Beyond Apologies: Past Guilt and Urban Futures

Michele Curtis, Thomas Hermann, Lawrence Hoo, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, Louise Mitchell, Olivette Otele, Anne Thomas and Andrew Kelly

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The status of Edward Colston in Bristol has been the source of much debate and controversy – including calls to move his statue to a museum and the renaming of Colston Hall. It’s part of a wider debate about how Bristol should deal with its involvement in the slave trade but also about how cities deal with guilt generally. Looking at the experience of how other cities have dealt with the slave trade, the confederacy, the Holocaust, and the French colonial past, among other issues, this panel brings together writers, artists, academics and activists to debate how guilty cities should feel about their past and – critically – what cities do about this to create better futures for all.

The panellists are: Thomas Hermann (Mayor of Hannover); Joshua Jelly-Schapiro (geographer and writer, author of Island People: The Caribbean and the World  and co-editor, with Rebecca Solnit, of Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas); Olivette Otele (Professor of History at Bath Spa University, and Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society) who is an expert on the links between history, memory and geopolitics in relation to French and British colonial pasts; and Anne Thomas (International Coordinator, Stolpersteine Project – over 70,000 ‘stumbling stones’ now exist in Germany, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, the Netherlands, Russia, Slovakia and Slovenia commemorating individual victims of the Holocaust outside their last-known freely chosen residence).

As well as the panel debate there will be short presentations by Michele Curtis (Seven Saints Project), Lawrence Hoo (CARGO) and Louise Mitchell (Colston Hall). Andrew Kelly (Bristol Cultural Development Partnership) chairs.

Image credit: Karin Richert

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