Why history? Vanished: extinction past and present

Thu 17 Sep 2020, 18:00 - 19:00

The British Academy on YouTube

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Sharing insights from the past that help us to make sense of the present.

In 19th-century Britain it was common to import foreign peoples to perform in special exhibitions for the paying public. While consumers were enticed by the chance to see faraway peoples and their cultures – some of whom exhibition managers suggested were remnants of dying races, scientists used the shows to conduct research into human racial difference. These shows left a lasting legacy for how we understand race to this day. Join Sadiah Qureshi as she discusses the connections between race, empire and the history of extinction, drawing parallels with the present.

Speaker: Dr Sadiah Qureshi, British Academy Mid-Career Fellow; Senior Lecturer in Modern History, University of Birmingham

Chair: Farhana Haider, Journalist and Broadcaster, Presenter for the BBC World Service’s Witness History

Free, booking required

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Image: The Crystal Palace from the Great Exhibition, installed at Sydenham: sculptures of prehistoric creatures in the foreground. Colour Baxter-process print by G. Baxter, 1864(?). Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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