‘Universities and their Contested Pasts’ Conference CFP

11-12 September 2019, University of Manchester 

For many years, universities and their pasts were seen as a benign backwater – histories of institutions of public benefit of interest to alumni, staff and academic historians. However, in recent years, attention has been drawn to the uncomfortable past of some of these institutions. This two-day event seeks to understand universities’ uncomfortable pasts (both distant and recent) and how we should deal with them. Convenors invite papers that consider themes such as slavery and colonialism; racism, sexism and discrimination; research and the curriculum; university museums and collections; the connection between universities and the state. 

Abstracts due 31 May 2019. 

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