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Animated by social movements such as #RhodesMustFall and #BlackLivesMatter, universities today have entered a period of critical self-reflection on their histories.
The renaming of campus buildings, removal of statues and re-branding of whole universities are all evidence of this trend towards uncovering higher education’s colonial legacies.
Yet this emphasis on campus iconography, or even on the campus itself, skirts a deeper history of universities and empire.
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