Dr Shashi Tharoor revived debate about the legacy of the British Empire in early 2017, arguing in his book Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India that the British suffer from 'amnesia' with respect to their colonial exploits. Voices emerged in the wake of the book's released arguing for a more generous view of our long and complex imperial history. Following the debate at the Oxford Union in Hillary Term, we hope to continue the discussion about the true nature of British Empire and what, if anything, we should do about it now.
The Oxford Forum has invited a panel of experts to discuss the proposition: 'The Empire wronged the world and Britain should make amends'.
Prof. Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at Christ Church and author of Between Kin and Cosmopolis: An Ethic of the Nation
Lawrence James, historian and author of The Rise and Fall of the British Empire
Prof. Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Professor of International Relations at St Anthony's College and author of Echoes of Empire: Memory, Identity and Colonial Legacies
James Heartfield, former member of the Revolutionary Communist Party and author of The Aborigines' Protection Society
The event will be held in the Saskatchewan Lecture Theatre at Exeter College