Human Geography Taster Session

How do we acknowledge the painful history of the slave trade? How do we represent and memorialise this history in public space?

A group of protestors stand on Bristol harbourside, lowering the Colston statue into the river

Should it Stay or Should it Go? Or, The Political and Cultural Geographies of the Memorial: Edward Colston and the Black Lives Matter Movement

This session introduces students to some of the key debates in contemporary Human Geography regarding the cultural politics of memory, memorialisation and public space. Contextualised by the politics of the Black Lives Matter Movement, it focuses on the events surrounding the toppling of the Edward Colston statue in 2021 and asks questions about the traumatic history of the slave trade and how we acknowledge it.

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