 at the International Slavery Museum and the event with live jazz can be viewed here.

Comments on it include the following:

‘Rice’s book combines breadth of learning, enthusiastic engaged scholarship, and commitment to freedom and equality.’ Professor Gen Doy, De Montfort University

‘ insightful and often moving critical response to the diaspora-wide search for memorials “that conserve memory without being conservative.”’ Professor Arlene R. Keizer, author of Black Subjects: Identity Formation in the Contemporary Narrative of Slavery

‘Interdisciplinary work is often called for but rarely achieved. Alan Rice’s Creating Memorials, Building Identities is a striking example of how it is best done. With this new book, British “heritage” is considerably enriched and diversified.' Professor Richard H.King, University of Nottingham.

His first interdisciplinary monograph Radical Narratives of the Black Atlantic was published by Continuum Press in 2003 and garnered significant praise. Owen Robinson in the Journal of American Studies praised a “finely drawn, persuasive and continually fascinating” study “at once intellectually rigorous and appropriately moving”. He was academic advisor to and board member of the Slave Trade Arts Memorial Project (STAMP) in Lancaster which was responsible for the commissioning and building of the first British quayside monument to the victims of the slave trade unveiled in Lancaster in October 2005. He has given public lectures and keynote presentations in Britain, Irelands, Germany, the United State and France and contributed to documentaries for the BBC, Border Television and public broadcasting in America. He is an advisor to museums in Liverpool, Lancaster and Manchester. He co-curated an exhibition Trade and Empire: Remembering Slavery at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester which opened in June 2007.

Most recently he appeared on BBC's The One Show in February 2013 where he discussed Abraham Lincoln and the Lancashire Cotton Famine. Alan has organised a number of significant academic events over the years the latest being a June 2013 symposium on the 1943 black American GI mutiny at Bamber Bridge, just outside Preston. This event featured a new hour long version of the film Choc'late Soldiers from the USA (2009) on which Alan was consultant and talking head.

Alan had an article published on The Conversation in June 2018 about the race riot in Bamber Bridge in 1943, entitled ‘Black troops were welcome in Britain, but Jim Crow wasn’t: the race riot of one night in June 1943’

Alan was a key advisor and commentator for the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Britain's Black Past: An Invisible Presence’, broadcast in October 2016. He talked about Lancaster and Sambo's Grave as well as the importance of Robert Wedderburn.

Alan has co-written the first academic monograph on the 2017 Turner Prize winner, UCLan’s Professor Lubaina Himid, published by Liverpool University Press in October 2019.

Alan was involved in organising the Creative Conversations: Black Women Artists Making and Doing two-day symposium in January 2020. In this video, Professor Lubaina Himid CBE and PhD Student Jade Montserrat tell us about the event which was a major celebration of black women’s art in Britain, marking over 40 years of black female artists making an impact in the UK.


Journal Article: With J.C. Kardux. “Confronting the Ghostly Legacies of Slavery: The Politics of Black Bodies, Embodied Memories, and Memorial Landscapes.” Atlantic Studies 9.3 (Sept. 2012): 245-272.

Journal Article: ‘Tracing Slavery and Abolition’s Routes and Viewing Inside the Invisible: The Monumental Landscape and the African Atlantic’ in Atlantic Studies special issue, ‘Abolitionist Places’, eds. Martha Schoolman and Jared Hickman, Vol. 8 No.2 June 2011, pp. 253-274.

Journal Article: “Revealing Histories, Dialogising Collections: Museums and Galleries in North-West England Commemorating the Abolition of the Slave Trade”. Slavery and Abolition : A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies Vol. 30 No.2, June 2009. ISSN 1743-9523, pp.291-309.

Journal Article: “Naming the Money and Unveiling the Crime: Contemporary British Artists and the Memorialisation of Slavery and Abolition”. Special issue of Patterns of Prejudice, Imagining Transatlantic Slavery and Abolition, 2007-8 (ed. John Oldfield) 41/3-4 (July/September 2007), pp. 321-343.

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Research Activities

Alan is involved in a variety of activities in the areas of the black Atlantic collaborating with colleagues from Liverpool Edge Hill, the Universities of Liverpool, Nottingham, Manchester, Bremen, Montpellier III, Leiden and University College Dublin.

Research Projects

Alan's next project will be a monograph on the black British artist Lubaina Himid with Celeste-Marie Bernier to be published in 2017. He continues to work closely with museums in the North West including consultancy roles like that with the exhibition We Face Forward: West African Art Now in Manchester in 2012 for which Alan wrote a catalogue essay.


Alan is course leader for the MA in English Language and Literature and module leader for EN3008 Black Atlantic Narratives and EG4703 Local and Global Literature.


Member of the board of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery at the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool

National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of Collegium for African American Research (co-editor of book series FORECAAST) & Multi-Ethnic Studies Europe and the Americas (MESEA)


Alan has attended and presented at over a hundred conferences over the last two decades in the fields of literary and cultural studies especially in the field of the Black Atlantic. He usually attends most British Association for American Studies (BAAS), Collegium for African American Research (CAAR) and Multi-Ethnic Studies Europe and the Americas (MESEA) conferences.

External Activities

Alan has been external examiner/validator at over a dozen institutions nationwide. He is currently external examiner for the MA English Literature and MA Criticism, Literature and Theory at Kingston University, London. He has given talks and presented workshops on slavery and its consequences for numerous museums, schools and external partners including, Manchester Art Gallery, the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool, Whitworth Art Gallery, Lancaster Maritime Museum, Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation(WISE) in Hull, Glasson Dock Primary School, Kirkham Prison and the Department of Communities and Local Government and is available for similar events in the future. Alan has devised a dramatic tableau of the slave trade which he has delivered all over the country.