Oxford does not boycott Oriel and is itself funded by the imperialists
Kate Tunstall – Clarendon Professor of French, Worcester College
Kate Tunstall, Acting Provost at Worcester College, holds the post of Clarendon French teacher in addition to a Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones Fellow post. The Clarendon Chair is named after Edward Hyde, the 1st Earl of Clarendon, an English statesman and diplomat best known for his role as chief advisor to Charles I.
During this time he was one of the eight landowner lords entitled to the land that would become the province of Carolina.
The Lords Proprietors sent 150 settlers to the Carolina province in 1670, and on top of that took over from the settler commanders in Bermuda, which facilitated trade between the province and the West Indies.
The government led by the first earl (and later his son) would continue to lead forces against the Indians of North Carolina, some of whom were taken prisoner to be shipped and sold as slaves.
Danny Dorling – Halford Mackinder Professor of Human Geography
Danny Dorling has been at the Oxford School of Geography and the Environment since September 2013, after previous stints in Newcastle, Sheffield and New Zealand.
His most recent work focuses on the ‘income shock’ of the pandemic, the economic impact of the coronavirus among disadvantaged groups, and free school lunch policies across Europe.
Earlier this week, Dorling told The Telegraph that the action was intended to demonstrate to Oriel that academics were “not very happy with what had happened.”
His chair is named after Halford Mackinder, the first director of the School of Geography who was also an imperialist.
Mackinder is recognized as one of the founding fathers of geopolitics. Mackinder dedicated his life’s work to the revival of the British Empire, which he saw as viable in the aftermath of World War II. Mackinder had done much of his own teaching at Oxford, in the purpose-built museum by the university.
Dr Agnieszka Kościańska – Guest professor of Leverhulme
A doctor since 2007, Agnieszka Kościańska, born in Poland, is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Warsaw.
Her research interests are listed as including sexuality and queerness, while her recent projects include special journal articles on gender, sexuality and “the science of sex in a space of uncertainty.” [to modernise] Eastern Europe, past and present ”.
She also did a residency at Edinburgh College of Art, in which she presented LGBT performance pieces.
Dr Kościańska’s work with Russian and East European Studies at Oxford University is fully funded by the Leverhulme Trust, which exists due to the financial legacy of Lord Leverhulme, who established plantations in the Belgian Congo in the 1910s using forced labor.
Although they do not technically meet the definition of slavery, historians have noted that many Africans have died as a result of working conditions on the eponymous Lever plantations.
Dan Hodgkinson – Early Career Leverhulme Fellow
Dr Dan Hodgkinson counts race and nationalism, Zimbabwe and Southern Africa among his research interests, in which he endeavors “to explore how people think about and reflect on their pasts and their actions during the years. periods of dramatic political and social change ”.
He had previously worked as a political consultant for clients such as Save the Children, the United Nations and the Council of Europe. His doctorate focused on the activism that took place among “elite” students in Zimbabwe and Rhodesia, who would use their status to their advantage to effect political change.
Dr Hodgkinson’s place at Oxford was secured through his Early Career Fellowship, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, with the intention of “undertaking important publishable work”.
He studies for three years full time, which is fully supported financially by the Trust.
Kathrin Bachleitner – IKEA Foundation researcher in international relations
Fellow of the Refugee Studies Center at the University of Oxford, Dr Kathrin Bachleitner is the IKEA Foundation Fellow in International Relations at Lady Margaret Hall. She received her Masters and Doctorate in Philosophy from the University and is described as focusing on “Identity, Memory and Collective Values” in the discipline of international relations.
Prior to her work at Oxford, she had worked for the European Union, the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and aid organizations in the Palestinian Territories.
In 2012, IKEA admitted to using East German political prisoners to manufacture its products for more than a decade during the Cold War. She said the findings of a report on the use of forced labor by her suppliers in the Communist bloc were a source of “deep regret.”
Cabinets, chairs, and other household items were mass produced in the 1970s and 1980s by GDR prisoners who had been held by the regime for their political views.
Professor Wale Adebanwi – Rhodes Professor of Race Relations
Professor Adebanwi is Rhodes Professor of Race Relations and a Fellow of St Antony’s College. He is co-editor of the Journal of the International African Institute and focuses on ethnicity, nationalism and democratic politics in relation to social thought.
The Rhodes Professor of Race Relations was established in the early 1950s, following a donation from the Rhodesian Selection Trust which requested that it be named in memory of Cecil Rhodes.
The chair was never funded either by Rhodes himself or by his financial legacy.
Earlier this year, The Telegraph revealed that the University of Oxford was trying to change the title to Professorship of African Studies. The name change, which was recorded in the Oxford Gazette, has already been approved by the university council and the general goals committee and must now be approved by the Congregation, meaning academics will be able to vote .