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Will European countries ever take meaningful steps to end colonial legacies?

Wikimedia Commons Michael McEachrane, Lund University Centuries of European colonialism have had a tremendous impact on shaping inequities within and among countries, many of which are yet to be effectively addressed. This may seem like a trivial statement, but it is only recently being recognised by EU countries. In 2019, the European Parliament passed a Resolution on the Fundamental Rights …

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The Battle of Algiers: an iconic film whose message of hope still resonates today

Yacef Saadi (R), military leader of the FLN National Liberation Front networks of the autonomous zone of Algiers, poses after being captured at the end of the “Battle of Algiers”. Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images Maria Flood, University of Liverpool Saadi Yacef, the Algerian revolutionary leader who fought for his country’s liberation from French colonial rule, died on 10 …

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CGI influencers: when the ‘people’ we follow on social media aren’t human

Shanvood/Shutterstock Francesca Sobande, Cardiff University Social media influencers – people famous primarily for posting content online – are often accused of presenting artificial versions of their lives. But one group in particular is blurring the line between real and fake. Created by tech-savvy teams using computer-generated imagery, CGI or virtual influencers look and act like real people, but are in …

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Taking the knee in football: why this act of protest has always been political

PA Images/Alamy Paul Ian Campbell, University of Leicester The England football team’s preparations for the 2020 European Championships were recently overshadowed by some of their own supporters’ decision to boo the team for “taking the knee” before matches. This was about players showing support for the fight against racism and campaigning for meaningful change in football, and not about frontline …

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Climate crisis: how museums could inspire radical action

The Gallery of Ecological Art (formerly China gallery) at the British Museum of Decolonised Nature. Image courtesy John Zhang and Studio JZ, Author provided Colin Sterling, UCL and Rodney Harrison, UCL When Victorian tea-merchant Frederick Horniman was looking to build a new home for his extensive collection of natural and cultural artefacts, his own back garden offered the perfect spot. …

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The Angolan dancers who helped South African anthem Jerusalema go global

Angolan dance troupe Fenómenos do Semba. Courtesy Adilson Maiza for Fenómenos do Semba Ananya Jahanara Kabir, King’s College London In February the Angolan dance troupe Fenómenos do Semba created the viral #JerusalemaDanceChallenge video that showed off their dance moves to the South African hit song Jerusalema. Their video is set in a backyard in Luanda, where they break into a …

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How the dimensions of human inequality affect who and what we are

A Black Lives Matter protester in Senegal. JOHN WESSELS/AFP via Getty Images

A Black Lives Matter protester in Senegal. JOHN WESSELS/AFP via Getty Images Göran Therborn, University of Cambridge What does it mean to be human today? It is an excellent starting point for thinking about human inequality. To be human, in an elementary sense, means three things. First, you are a sexed living organism, capable of feeling pain and pleasure and …

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