The 12 November debate will include a discussion led by William Beinart exploring the historical evidence and arguments for moving the statue, while Zeinab Badawi will discuss her experience of the Oriel College commission, as well as wider initiatives to promote diversity and African Studies.
Dr Nichola Khan, Director of CSECP said: “In recent years many public institutions have responded to political pressures to reflect on Britain’s and other countries’ imperial pasts, and on elements of colonialism that continue in knowledge production within politics, medicine, law, economics, human rights, and international development.
Institutions such as the National Trust, museums and universities have made efforts to recognise these legacies—for example, this month will see the return of a looted royal ancestral Benin bronzes to Nigeria. We have also seen other high-profile campaigns to remove statues of arch colonialists, such as the toppling of the slave trader Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol in 2020.
This important talk discusses not only of the legacy of Rhodes and colonialism in Southern Africa and Zimbabwe, but of wider public opinion and interest in the harms and contested legacies of race and empire more broadly. We are immensely fortunate to have the insights of broadcaster Zeinab Badawi and Professor William Beinart.”
The event will be chaired by Dr Nichola Khan, alongside CSECP colleague Dr Heba Youssef.