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19-23 August 2024

Wednesday, August 21, 2024

Making amends for Empire - has Scotland done enough?

Time: 3:30pm to 5pm

In partnership with the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights

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Event description

Colonial profit and participation are embedded in the history of Scotland. Join us to hear about ongoing work to address the history of Scotland's involvement in transatlantic slavery and Empire and to explore whether enough is being done to confront and atone for Scotland's imperial past.

Chair: Sarah Boyack MSP, Cross-party Group on Culture and Communities


Festival of Politics panellists

Irene Mosota is the CEO and founder of Knowledge Bridge, an organisation that supports companies with cross-cultural leadership, diversity, equity and inclusion. Irene also serves as the independent chair for the Edinburgh Slavery and Colonialism Implementation Review Group, closely examining the city's past and present, with support from the City of Edinburgh Council. As a chartered fellow for the CIPD People Profession and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Irene is committed to inspiring improved ways of thinking, acting, and fostering positive changes.

Dr Stephen Mullen is an historian of slavery and its aftermath in the British Atlantic world, with a particular focus on Scotland and the Caribbean. He is alumnus of the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow, completing a PhD at the latter institution in 2015. Since then, he has been a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in history at the University of Glasgow. His research has focused on the social and economic consequences of Atlantic slavery in a British-Atlantic framework. He was the principal researcher and co-author of the report ‘Slavery, Abolition and the University of Glasgow’ and is currently commissioned by Glasgow City Council to lead an audit of the city of Glasgow’s built heritage and the historic connections with Atlantic slavery.

Zandra Yeaman is the Curator of Discomfort based at the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow. Curating discomfort is looking at ways outside of traditional museum authority to explore the interpretation of contested collections and to design and deliver a series of museum interventions that takes the museum out of the institutional comfort zone. As an anti-racist activist, Zandra works with museums to gain an understanding of current social systems and how they are influenced by the legacy of empire, slavery and colonialism. She supports them to explore a historical narrative that does not centre or privilege colonisers but re-frames the stories to acknowledge and be representative of our shared histories.


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