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Name Dr Robert Skinner
Job title Lecturer
Department Department of History (Historical Studies) University of Bristol
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Qualifications MA, DPhil
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Keywords religious activists
apartheid
anti-apartheid
colonial experience
decolonisation
Areas of expertise My doctoral research was on the role of religious activists in the formation of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement during the 1950s. These activists played a crucial role in the development of a particular discourse of opposition to white supremacy and provided moral authority for anti-apartheid campaigns as they emerged at the end of the 1950s. While they drew upon a long tradition of humanitarian concern, they began to articulate a new way of speaking about colonial affairs that prioritised an "African point of view" and thus helped to lay the ideological foundations for a "post-imperial" world-view.

This work reflects a general interest in the relationship between the colonial experience and British society and culture, particularly during the period of post-war decolonisation. My wider research interests focus on popular attitudes towards Africa and the development of international solidarity networks.