This August India celebrates 70 years of independence, but denotified and nomadic communities will commemorate their own anniversary: 65 years since the repeal of the Criminal Tribes Act, one of the British Empire’s most draconian and relatively unknown pieces of legislation.
Histories of the Present
Shalini Sharma confronts Hindu nationalist revisionists engaging in a ‘post-truth’ use of postcolonial writings and arguments.
Jennifer Davis finds historical precedent for the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in Victorian era Kensington’s Jennings’ Buildings.
Onni Gust discusses curating the ‘Threads of Empire’ exhibition at the University of Nottingham and the politics of culture.
Gareth Stedman Jones reflects on the history of referenda, and the ways they can be used to bring about unconstitutional or unscrupulous changes in government.
Protesters from the US, UK, Canada and Ireland reflect on the Women’s March of 21 January 2017.
Australia’s policy of exclusion towards families who have a disabled child has meant the break-up and deportation of families.
Stephen Heathorn explores what the rise of the far right, authoritarianism and fascism looks like in the 21st century, as opposed to the 1930s.
An outspoken free press is one of the great obstacles to demagogues, who prefer simplistic propaganda to open public debate.
Protestors from around the world share their thoughts and experiences of the Women’s March, 21 January 2017.