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Race and Decolonial Studies

Welcome to the Race and Decolonial Studies Guide - giving you information on library resources and services relating to race, critical race studies and decolonial work.

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RACE.ED is a cross-university network concerned with race, racialization and decolonial studies from a multidisciplinary perspective.

RACE.ED showcases excellence in teaching, research and knowledge, exchange, impact (KEI) in race and decolonial studies at The University of Edinburgh.

The Digital Empire

Giving evidence to a Parliamentary Select Committee in 1852, the philosopher John Stuart Mill said:

“…the whole Government of India is carried on in writing. All the orders given, and all the acts of the executive officers, are reported in writing, and the whole of the original correspondence is sent to the Home Government; so that there is no single act done in India, the whole of the reasons for which are not placed on record.”

These archives of empire, from British rule over the Indian subcontinent to King Leopold’s brutal exploitation of Congo, are available digitally to students at Edinburgh to conduct original research into the history and legacies of colonialism.

This recording of a Dissertation Festival session takes you through 3 of the digital archives available to students and staff at University of Edinburgh that allow you to explore the histories and legacies of colonialism. 

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