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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 Civilisations.
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, previous annual lectures have been delivered by high-profile cultural figures including Urvashi Butalia, Linton Kwesi Johnson, and Amit Chaudhuri.