Free Events

To ensure accessibility, Uncomfortable Oxford endeavours to organise regular free, public events on uncomfortable topics.

Past Events

Upcoming Discussion Cafes

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Activism in Oxford - Discussion Cafe

November 30, 2019

Last term we launched a termly 'Discussion Cafe' Series, in collaboration with Common Ground, showcasing different aspects of Oxford and its past.

Our first Discussion Cafe showcased 'Activism in Oxford', hightlighting the history of activism in the city and university, while meeting modern activists still fighting for change. 

Missed it? Watch it here!

Mackinder's Uncomfortable Legacy

October 18, 2019

Uncomfortable Oxford teamed up with the School of Geography for a special lecture on Halford Mackinder, given by expert Gerry Kearns. Mackinder's imperialist activities have bequeathed us a troubling legacy; a legacy of force and racism.

This event was open to the public and the 1st of All-School Seminar in Geography.

Talks given by Paula Larsson

Windrush Day - Uncomfortable Object Talks at the Ashmolean

June 22, 2019

UnOx ran 'Uncomfortable Object' talks at the Ashmolean Museum as part of the Windrush Day events.


Topics covered were:

  1. The purpose of a Museum

  2. Repatriation and Archaeology

  3. Archaeology and Colonial Influence

  4. Ethics of Display: Human Remains

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Children's Tour:

Oxford Hub Branch Up Program

March 09, 2019

In collaboration with the Oxford Hub, UnOx ran a special children's tour tour for children participating in the Branch Up Program. Titled 'Global Oxford' this tour was a fun object scavenger hunt designed to demonstrate Oxford's entanglement with the wider world in a fun, engaging way. 

Being Human Festival


Ideas Festival - Literary Tour Launch

October 18-28, 2019

As part of the Being Human Festival 2019, we ran 'Death at Teatime' event in collaboration with the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities.


Hosted at the Jam Factory, this drop-in event encouraged conversations around death and dying in Oxford, past and present. We welcomed anyone to come along, enjoy an afternoon tea and enter into the often-taboo discussion of death.

Follow the movement here.

Film Viewing: The Apology

August 14, 2019

On International Memorial Day for Japanese Military 'Comfort Women', join us for a movie screening of an award-winning film tracing the lives of three survivors in their complex experiences, trauma, and fights for justice.

This event was organised by Woohee Kim and Ming Zee Tee, co-sponsored by Uncomfortable Oxford and TORCH.

'Uncomfortable Oxford' Display - Uncomfortable Histories Exhibition

May 04-26th, 2019

UnOx contributed a display to the 'Uncomfortable Histories - Artistic Responses' Exhibition hosted at the Backlit Gallery in Nottingham from May 04-26th. 

Sponsored by Nottingham Trent University, the exhibition displayed artistic responses to difficult histories, featuring the work of academics who research these topics. 

Led by directors Olivia & Paula


Teaching Public History

January 31, 2019

As part of is mandate to continue facilitating public outreach and engagement, UnOx hosted an open workshop on 'Teaching Public History'. The goal was to provide basic training to participants in public speaking, accessible language, story-telling, and how to present in a public space.

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Ideas Festival - Literary Tour Launch

October 18-28, 2019

Uncomfortable Oxford participated in the Ideas Festival this past October to launch our brand new Uncomfortable Literature Tour. We ran it 4 times with over 100 participants!


Through the lens of narrative we fostered conversations about mental health, repatriation, access, reputation, and the intersection of science and literature.

For more on OCJC, click here.

Divest & Decolonise - Alternative Open Days Tour

July 03, 2019

In collaboration with the Oxford Climate Justice Campaign (OCJC), UnOx ran a free 'Protest' tour calling for university divestment from unethical sources of wealth - fossil fuels, weapons, and companies known to be involved in human rights abuses.

This tour ran during the Oxford Open Day on July 03, 2019.

Led by directors Olivia & Paula

'Feminine Foundations' - Women's History Tour of Oxford

March 07, 2019

To celebrate International Women's Day, UnOx ran a free walking tour highlighting women's history in Oxford - learning about the role of women in the university before they were admitted as students, as well as their struggles and resilience in the face of traditions and gender norms in the past.

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