Oxford Students in the Age of Empire

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9:45 - 13:00
Department for Continuing Education (Rewley House)
1 Wellington Square
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Courses and workshops
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Booking required

This event brings together exposure to historical methods with a deep dive into a less-told history of empire, gender and race at the University of Oxford. 

Oxford changed irrevocably after 1871, when women and people of colour were permitted to join the University for the first time. With an introduction to historical methods, this event will explore empire, race and gender at Oxford through histories of its students. Zooming out first to think about how microhistories can be used to tell a global history, the event questions how we find and locate hidden figures in history. Participants will have the chance to engage with primary sources including visual records, autobiographical excerpts and archival documents to understand how they can be used for historical analysis.  

There will be a key focus on the histories of the first Indian and Black women who studied at the University – including Cornelia Sorabji, Kofoworola Ademola (née Moore) and Merze Tate.

Department for Continuing Education
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