Race and Research: On whiteness and the study of Africa

Simukai Chigudu is Associate Professor of African Politics at the Oxford Department of International Development and Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford.

He is currently writing a book called, When Will We Be Free? Living in the Shadow of Empire and the Struggle for Decolonisation, (forthcoming with The Bodley Head and Crown, 2024). This book will combine memoir, political history and cultural criticism to show how colonialism continues to shape politics, society and culture in Africa and in Britain and to explore what it really means to decolonise.

In this talk, he will speak with Dr Catherine Grasham on decolonising knowledge production in Africa, colonial legacies and Rhodes Must Fall.