Welcome to the Royal Historical Society’s new blog series!
- Do you work on race and its relationship to history, broadly defined?
- Have you tackled issues related to race within the classroom, at university, in the museum?
- And are you looking for a way to reflect upon your experiences, and analyse and share your thoughts?
‘Writing Race’ is keen to amplify your voice. We recognise that more formal means of publishing and disseminating race-related work takes time, and is not for everyone. We are looking for posts that are about 1,000 words in length, and can offer you advice on how to sharpen your writing for our blog series. And we will promote your posts through our social media channels, ensuring your thoughts get the reach they deserve.
If you’d like to write for the series, contact the blog series editor, Dr Diya Gupta, with your pitches.
Recent Posts in this Series
How should historians engage with the source materials that record and communicate empire from the perspective of imperial rule? Are there ways of working with sources that enable researchers to free themselves from the intellectual constraints imposed by historical imagery and its categorisation? Maria Creech explores her methodological approach to ‘unlearning’ imperialism.
In August of this year, the Society organised its first ‘positive action’ workshop for early-career historians of colour. The initiative was led by the RHS’s Race, Ethnicity and Equality Working Group which was responsible for the RHS’s Race Report (2018). Here, Dr Diya Gupta and Dr Jonathan Saha explain the motivations for the workshop, and reflect on the outcomes of what’s hoped will be the first in a programme of focused training events.
In the eleventh post for our ‘Writing Race’ series, Dr Amber Lascelles introduces the Black Health and the Humanities project at the University of Bristol. The project sits at the intersection of Black humanities and medical humanities, and brings together scholars whose research intervenes in Black health across a range of disciplines, including history, art, sociology, law, literature, media and theatre.
‘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.
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.
How do we study material culture taken from Africa during colonialism? In the next in our ‘Writing Race’ series, Allegra Ayida considers the material legacy of the nineteenth-century Itsekiri Chief, Nanna Olomu.
How do modern European nations remember the abolition of slavery, and how does this affect campaigns for racial justice? Olivia Durand introduces her research on France’s complicated relationship with abolitionism and slavery.
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.
In what ways did colonialism redefine and enforce concepts of sexual behaviour, and how do historians best recover the lives of those affected? For the ‘Writing Race’ series, Sudeshna Chatterjee considers the governance of commercial sex work in British India.
The work undertaken by lower caste Indian women during Second World War is both surprising and shocking. In the fourth post in the ‘Writing Race’ series, Urvi Khaitan reveals how many thousands of women worked above and below ground in mines or for the Labour Corps to support the allied war effort. Today their contributions and hardships remain little known.
In this third post for our new ‘Writing Race’ blog series, Serena Cheyenne — a recent MA graduate in Public History — recalls her own educational experience and argues for the opportunities provided by publicly-accessible digital technologies.
How can researchers work sensitively with recent oral histories? In this post for our new ‘Writing Race’ blog series, Jessica White reflects on the ethical questions she has encountered as a white postgraduate working on the history of race in modern Britain.