We run a number of free public events, check out our upcoming schedule below.
Thurs. November 18, 6-7PM
'THESE ARE NOT ORDINARY WOMEN':
EMPIRE, FAMINE, AND LABOUR IN SECOND WORLD WAR INDIA
Urvi Khaitan - Oxford University
Hidden beneath traditional historical narratives of the Second World War are the profound effects of war and famine on women in British India. With a colonial state that failed them, low-caste and indigenous (Adivasi) women disproportionately bore the impact of the resulting displacement and destitution.
This talk seeks to demonstrate that these women were not simply passive recipients of charity but actively looked for ways to survive, and in doing so, became part of an immense global supply chain supporting the Allied Second World War effort
Black History Month Lecture
Thurs. October 28, 6-7PM
BUILDING A BLACK ARTS DEMOS:
AUGUSTA SAVAGE & BLACK ARTS EDUCATION
Dr. Tracey Johnson - Rutgers University
This talk examines the life and work of the prolific African American
sculptor, Augusta Savage and examines the legacy of her teaching and
mentorship that reverberated through the civil rights movement.
Her close linkages with Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement
Association (UNIA) led Savage to embrace Black arts education as a
political and community-building tool to aid Black students traditionally shut out of New York's elite art schools.
Of Ghosts and Gravestones
Fri. October 29, 6-8PM
Little Clarendon St, Oxford
At this pre-Halloween evening, we will center ghost stories from the Town and University - and pose questions as to where do ghosts come from and what they tell us about histories that we are cannot bury completely
As we account for these stories, we will work in groups to create diamond poems that carry the themes of the eerie and spooky!
Imperial Amnesia: The Tirah Memorial
Fri. November 12, 6:30PM
Keble O'Reilly Theatre
We are collaborating with Votive Theatre for thier upcoming production Murder in Argos!
On Friday 12th November, Uncomfortable Oxford will be hosting a pre-show presentation on Oxford War Memorials and imperial amnesia. We’ll be delving into the past of the monuments we pass by every day and hosting a discussion with the audience.
Murder in Argos is not just an ancient play in modern dress; it is a timeless trial, presented to a modern jury as we shift through the lens of post-World War One British history. The play will question if Britain has ever been truly recognisable to ourselves amongst competing pulls of community and individuality, in history and the present.
You can watch Murder in Argos from Thu 11-Sun 14 Nov at the Keble O’Reilly Theatre.