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Universities and their contested pasts

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Samuel Alexander Building

Lime Grove

Manchester

M13 9PP

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A two-day symposium on universities and their contested pasts

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For many years, universities and their pasts were seen as a benign backwater – histories of institutions of public benefit of interest to alumni, staff and academic historians. However, in recent years, attention has been drawn to the uncomfortable past of some of these institutions.

Protests around the world have prompted universities associated with colonialism, slavery and inequality to face up to, and reconsider, their own histories. Presently, institutions are subject to calls from inside and outside their own walls to answer questions about: where their funding has its origins, the land they occupy and the provenance of their cultural and heritage collections.

This two-day event seeks to bring together those from across the academic disciplines with heritage practitioners and university managers and policymakers to better understand universities’ contested histories and how we should deal with them. We will consider themes such as slavery and colonialism; racism, sexism and discrimination; research and the curriculum; university museums and collections; the connection between universities and the state.

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