Professor Philip Murphy, director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, is ‘extremely sceptical’ about the ‘old, tattered, comfort blanket’ of Commonwealth as Empire 2.0.
‘Decolonisation’ has become a buzzword. However, few of those who deploy the term know much about its history, and perhaps more surprisingly, the same is true for ‘enlightenment’. This blissful tandem of historical ignorance is not as innocent as it appears. For many of today’s ‘postcolonial’ and ‘decolonial’ critical theorists and activists, the Enlightenment is the […]
Dr Joseph Ford believes that falling admissions to modern languages (ML) programmes at UK universities and the ongoing threat of closure to some departments, makes it incumbent on academics to consider their research within the wider teaching landscape. ‘Doing so’, says the early career researcher, ‘will help promote it as a discipline that offers students […]
The director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS), Professor Philip Murphy, writes about his new book, The Empire’s New Clothes, the Myth of the Commonwealth, which was published by Hurst in April.
As London prepares to host the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, senior research fellows at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS), provide a challenging range of views on how the Commonwealth which emerged out of empire can renew itself as a vibrant force for the future. In the first of a series of responses […]
Britain’s free-trade driven post-EU ambitions pose ‘grave consequences for medium and small Commonwealth countries,’ explains Dr Kevin Barker. ‘Caribbean and Pacific states will need to swim against the anti-integration ideological tide that secured victory for Brexit by shoring up their own regional integration movements and speaking to Britain in one voice.
We talk to the director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS), who says ‘far from gently fading away, the collective memory of empire and its consequences is becoming an ever more prominent element in current political debates.’
Dr Sarah Stockwell, a senior lecturer in Imperial and Commonwealth History at King’s College London, discuss the latest in a series of decolonisation workshops organised by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. I am greatly looking forward to the upcoming workshop ‘The hidden history of decolonisation’ at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS) on 20 February. […]
Dag Hammarskjöld left a lasting imprint on the United Nations and on approaches to global policy issues. This Colloquium will assess his legacy and will explore his role vis-à-vis the global South and decolonization, especially on the African continent.
The lecture interrogates the intriguing features of statehood and politics in Africa. It argues that the decolonisation process in Africa is incomplete without the liberation of the state which retains its colonial cast and remains the locus and embodiment of colonisation. This process is already underway in different forms and at various stages all over […]