“Fancy an Indian studying Greek!” How I found my place in the Classical Tradition as a British Indian

Image description: The famous Gandhara Buddha: a beautiful and moving fusion of Greek, Indian and Persian artistic motifs (Pakistan, 2nd century CE) Note: The author would like to clarify that the professor mentioned in this article is not an employee of Oxford University, nor is the summer school described one affiliated with the University. “Fancy […]

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Empire’s Wake: The Mau Mau uprising in Kenya

Image Description: Memorial in Nairobi to victims of colonialism.  “Bottles (often broken), gun barrels, knives, snakes, and vermin were thrust up men’s rectums and women’s vaginas.” “The screening teams whipped, shot, burned, and mutilated suspects, ostensibly to gather intelligence for military operations.” This June will mark the 10th anniversary of the first claim brought by […]

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Donor backlash as St John’s embarks on a project to explore its colonial past

According to sources of The Telegraph, the President of St John’s College, Professor Maggie Snowing, is facing criticism from donors for supporting attempts to explore the college’s colonial past.  Benefactors of the college are thought to have threatened to withhold donations over the issue. The backlash has followed a job advert posted by the college […]

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Colonialism was not good for the colonised, and those who think it was must be challenged.

It has recently emerged that early in 2018, Professor Nigel Biggar of Oxford University hosted a private, invite-only conference to discuss the legacies of colonialism. Professor Biggar first sparked widespread controversy when, in 2017, he defended a controversial article by American professor Bruce Gilley, entitled ‘The Case for Colonialism’, which explored the positive case for colonialism, […]

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