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Decolonising Archives, Decolonising History: Roundtable Conversation

June 24, 2021 at 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

This roundtable workshop aimed to spark conversation in and beyond academic communities about the role archives might play in the future of history. It acknowledged and brought together a growing dialogue in the historical study of decolonisation processes, as well as a wider conversation about decolonising knowledge, archives and the academy.

The conversation feeds into a new MA module on ‘Decolonising History,’ currently scheduled for Spring Term 2022 in the Department of History, Classics, and Archaeology. It also dialogues with the ongoing college-wide conversation on decolonising the curriculum.

Workshop Speakers:

Reem Abou el Fadl, Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS University of London

Thula Simpson, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Pascale Ghazaleh, Department of History, American University in Cairo, Egypt

Mark Deets, Department of History, American University in Cairo, Egypt

Organized by Dr. Joseph Viscomi, Lecturer Department of History, Classics and Archaeology (Birkbeck College) and Birkbeck College in partnership with American University in Cairo and University of Pretoria