Through an exhibition – the first presentation in the UK of Human Zoos: The Invention of the Savage – and related activities (films, talks and discussions), audiences will be invited to explore the global presence of human zoos in both national and international frames, but also to understand how the origins of prejudice today may be found in these practices of representation.

The human zoo is the display of one group of people by another, for the purposes of entertainment, education or propaganda. Although particularly prevalent in the later nineteenth and earlier twentieth century, the phenomenon has a much longer history and arguably persists today in a variety of display practices in contemporary media and culture.

This even is part of Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities, for which the University of Liverpool is a ‘hub’ venue.

The Human Zoos Exhibition will be on display at the Kuumba Imani Millenium Centre in Liverpool for the duration of the Festival (17-25 November 2016 inclusive), and is free to attend with no booking necessary.

Human Zoos will also host a series of talks and round-table discussions in the Kuumba Imani Millenium Centre, the School of the Arts Library at the University of Liverpool, and the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool. More details and booking instructions can be found here.