Decolonising History

As a department, we are working to decolonise the way we teach, research, and work with one another. Our expertise is among the most diverse and wide-ranging in the country, stretching from the beginning of the second millennium to the present, and spanning much of the world – and we are committed to extending our coverage even further. Our collective engagement with such a broad swathe of human experience encourages us to reflect on how the study of history can promote empathy and respect for everyone and the ability to recognise and challenge injustice where it exists. It also encourages us to think about how we understand the past in different ways and from a range of different perspectives and intellectual traditions. For us, decolonising represents an opportunity to work with new frameworks and approaches, enabling a richer understanding of the processes and structures that have made our world what it is today – and what we can do to make it better. We welcome students from all backgrounds, from all parts of the country and world, and we endeavour to support and work with them to create a truly universal space of learning. We aim to provide an education which enables students to become empowered, thoughtful and ethically responsible global citizens, aware of their pasts, equipped to meet the challenges of an interdependent world, and able to work for a better future. [Read the full mission statement here]

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