Decolonizing Heritage and Public Spaces

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The vestiges of empire extend beyond standard conventions of physical control and coercion. It persists and proliferates in the present through representations and celebrations of the past. It manifests in statues, museum exhibits, artifact collections, embedded into public spaces and the individual's consciousness. Week 3's seminar will feature a panel discussion chaired by Mirjam Brusius - Early Career Researcher at TORCH, and featuring Paul Collins - Jaleh Hearn Curator of Ancient Near East at the Ashmolean Museum, Rachel Ama Asaa Engmann - Assistant Professor of African Studies Hampshire College, Bárbaro Martínez-Ruiz - Leverhulme Distinguished Professor University of Oxford, Rebecca Bridgeman - Curator of Islamic and South Asian Arts at Birmingham Museums Trust and a student speaker representing the University of Oxford,  to discuss the legacy of empire in public spaces ranging from the statue of Cecil Rhodes, to the possession and presentation of artifacts and history in the Ashmolean Museum, and beyond. All are welcome and a light lunch will be provided.


Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century

Contact name: Evan Matsuyama
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Audience: Open to all