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statue of Christopher Codrington in the library of All Saints College, Oxford

Thursday 24 March 2022, 6pm
The Chapel, King Alfred Quarter, University of Winchester

What is the role of an Anglican foundation in decolonising university education? Is there a particular or unique obligation? This presentation suggests that the Anglican Church's complicity with racial capitalism (the transatlantic slave trade) in the West Indies requires all Anglican foundations to take a lead in university decolonisation. Making a centrepiece of the Anglican Church's role in education at the Codrington Plantation in Barbados (1710-1834/8), Professor Beckford's presentation will argue for a plan of redemptive education, underlined by ' educational fugitivity' or subversion of traditional ways of university thinking and teaching.

This multi-media lecture will feature excerpts from Beckford's independent film project After Noah (2022), BBC Radio World Service documentary The Codrington Estate (2022), Climate Justice/Racial Justice collaboration with Christian Aid (2022) and his contemporary urban music project The Jamaican Bible Remix (2017).

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautifully restored victorian chapel to enjoy this free lecture. We are constantly monitoring the local situation with regards to Covid infections in order to keep our student, staff and visitors as safe as possible. In the event that we decide to close our campus to visitors, this lecture will be streamed live online. This would be communicated via email to all registered attendees at least 24 hours in advance of the event.

Light refreshments will be available from 5.30pm, the lecture will begin promptly at 6pm and conclude with an opportunity to ask questions.

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