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    Topple the racists I: Decolonising the space and the institutional memory of the university

    Kearns, Gerard (2020) Topple the racists I: Decolonising the space and the institutional memory of the university. Geography, 105 (3). pp. 116-125. ISSN 0016-7487 (Submitted)

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    The activism around ‘Black Lives Matter’ following the killing of George Floyd on 25 May 2020 in Minneapolis, USA, has brought further attention to the racism inscribed into the space and institutional memory of universities and of the discipline of geography itself. This, the first of two linked articles, looks at the cases made for dishonouring the memory of Edward Colston (1636– 1721) and that of Cecil Rhodes (1853–1902). Through their philanthropy, both left their name upon elements of higher education in Britain. Yet, on grounds both of the sources of their wealth and of the causes in which their names have been evoked, there are good reasons no more to praise such famous men. The second linked article (Part 2 to be published in the spring 2021 issue of Geography) will consider the legacy of Halford Mackinder (1861–1947) in the light of the obligation to decolonise the space and institutional memory of our discipline.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Decolonising space; institutional memory; university; Black Lives Matter; Cecil Rhodes; Edward Colston;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 13868
    Depositing User: Gerry Kearns
    Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2021 15:30
    Journal or Publication Title: Geography
    Publisher: Geographical Association
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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