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 University of Oxford, 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.
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.