In collaboration with RACE.ED, Retrospect Journal has published a special issue on the theme of “Race in Retrospective” in June 2021.
Drawing on contributors from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, our issue weaves an unofficial genealogy of race and racialisation at the University of Edinburgh, situating the ongoing work of RACE.ED in a wider context.
From the eighteenth century to the contemporary, our issue traces some of the ways in which race and racialisation have and remain embedded in our institution.
Our contributors take on a number of live issues, including the racial disparities marked by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; the legacies of David Hume; and contemporary demands for reparatory justice.
We shift from the micro to the macro, from the experiences of Black womanhood in the academy to the structural racism that remains embedded across twenty-first century Scotland.
This issue aspires to alter the conversation and focus minds onto the ways in which issues of race have and continue to mark the University of Edinburgh.