Live Event: In Conversation with Jamelia, Multi-Award Winning Artist

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Performance Week​

Part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones for the future
Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities.

Live Event: Thursday 21st May 2020, 5.00pm-6.00pm​

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In conversation with Jamelia, multi-award winning artist


Join us for an in-conversation with multi-award winning artist, Jamelia, as we explore themes related to music, performance, and what it means to be an artist on lockdown.

Join Dr Yvonne Liao (Music Faculty, University of Oxford) and Dr Priya Atwal (Kings College London) as they discuss all things music, performance, representation, education, home schooling with Jamelia. 



Jamelia is a mutli-award winning musician, presenter and an advocate for women and girls. Her career has spanned over 20 years, beginning when she was just 15. ​

Jamelia has topped the charts in the UK, Australia, Thailand and Italy and toured the world with ​Usher, Destiny’s child and Justin Timberlake to name a few. ​She has received awards from The Mobo’s, Q Awards, Ivor Novellos and a Mercury Music Prize. ​Jamelia also models and has graced the covers of Elle, Cosmopolitain and Harpers Bazaar. ​Branching out into acting, presenting and writing, Jamelia uses her expansive career & life ​experience to empower, inspire and ignite those around her. ​

She has authored an array of documentaries including “Whose hair Is it Anyway” which she says ​was life changing for her, and the emotional “Shame About Single Mums” both for the BBC.​ As if the above wasn’t enough, Jamelia is a loving Wife, and describes her most important role as ​being “Mummy” to her 3 gorgeous Daughters and adorable Son. ​She sees her children as her greatest success!​

Jamelia is currently working on multiple projects, including a new album,  TV show, book, haircare ​line, and her Girlz Club Programs in partnership with her daughters’ business, Magic Girlz.

Dr Yvonne Liao is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow in the Music Faculty at the University of Oxford. Yvonne is a music historian and during her career has also worked at Naxos Records and Universial Music Hong Kong. During her time in Oxford, Yvonne has also co-founded the Colonial Ports and Global Histories Network (CPAGH) and is a member of the TORCH Management Committee.

Dr Priya Atwal is a Teaching Fellow in Modern South Asian History at Kings College London. In addition to her research as a historian, Priya has a lot of experience working in the areas of public engagement, history, museums and heritage, and University outreach particularly including her research on Queen Victoria, and most recently appearing as part of the BBC4 documentary on 'The Stolen Maharajah'. 


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