'After Empire' Conference Keynotes

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An inter-disciplinary conference on race, migration, Empire & British identity 50 after Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood' speech.

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This conference provokes and facilitates a discussion over race, migration, Empire and British identity fifty years after Enoch Powell’s infamous ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech. Writing in White Man’s World (2011), Bill Schwarz explains how the culture and politics of late twentieth century Britain was underwritten by ‘unappeased memories of the imperial past’ (32). The years following Schwarz’s study have seen a range of controversies over Britain’s contested imperial past. Yet the recent examples of the Windrush scandal, Oxford University’s ‘Ethics & Empire’ research project, the Blighty café vandalism and protest, and the apparent revival of imperial ambitions prompted by Brexit are part of a longer history. The mutations of Britain’s publicly unexamined imperial legacy within the UK have been many and varied. The interrelated rows over race and Britishness, such as the BBC schools video on ‘Roman Britain’ depicting a black Roman-Briton, are symptoms of this unchallenged history of the Empire. Why, given the fraught issues generated by this stifled debate, have there not been more informed, public discussions about race and Empire in the United Kingdom?

Featuring keynote presentations from Professor Bill Schwarz (QMUL) author of White Man’s World and co-author, with the late Stuart Hall, of Familiar Stranger (2017), Professor Elleke Boehmer (University of Oxford) and Gary Younge (The Guardian) this conference investigates the afterlives of Empire, bringing together PGRs, ECRs, academic and public researchers in the fields of History, English Literature, Sociology, Politics, Heritage Studies, and more to discuss the aftermath of imperialism within Britain.

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