Between Europe and the Black Atlantic

*This piece was originally published in Black Perspectives, the blog of The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS). It is part of the AAIHS blog series on Black Europe, which explores what it means to bring the category of Black Europe to the foreground of scholarship on Europe and the Black Atlantic. Reprinted with permission. Writing seventy years after the Empire Windrush docked in Essex, Dr Caroline Bressey (UCL Geography) argued in this … Continue reading Between Europe and the Black Atlantic

Echoes of the past: Toppling statues of Colston and Lenin

Dr Uilleam Blacker, Lecturer in Comparative Culture of Eastern Europe at UCL, examines the historical precedents for toppling statues of controversial figures. Feature image: Luke Fowler (@lu_fowler on Instagram) Watching the toppling of Bristol’s Edward Colston monument, I was struck by echoes of the fate of another dubious statue: Kyiv’s Lenin monument. The Bolshevik leader was pulled down in 2013 amid anti-government protests sparked first by … Continue reading Echoes of the past: Toppling statues of Colston and Lenin