Why Historically-white Sororities and Fraternities are racially problematic in US universities

Why Historically-white Sororities and Fraternities are racially problematic in US universities

‘Greek Life’ is a distinctive part of the social and cultural experience of universities in the United States, and has faced recent scrutiny for acts of racism, sexism and homophobia. Yet, as Dr Taulby Edmondson argues here — in the latest article in the ‘Writing Race’ series — the existence of longstanding Black sororities and fraternities complicate calls for an end to this culture. Studying how minorities use and transform predominantly white institutions raises questions about how we go about deconstructing the white supremacy within them.

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RHS Publication, Research and Teaching Awards, 2021

RHS Publication, Research and Teaching Awards, 2021

The 2021 Royal Historical Society Awards were announced on Friday 23 July. Eleven categories recognise excellence in publication, research and teaching, awarded jointly with the Institute of Historical Research. Here you can learn more about the winners and runners-up, and their work, and watch the awards ceremony which was held this year by video.

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Royal Historical Society Awards, 2021 – Publications, Research and Teaching

Royal Historical Society Awards, 2021 – Publications, Research and Teaching

On Friday 23 July we announce the winners of the 2021 Royal Historical Society Awards for Publications, Research and Teaching. The RHS Awards are an opportunity for the Society, and wider historical community, to recognise and celebrate just some of the recent achievements and hard work of historians in 2020-21. In this post, learn more about the award categories and shortlists ahead of Friday’s announcements.

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Cannabis, Race, and Mental Illness in Britain, 1980-1993

Cannabis, Race, and Mental Illness in Britain, 1980-1993

For the ninth post in the RHS ‘Writing Race’ blog series, Jamie Banks investigates ‘cannabis psychosis’ and its disproportionate diagnosis amongst Britain’s Afro-Caribbean communities. Studying this intersection of medicine, culture, and policing brings to light the methodological difficulties around motivation and responsibility which racism poses for historians. 

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When Rhodes was not built

When Rhodes was not built

Statues and commemorations of Cecil Rhodes provoke strongly reactions. In this post from the ‘Writing Race’ series, Durba Ghosh considers the longer history of Rhodes statuary. This, she reveals, has been equally turbulent.

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The Future of (Teaching) the Past

The Future of (Teaching) the Past

What happens when a university Digital History module goes online during lockdown? You might think this digital switch would be straightforward for ‘born digital’ students. But as Dr Jessica van Horssen explains, experimenting remotely with digital tools for research and communication poses its own challenges.

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