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Public engagement is our core focus, check out some of our past events below:

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Past Events

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October 8, 2022

World Homeless Day 2022

For World Homeless Day 2022, Uncomfortable Oxford partnered with several charities to host an awareness-raising event, combining an awareness-raising wlaking tour about Oxford's social and eocnonmic inequalities in the past and present and a charities' fair showcasing the work done locally.

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Learn more about the event in this news article.

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May 19, 2022

Slavery and Empire on display: the Beckford objects at Charlecote Park

The talk told the story William Thomas Beckford’s wealth and his ultimate financial decline which led to the sale of his vast Fonthill Abbey estate and its contents, highlighting how Warwickshire was not a provincial, isolated county but rather connected to the global institution of slavery.

It explored how Charlecote Park and the Lucy family, though not directly involved with slavery and imperialism, benefitted from them and how the display of these objects projected social status in the 18th century.

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A talk given by Annabelle Gilmore

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February 24, 2022

Did the British Empire spread laws criminalizing homosexuality around the world? 

Historian Dr. Joseph O'Mahoney asked us why is being gay legal in some countries and punishable by years in prison in others? Historical and statistical research reveals that the major factor is British colonialism.

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October 28, 2021

Black History Month Lecture

Dr. Tracey Johnson talked about 'Building Black Arts Demos': a presentation on the life of African American sculptor, Augusta Savage, and her role in developing Black Arts Education in New York City. 

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March 4, 2021

Imperial Feminisms: Women and the British Empire

An interactive talk with Uncomfortable Oxford and FemThinkDo exploring the entanglements between empire-making and the feminist movement, including the story of Makereti.

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Learn more about FemThinkDo

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February 28, 2020

Weston Library Lates: Talking Maps

The Weston Library

We hosted three stalls that highlighted how we place ourselves in the world and different approaches to mapping.

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Past workshop

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October 18-28, 2019

Ideas Festival - Literary Tour Launch

Uncomfortable Oxford participated in the Ideas Festival this past October to launch our brand new Uncomfortable Literature Tour.

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Learn more about IF Oxford

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July 03, 2019

Divest & Decolonise - Alternative Open Days Tour

In collaboration with the Oxford Climate Justice Campaign (OCJC), UnOx ran a free 'Protest' tour calling for university divestment.

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For more on OCJC, click here.

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March 07, 2019

'Feminine Foundations' - Women's History Tour of Oxford

To celebrate International Women's Day, UnOx ran a free walking tour highlighting women's history in Oxford.

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Led by directors Olivia & Paula

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October 6, 2022

The Rhode to Home Rule: Cecil Rhodes and the Irish Independence Movement

Oxford Scholar Seamus Nevin discussed his research on Cecil Rhodes and the Irish Independence Movement at this special lecture, in collaboration with the Museum of Oxford.

Using a number of newly discovered sources, this talk shed fresh light on a highly significant, yet understudied episode in British imperial history, and posed questions about the relationship between Irish nationalism and British imperialism.

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Learn more about the vents hosted by the Museum of Oxford.

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April 28, 2022

Josephine Morcashani: A dandy diva playing with gender and race in music halls across Europe.

This talk covered the career of a Black British music hall star known across Europe as a glamorous cross-dressing diva: Her story gives us a fascinating glimpse into how Black women performers could make careers for themselves in the face of racial and gendered stereotypes:

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A talk given by Dr. Jeff Bowersox

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February 3, 2022

Proctors and Prostitutes

Director and researcher Olivia Durand gave a lecture for the Museum of Oxford on the historical policing of women by the University of Oxford, raising the question of a woman's safety and legitimacy on the streets.

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Talk given by Olivia Durand

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May 13, 2021

Politics and Protest in 20th c. Oxford: The Remarkable Life of Olive Gibbs

Local Oxfordshire historian Liz Woolley gave a talk on the life and legacy of Olive Gibbs, former Lord Mayor of Oxford

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October 1-31, 2020

IF Festival 2020

Uncomfortable Scavenger Hunts

Throughout the festival, we developed 5 self-guided Uncomfortable Scavenger Hunts of Oxford's neighbourhoods, highlighting their rich histories and local initiatives.

Ressources still available on this page.

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Learn about IF Oxford

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November 30, 2019

Activism in Oxford - Discussion Cafe

In collaboration with Common Ground, our first Discussion Cafe showcased 'Activism in Oxford', hightlighting the history of activism in the city and university, while meeting modern activists still fighting for change. 

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Past Discussion Cafes

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October 18, 2019

Mackinder's Uncomfortable Legacy

Uncomfortable Oxford teamed up with the School of Geography for a special lecture on Halford Mackinder, given by expert Gerry Kearns.

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Missed it? Watch it here!

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June 22, 2019

Windrush Day - Uncomfortable Object Talks at the Ashmolean

UnOx ran 'Uncomfortable Object' talks at the Ashmolean Museum as part of the Windrush Day events.

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Talks given by Paula Larsson

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March 09, 2019

Children's Tour:

Oxford Hub Branch Up Program

In collaboration with the Oxford Hub, UnOx ran a special children's tour tour for children participating in the Branch Up Program.

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Learn more about Branch Up

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June 12, 2022

Ayah’s Home: Memorialising the Empire’s Ayah’s in Hackney

Ayahs were colonial caregivers, mostly from South Asia who were hired to help colonial English families with their young children. Many of them were employed to look after young children on the long ship journeys between India and Britain. On arrival to the UK, there were an astounding number of these women who were abandoned by these families, who no longer required their service, with no pay, no shelter, and no way to get back home - which they were often falsely promised. In London, this resulted in the Ayahs’ Home to be opened in Hackney. The talk zent over the efforts to have this story recovered and memorialised, in particular through Farhana Mamoojee's efforts to grant the place a Blue Plaque, successful in 2022.

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Learn more about Farhana Mamoojee's Ayah's Home research.

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March 6; 2022

Colonial Connections Series: On Orientalism

The second iteration of our collaboration with Kolkata-based Immersive Trails, the virtual tour highlighted how the connection between Britain and India was framed by a corpus of representations and theories aimed at othering indigenous agency and culture while building the colonial relationship.

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Learn about the work of Immersive Trails

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November 18, 2021

These are not ordinary women

Researcher Urvi Khaitan gave a talk on the intersection between empire, famine, labour, and gender in India during the Second World War.

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March 24, 2021

Discollecting the Museum

Uncomfortable Oxford held an interactive virtual tour of Pitt Rivers Museum, focusing on modes of (dis)collecting, display, and critical analysis of the museum space.

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March 8, 2020

International Women's Day 2020 with OSARCC and OUSU

For International Women's Day 2020, we teamed up with the Oxford Rape Crisis Centre and the Student Union to offer a free walking tour focusing of histories of women in Oxford and women that made history.

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Learn about OSARCC's work

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November 23, 2019

Death at Tea Time - Discussion Cafe

As part of the Being Human Festival 2019, we ran 'Death at Teatime' event in collaboration with the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities.

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Being Human Festival

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August 14, 2019

Film Viewing: The Apology

On International Memorial Day for Japanese Military 'Comfort Women', join us for a movie screening of an award-winning film tracing the lives of three survivors in their complex experiences, trauma, and fights for justice.

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May 04-26th, 2019

'Uncomfortable Oxford' Display - Uncomfortable Histories Exhibition

UnOx contributed a display to the 'Uncomfortable Histories - Artistic Responses' Exhibition hosted at the Backlit Gallery in Nottingham from May 04-26th.

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January 31, 2019

Workshop:

Teaching Public History

As part of is mandate to continue facilitating public outreach and engagement, UnOx hosted an open workshop on 'Teaching Public History'.

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Led by directors Olivia & Paula

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