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Inquiry Hosted Events

Inquiry Hosted Events

Each term the inquiry will host a variety of round table discussion and seminars. Please check the site regularly for upcoming events we are hosting or supporting. All events for the 2020-2021 academic year will be held via Zoom. Please contact the Sean Scinta () for event details.


 Friday, October 30, 4:00-5:00 pm

The Legacies of Slavery in Comparative Perspective 

with Dr. Sabine Cadeau & Dr Nicolas Bell-Romero

 From Cambridge to Columbia and from Glasgow to Georgetown, inquiries into the legacies of slavery have one element in common: they produce a report. This seminar will be an opportunity to discuss how these important documents should be constructed, with reference to two inquiries: one closer to home in Glasgow, and another further abroad at Georgetown University. How should these reports be written? Should the intended audience of these reports be restricted to university officials, or expanded to the wider university community and general public? And are there limitations to these documents?

We will be looking at the Georgetown report ( and Brown University inquiry (  

Tuesday, November 10 , 4:00- 5:00 pm

Anti-racist Pedagogy in the University

with Dr. Meleisa Ono-George, University of Warwick

In 2018 an ‘Anti-Racist Pedagogy and Process in Higher Education Learning Circle’ was established at the University of Warwick which aimed to inform institutional deliberations on issues of "BAME" student experience and attainment, as it relates to teaching and learning, and the creation of inclusive classrooms through the engagement and practice of anti-racist pedagogies. This talk will focus on one output of the learning circle, the development of a multi-module programme for staff focused on embedding anti-racist pedagogy throughout the institution.  


Friday, November 27, 4:00-5:00 pm

Slavery and the Politics of Naming

with Dr. Sabine Cadeau & Dr Nicolas Bell-Romero 

 In September 2020, a Washington, D.C., government body found that sixty-five different public spaces and commemorative works should be renamed because they recognised “participants in slavery, support for oppression, involvement in a [white] supremacist agenda, and violation of D.C. human rights laws.” In Britain, too, the University of Liverpool has agreed to rename a building after former William Gladstone, whose family had extensive plantations in the Caribbean. Despite these important efforts, is the act of renaming enough? How should this process be conducted? And does focusing on statues and memorials obscure wider debates over the meaning of the past?


Friday, December 11, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Slavery Connections at one Remove: William Robertson, Slavery, and the University of Edinburgh

with Professor Diana Paton, University of Edinburgh

 This discussion explores the connections of one of the University of Edinburgh’s most important Principals, the historian William Robertson, with the economy and society of Atlantic slavery. Robertson was not directly connected to slavery and indeed provided some support to William Wilberforce’s abolitionist campaign. His son, though, married into a slave-holding family. This kind of connection at one remove is likely to be widespread in research on institutional connections to slavery, alongside more direct connections. While some popular framings of these discussions focus on individual ‘guilt’ for slavery, and thus can implicitly suggest an easy separation between the guilty and the ‘innocent’, these indirect connections are more helpfully understood through recognizing the ubiquity of connections to slavery in British life in the eighteenth century.


Wednesday, February 10, 4:00-5:00 pm

The Legacies of Slavery for African History

With Toby Green, King's College London

In this presentation Toby Green (King's College, London; author, A Fistful of Shells) examines how the struggle over Abolition in the 18th and 19th centuries paved the way for a Western historiography of precolonial Africa which has focussed predominantly on the topic of slavery in Africa. This can have the consequence of both primitivising and culpabilising African societies for the histories of slavery in the West. Through looking at examples from a new research project on the 17th century, Green explores the complexity of slavery in precolonial African history"


MT 2020 Events


Award winnng author and former MPhil in African Studies student Mary Ononokpono talks about how her work has been inspired by our MPhil programme