Join us for a unique tour of the Natural History Museum in Oxford! We'll explore how human influence and selective choice shape the narrative of natural history museums, offering an 'unnatural' perspective on their historical and ideological foundations.

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Medicine and Colonization: How Scientific Research Shapes Politics

In recent months we have seen a wave of renaming initiatives around the world, which …

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An Interview with Isabella Hammad: Part Two

This is the second part of an interview with Isabella Hammad, the author of The Parisian: an epic tale of a Palestinian man’s journey beginning at the outbreak of the First World War.

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An Interview with Isabella Hammad: Part One

We had a chance to chat with The Parisian’s author, Isabella Hammad, about the broader …

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Churchill’s Legacy: Not Yet Set in Stone

Churchill had chosen the spot for his statue in Parliament Square himself, over a decade …

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Francis Galton: Eugenics and Modern Medicine

Galton’s political beliefs evidently undermined the rigour of his qualitative claims. What is less discussed …

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A Primer for Empire: Fletcher and Kipling’s School History of England

Charles Robert Leslie Fletcher (1857-1934) and Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) published A School History of England …

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The Whip: Revisiting Slavery and Capitalism through Shakespearean drama

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s latest production, The Whip, offers a thoughtful interpretation of the complex …

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Literature after the British Empire: V.S. Naipaul’s story

V.S. Naipaul’s writings provide a unique insight into his attempt at constructing authentic identity. When …

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MPs for MAs? The fall of Oxford University’s parliamentary constituency

This article looks back at the past voting habits of Oxford’s alumni, and at one …

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Capitalism and Slavery: The View to and from Oxford

A review of a lecture on 31 October 2019 by Professor Richard Drayton, Rhodes Professor …

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A Tale of Two Cities: Oxford’s Relief Road Controversy

Oxford’s current traffic problems have their roots in the 1920s, when car ownership increased dramatically. …

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Oxford and Colonial Atrocities: the Mau Mau Rebellion

Content warning: colonial violence and atrocities In 2011, four elderly Kenyans brought a celebrated legal …

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