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“Finders, keepers, shut up!” – Britain and the Chagos Islands

On the 14th of February, Mauritian officials raised the flag of Mauritius on the atoll of Pero Banhos. This atoll is part of a larger chain known as the Chagos Islands or, for the more reactionary among you, the British Indian Ocean Territory.  Let’s be honest, you’ve never heard of them. I’ll bring you up […]

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Addressing the Legacy of Slavery and Empire at National Trust of Scotland

As the largest conservation charity in Scotland, with around 130 properties under their management, the National Trust Scotland (NTS) has both the resources and responsibility to educate the public about their properties’ colonial past. So how do they plan to do this? On October 14th, 2021, The National Trust of Scotland (NTS) held a lecture […]

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Critical readers piloted as university reshapes curriculum

The University of Edinburgh has recently announced plans to hire ‘critical readers,’ who will play a role in shaping the university curriculum.  These readers, who will be taken from the school of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, will be responsible for suggesting changes which will give greater prominence to writers and scholars who are from less […]

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Review: Jonathan Owen at Ingleby Gallery

Edinburgh-based Jonathan Owen (b. 1973) exhibits for the third time at Ingleby Gallery this summer, after solo presentations in 2011 and 2014.  Offering admission by appointment, the private Barony Street gallery – a former Glasite Meeting House that housed a divergent Scottish Christian sect during the nineteenth-century – constitutes a space of austere opulence within […]

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University lecturer accused of biased marking

Correction: This article has been edited to remove the claim that Professor Thin marked down dissertations as after further investigation, there was insufficient evidence backing these claims. Recent posts on Edifess, an anonymous confessions page on Facebook, pointed to various controversial statements made by a University of Edinburgh social anthropology senior lecturer, Neil Thin, on […]

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Looking Back, Looking Forward Decolonising the Museum

The role of the museum in visualising the past and present cultural and national identities has a central place in the ever-resurfacing debate about the decolonialisation of cultural and artistic institutions. The urgency of this conversation re-emerged in the past year prompted by the Black Lives Matter movement and today it should still hold a […]

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Decolonisation and Disappointments with UncoverED

The University of Edinburgh is really proud of its status as a “global university”, and UncoverED is about unpicking what that means. During the slave trade, Edinburgh was an economic center for the Empire and many Scots made fortunes in the plantations of the Caribbean, as every other surname is Scottish. The Medical School, in […]

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UncoverED: decolonising the future through academia

In September 2018, PhD candidates Tom Cunningham and Henry Mitchell, along with a team of student researchers, set out on a project to reveal the stories of Edinburgh’s forgotten students. UncoverED is a decolonising project addressing the collective amnesia that has erased the stories of so many of the University of Edinburgh’s global alumni. Through […]