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exploring the hidden legacies of empire


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We invite you to share how empire has personally impacted you and your work

To get involved please email:

colonialhangover at warwick dot ac dot uk


Welcome to the Colonial Hangover Magazine.

As the memories of colonialism begin to fade from the national psyche, it is more vital than ever that the next generation continues to learn about the impact of empire on British society and culture. This is why we have created a space for people to have conversations around the legacy of empire.

The Colonial Hangover Magazine is unique, in that for the first time it gives students and academics a level platform to share how these legacies have impacted them. This is so important as it emphasises how Empire shapes the lives of everyone - from all backgrounds, and all corners of the UK and Commonwealth. It is our hope, therefore, that the magazine at least helps to partially fill this gap in the British education system, and allows the future leaders of tomorrow to challenge conceptions and legacies of the past.

We envision the Colonial Hangover Magazine to be more than a detached academic commentary, but a friendly companion to the contemporary quotidian that reaches minority youth across the globe struggling to find their footing in society; the curious scholar looking for diverse perspectives to current events; and the ordinary citizen simply seeking further coherence in their daily life.

As a team, there are a number of acknowledgements that we need to make. This platform would not be here, but for the generosity of so many people:

Professor Matthew Watson - for creating a space in the department for two south Asian students to come to him with the idea of Colonial Hangover, and whose support for widening participation shows no boundaries. His allyship has impacted, and continues to impact, so many students across the country.

The Contributors - for believing in the concept, giving up their time to write for us, and for so eloquently sharing their ideas.

The Students we work with - for constantly inspiring, challenging and questioning the concepts we as academics take for granted. We hope their work continues to challenge your own perceptions, as they have ours.

Past Research Assistants - Nikita Shah, Honey Fafowora (15/16), Taznema Khatum, Jonas Eberhardt (16/17), Marium Rafiq, Wing Yan Hui (17/18), Ben Hayday, Alex Delameilleure (18/19) - for building the foundations of what the magazine is today.

The Politics and International Studies Department – for providing endless support and guidance for so many years. Especially Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams, Professor Juanita Elias, Alex Nee, Jason Dymydiuk.