Not Set in Stone: Remembering Empire and Contesting Statues
|Starts:||17:00 9 Jun 2021|
|Ends:||19:00 9 Jun 2021|
|What is it:||Workshop|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff, External researchers, Adults, Current University students, General public|
A roundtable discussion on the material legacies of empire and slavery in Bristol, Oxford, and beyond.
On 7th June 2020, young Bristolians toppled a statue of Edward Colston in the city centre and rolled it into Bristol Harbour. This action marked the culmination of years of contestation, during which Bristolians had sought to displace the material traces of the slave trader in the city's public space. It was also catalysed by popular support for Black Lives Matter, Britain's largest anti-racist movement since abolition.
In Oxford, a student-led movement has sought since 2016 to remove Oriel College's statue of Cecil Rhodes. Rhodes Must Fall Oxford has emphasised that bringing down the statue is only one component of a much larger agenda: they seek to remove colonial iconography, reform the Eurocentric curriculum, and address the underrepresentation and lack of welfare provision for BME staff and students ('Our Aim').
At this roundtable, scholars and activists will discuss why colonial statues matter, what it means to contest them, and how cultural activism links to larger ant-racist, anti-colonial struggles.
- Einass Bakhiet, Co-facilitator of the Rhodes Must Fall movement in Oxford
- Joanna Burch-Brown, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Bristol
- Simukai Chigudu, Associate Professor of African Politics at the Oxford Department of International Development and Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford University
- Gary Younge, Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester
- Meghan Tinsley, Presidential Fellow in Ethnicity and Inequalities at the University of Manchester
The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required.
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