Ruth Ramsden-Karelse is founder and co-convener of the Oxford Queer Studies Network and a DPhil candidate in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford. The inaugural Stuart Hall Doctoral Studentship, in association with Merton College, the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and the Stuart Hall Foundation, supports her research on queer femininities in communities formerly classified “Coloured” in the Western Cape of South Africa, from 1950 to the present, with a specific focus on the Kewpie Photographic Collection
Ruth’s writing has appeared in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. She is a 2019-2020 Merton College Prize Scholar, and is currently acting as the elected Postgraduate Representative for the Royal Geographical Society’s Space, Sexualities and Queer Research Group. She served on the panel of judges for Miss Gay Western Cape 2018.
Ruth has an MA in Culture and Thought After 1945 and a BA in English and Related Literature, both from The University of York, as well as a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from Canterbury Christ Church University. Prior to commencing her DPhil, Ruth spent three years teaching English at a comprehensive secondary school in London, where she established student-led discussion and action groups and worked with a borough-wide anti-bullying steering group to promote student welfare.
Legacies of British Slave Ownership with Catherine Hall and Ruth Ramsden-Karelse
Catherine Hall and Ruth Ramsden-Karelse discuss the Legacies of British Slave Ownership. They explore the importance of new histories, reparations, working to decolonise education and shifting collective memories to imagine new futures.
The most recent wave of Black Lives Matter protests rejuvenated popular debates over the removal of statues of British slave owners from public spaces. The fall of the Edward Colston statue in Bristol and calls to remove statues of Winston Churchill, Lord Nelson and Cecil Rhodes has forced the British public to reconsider questions of history and colonial legacies.
Read more about our #ReconstructionWork project here.
Catherine Hall is Emerita Professor of History and Chair of the Centre of the Study of British Slave-ownership at UCL. She has written extensively on the history of Britain and its empire including Civilising Subjects (2002) Macaulay and Son (2012) and, with others, Legacies of British Slave-ownership (2014). From 2009-2016 she was principal investigator on the LBS project www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs. She is currently writing a book on Edward Long, Jamaica and racial capitalism. She is a trustee of the Stuart Hall Foundation.
Ruth Ramsden-Karelse is founder and co-convener of the Oxford Queer Studies Network and a DPhil candidate in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford. The inaugural Stuart Hall Doctoral Studentship, in association with Merton College, the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and the Stuart Hall Foundation, supports her research on the world-making capacity of collaborative works by self-described gays and girls from communities formerly classified “Coloured” in Cape Town, South Africa, from 1950 to the present, with a specific focus on the Kewpie Photographic Collection. Ruth’s writing has appeared in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies.
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