Events

Round Table events and events of interest

Thurs 20 February: ‘Brexit, education and Empire’
Seminar at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies – Professor Sally Tomlinson (Goldsmiths College) author of Education and Race from Empire to Brexit (2019) and (with Danny Dorling) Rule Britannia: Brexit and the end of Empire (2019). Bookings available at https://commonwealth.sas.ac.uk/events.

8 March: 7th Annual Commonwealth Africa Summit
Taking place in central London. Details to be found at https://www.movemeback.com/events/7th-annual-commonwealth-africa-summit-cas2020-st/

9 March: Commonwealth Day

9 March: The Commonwealth lecture:  ‘Combating slavery in the modern Commonwealth: education’s role’.
Delivered by Dame Sara Thornton DBE QPM, UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. Room G, Palace of Westminster. Bookings via the Commonwealth Consortium for Education

10 March: Workshop: Religion, media freedom and the Commonwealth
Mary Ward House Conference Centre, Bloomsbury. Prior registration required via the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.

31 March: Evelyn Wrench Lecture – Impact of climate change on the Commonwealth.
Taking place at the Royal Over-seas League.

Thurs 23 April: ‘The Windrush Generation and the hostile environment’
Seminar at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies – Amelia Gentleman, Guardian journalist and author of The Windrush Betrayal: Exposing the Hostile Environment (2019) in conversation with Dr Juanita Cox (Institute of Commonwealth Studies and co-founder of Guyana SPEAKS). Bookings available at https://commonwealth.sas.ac.uk/events

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30 April: Decolonising the university and its curriculum: the challenge for the Commonwealth
As Birmingham prepares to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, where does the Commonwealth stand in relation to the current debate across higher education about decolonising the University and the curriculum? Is the Commonwealth a modern, multiracial organisation with important soft power networks and much to contribute to the global future? Or an organisation inescapably defined by the symbols and legacies of its imperial past?
Registration available online.

6 May: The Institute of Commonwealth Studies will be running a workshop on 6 May 2020 called ‘New Directions in Commonwealth History’.
This one-day workshop seeks to explore what new directions are emerging in the field of Commonwealth History. It will take place at the School of Advanced Study, Senate House.
Deadline for submissions – 31 January 2020. Contact ics@sas.ac.uk and see commonwealth.sas.ac.uk for more details.

20-23 June: 2020 Commonwealth Women’s Forum in Rwanda

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22-28 June: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), and associated forums – Kigali, Rwanda.
CHOGM Theme: Delivering a common future: connecting, innovating, transforming.

 

Transcripts and audio/visual links to previous Round Table events and events of interest

25 November – Evelyn Wrench Lectures: The Relevance of the Commonwealth in the 21st
Century
HE Ms Yamina Karitanyi, High Commissioner for Rwanda to the United Kingdom, discusses Rwanda as a modern Commonwealth nation, the challenges of reconciliation after conflict and the opportunities presented by being the host of CHOGM 2020. A report on this is now available.

29 April: ICWS@70: The Commonwealth & Resilience in 21st century
Panelists analyse the resilience of the association and consider necessary changes to meet the challenges of the 21st Century for its member states. Article now available.

8-9 January: Round Table conference – The Commonwealth in 2019: Challenges and Opportunities.
Report on this event available at https://www.commonwealthroundtable.co.uk/commonwealth/round-table-conference-the-commonwealth-in-2019-challenges-and-opportunities/

2018

8 October: Peter Lyon Memorial Lecture – Britain, Brexit and the future of the Commonwealth
Speaker: Vince Cable. Missed it? An article on this event is now available. The transcript and podcast are also available.

19 March: Witness Seminar: Britain in the Commonwealth: The 1997 Edinburgh summit. A report is now available on this seminar.

6 March: Round Table-sponsored student debate at London University Senate House. The motion is “This House thinks that Commonwealth commitments for human rights are just for public relations.” (Report now available)

13 February: The Royal Commonwealth Society and Goodenough College host a panel discussion on ‘A Commonwealth Conversation – Rejuvenating the Commonwealth’ at Goodenough College.

7 February: Building a safer world? The Commonwealth approach in comparative perspective.
Taking place at l’Université de Londres in Paris. (Report now available on this conference).

26 January: “This House believes the Commonwealth has no place in the modern world”. There is now a report on the Exeter University debate.

17 January: “This House believes that the Commonwealth prevents the UK from moving on from the past and dealing with the future”. Birmingham students debate the future of the Commonwealth. Report from Birmingham now available.

October 2017: Two-day conference on the plans and challenges for the 2018 Commonwealth Leaders’ Summit. Includes reports, outcomes and video interviews.

April 2017: The Peter Lyon Annual Memorial Lecture by HE Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Commonwealth Secretary-General. Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House. Transcript and report.

Video: The House of Lords debate the Commonwealth – 16 March.

Focus on Commonwealth Day – Q&A, our coverage and a look into the Commonwealth Day archives – 13 March.

Nov 2016: Launch of a special issue: Brexit and the Commonwealth: What next?
Special issue of The Round Table The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs.
This issue is now available online.

Round Table Conference
6-7 January 2016 – The Commonwealth after Malta.
A report of the conference proceedings.

Round Table Lecture
“The Commonwealth, the European Union, the Challenges”
Delivered by Dr Lawrence Gonzi, the former Prime Minister of Malta on
27 November 2015 at the University of Malta.
Click here to read Dr Gonzi’s lecture.

The 2015 Malta Summit, Valletta.
The Commonwealth’s New Beginnings?
A One-Day Conference previewing the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting organised by The Round Table: the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs and the Department for International Relations, University of Malta.
24 November 2015.
Read Michael Frendo’s keynote address

Speech at Senate House
Read Zaid Ibrahim’s The Fate of Freedom and the Onslaught of Islamisation in Malaysia as presented at the event
Date: October 2015
Venue: Senate House, London University, UK

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