Decolonizing History: Enquiry and Practice

Behm, Amanda; Fryar, Christienna; Hunter, Emma; Leake, Elisabeth; Lewis, Su Lin and Miller-Davenport, Sarah. 2020. Decolonizing History: Enquiry and Practice. History Workshop Journal, 89, pp. 169-191. ISSN 1363-3554 [Article]

[img]
Preview
Text
Decolonizing History—Copyedited.pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial.

Download (281kB) | Preview

Abstract or Description

On the back of the Royal Historical Society’s 2018 report on race and ethnicity, as well as ongoing discussions about ‘decolonizing the syllabus’, this is a conversation piece titled, ‘Decolonizing History: Enquiry and Practice’. While ‘decolonization’ has been a key framework for historical research, it has assumed increasingly varied and nebulous meanings in teaching, where calls for ‘decolonizing’ are largely divorced from the actual end of empire. How does ‘decolonizing history’ relate to the study of decolonization? And can history, as a field of practice and study, be ‘decolonized’ without directly taking up histories of empire? Using the RHS report as a starting point, this conversation explores how we ‘decolonize history’. We argue that, rather than occurring through tokenism or the barest diversification of reading lists and course themes, decolonizing history requires rigorous critical study of empire, power and political contestation, alongside close reflection on constructed categories of social difference. Bringing together scholars from several UK universities whose teaching and research ranges across modern historical fields, this piece emphasizes how the study of empire and decolonization can bring a necessary global perspective to what tend to be framed as domestic debates on race, ethnicity, and gender.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1093/hwj/dbz052

Additional Information:

This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in History Workshop Journal following peer review. The version of record Behm, Amanda; Fryar, Christienna; Hunter, Emma; Leake, Elisabeth; Lewis, Su Lin and Miller-Davenport, Sarah. 2020. Decolonizing History: Enquiry and Practice. History Workshop Journal, 89, pp. 169-191. ISSN 1363-3554 is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/hwj/dbz052.

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

History

Dates:

DateEvent
1 July 2019Accepted
17 February 2020Published Online
2020Published

Item ID:

31520

Date Deposited:

25 Feb 2022 09:20

Last Modified:

25 Feb 2022 09:20

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

https://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/31520

View statistics for this item...

Edit Record Edit Record (login required)