Public engagement is our core focus, check out some of our past events below:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Led by directors Olivia & Paula
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
March 09, 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 31, 2019
Teaching Public History
As part of is mandate to continue facilitating public outreach and engagement, UnOx hosted an open workshop on 'Teaching Public History'.
Led by directors Olivia & Paula