Ethics Forum

University of Edinburgh

21 Oct 2016: Should universities revisit their colonial legacies?

When: Fri, 21 Oct 2016
Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Where: Seminar Rooms 1 and 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building, University of Edinburgh

Please register here for free tickets.

Over the past few years, the relationship between universities and their colonial legacies have started to be revisited. In South Africa, students from the group Rhodes Must Fall called for the statue of Cecil Rhodes at the University of Cape Town to be removed. This campaign has since spread across South Africa as well as to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and Queen Mary, University of London. Ultimately, the Rhodes statue was removed, and campaigns to make universities revisit their colonial legacies continue. Meanwhile, the Black Lives Matter movement has spurred American students to also campaign for various demands such as decolonising and broadening their curricula. This event will consider how, if at all, universities should revisit their colonial legacies.

Speakers:

  • Dr Nuala Zahedieh
    Reader in Economic and Social History, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Emile Chabal
    Chancellor’s Fellow in History, Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Hazel Gray
    Lecturer in African Studies and Development, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Hugh McDonnell
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, GREYZONE Project, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
  •  Dr Jamie Allinson (chair)
    School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

The Ethics Forum is being held in partnership with the Just World Institute and the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

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