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What Are the Economics of Reparation? Panel Discussion

Festival of Economics
Reparation Panel

We The Curious  |  £8 /£6

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Our panellists discuss what reparations for the descendants of enslaved people should be, and the importance and role of reparations in addressing racial injustice.

In the USA, much as been written about a reparations programme but the conversation in the UK has been less prominent. The outrageous revelation that up until 2015 British taxpayers were paying off the debt of compensation to British slave owners, has seen the question of reparations in the UK resurface. What should a reparations programme in the UK be? How could reparations close the racial wealth gap and address systemic inequities?

Patricia Daley (University of Oxford), Leon Sealey-Huggins (University of Warwick) and Hasit Shah join Tanita Lewis.

Esther Stanford Xosei is now unable to participate in this event.

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Our tenth Festival of Economics run Wednesday 17 – Friday 19 November 2021. It is co-programmed by Diane Coyle (University of Cambridge and Enlightenment Economics) and Richard Davies (professor of Public Understanding of Economics, Bristol University and author of Extreme Economies). You can see the full programme here.

Patricia Daley credit Bill Knight

Patricia Daley is Professor of the Human Geography of Africa at Oxford University. She is also the Helen Morag Fellow and tutor in Geography at Jesus College, Oxford and was co-founder of the Oxford University Black and Minority Ethnic staff network. She was named on the influential Black Power List 2021. She has taught a range of human geography topics, as well as specialist courses on African societies and environments. She regularly speaks at community events, such as at the 2017 Africa Liberation Day in Birmingham; the 2018 Black History Month Windrush Celebrations in Barton, Oxford; as part of the 2019 Windrush celebrations at the Museum of Oxford, and in 2021 to WomanzVue – a virtual forum to empower women of African descent. Her media work includes acting as a consultant for an internationally screened documentary film on the genocide in Rwanda (Rwanda: The Forgotten Tribe); and more recently, in 2018, as a panellist at the British Film Institute post-film discussions of The Past Is Not the Future: Walter Rodney Student Years and The Young Marx. She has commentated on African politics on Al Jazeera and the BBC World Service. Amongst her publications is a chapter entitled ‘Reparations in the Space of the University in the Wake of Rhodes Must Fall’ in Rhodes Must Fall: The Struggle to Decolonise the Racist Heart of Empire. 

Image Credit: Bill Knight
Tanita Lewis

Tanita Lewis is a Black feminist economist and researcher whose work focuses on neocolonialism, stratification economics and the material conditions of Black populations in the Caribbean and the UK. They are currently studying a MSc in Development Economics at SOAS University of London. They are passionate about building community understanding around economics for change, and the creator of the Ubele Initiative Economics for Liberation project.

Leon Sealey Huggins

Leon Sealey-Huggins is Assistant Professor of Global Sustainable Development at the University of Warwick. His research centres on and around: the sociology of climate breakdown in the Caribbean; the conditions of contemporary higher education; explorations in activist-scholarship; and the impacts of neoliberalism on contemporary societies. He is a Committee member of the Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies and helped coordinate a community research intervention Windrush Strikes Back! which recruited local descendants of the Windrush Generation to act as ‘Decolonial Detectives’, digging deeper into inter-related hidden histories.

Hasit Shah

Hasit Shah is the news editor at Quartz, the 2014 Nieman-Berkman Fellow in journalism innovation at Harvard University, and a former senior producer with BBC News in London and New Delhi. He once again lives in north-west London, where he was born and raised, and is writing a book about Prince.

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