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Rethinking 1492: Columbus, Race & Colonialism

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In August of 1492 Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain in attempt to discover a westerly sea route to India. Some two months later, after a stop off at the Spanish Canary Islands, land was sited, and global history was changed forever: from the destruction of the Inca and Mayan civilisations and genocide of much of the indigenous population of the Caribbean to the formation of mass slave plantations supplied by the transatlantic slave trade. As such, with the anniversary of this failed embarking in mind, Consented brings you Rethinking 1492: Columbus, Race & Colonialism.

This conversation will start with a panel discussion looking to explore the ways in which Europe's and in particular the Iberian Peninsular's understanding of blood purity - the idea that pure Christian blood could become tainted or stained by the blood of non-Christians (Jews, Moors, Pagans) - were transformed after contact with the Americas was made. As well as how notions of Old and New Christians informed theological and philosophical debates in regards to slavery and colonialism at the time. The panelists will also discuss the notions of the 'Old' and 'New' world and how they continue to define our understanding of history and the ways in which colonisation of the continent of America continues to define the world we live in.

After the panelists have finished speaking a lengthy Q&A session with the audience will ensue.

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This event will take place on Wednesday, August 1st, from 6.30 pm in the KLT Lecture Theatre on SOAS's main campus. If you would like to attend but cannot afford a ticket email us at consenteduk@gmail.com

Finally, all money raised from this event goes towards covering the costs of running the event as well as the costs of printing our quarterly print magazine and the running of our schools programme.

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