How Should Cities Deal with the Legacies of Guilt?

Amit Chaudhuri, Tim Cole, Madge Dresser, Vanessa Kisuule and David Olusoga

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How cities and places should deal with guilt due to past actions is a debate around the world: from how European cities mark the Holocaust to the annual Sorry Day in Australia, from the removal of Confederate monuments in the US to how to deal with the legacy of historic slavery in the UK and Rhodes Must Fall in Oxford. It’s a big debate in Bristol, too, with the renaming of Colston Hall making national headlines. How should cities address their difficult pasts? What needs to be covered when it comes to guilt? Most important of all, how do we make sure that these debates and actions create healing and better futures for all? To discuss the issues, historian and broadcaster David Olusoga – author most recently of Black and British: A Forgotten History – joins novelist and essayist, Amit Chaudhuri; Madge Dresser (Honorary Professor of History (Bristol) and UWE Research Fellow) and author of work on slavery’s legacy in Bristol; poet and performer Vanessa Kisuule; and Tim Cole, Professor of Social History, University of Bristol, whose recent work covers the Holocaust and how it is memorialised.

Thanks to the support of the Brigstow Institute, this event is free to attend. This is one of a number of events Brigstow is hosting this year on living well with difficult pasts.

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