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Global and Local approaches to Public History

In this video Dr Su Lin Lewis and Dr Jessica Moody offer practical tips and advice their teaching and research on decolonising history.

In this video, Dr Su Lin Lewis and Dr Jessica Moody discuss the importance of global perspectives to the teaching and research of history and what it means to consider history as truly inclusive and public. The transcript of all the videos in this step can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Jessica Moody is a lecturer in public history at the university of Bristol. Her work considers how we remember and engage with the past historically and in the present with a focus on the public memory of difficult histories including transatlantic enslavement. She has previously worked at the universities of Portsmouth and York, and for National Museums Liverpool. Her monograph, The Persistence of Memory: Remembering Slavery in Liverpool, ‘slaving capital of the world’ maps the public memory of slavery in Liverpool, the largest slave trading port city in Europe, from the end of the 18th century up to the present day and is available open access at

Su Lin Lewis is Senior Lecturer in Modern Global History at the University of Bristol.  Her book, Cities in Motion: Urban Life and Cosmopolitanism, was published in 2016 and won the Urban History Association Prize for Best Book (non-North America) for 2015-2016. She has run an AHRC Research Network on Afro-Asian Networks in the Early Cold War Era.  She will soon be embarking on a new project as an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellow on “Socialist Internationalism and Activist Lineages in the Afro-Asian World”. 

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