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When Edward met Bertha: Mental Health, Colonialism, Race and Patriarchy in Jane Eyre article icon

History & The Arts 

When Edward met Bertha: Mental Health, Colonialism, Race and Patriarchy in Jane Eyre

Bertha Mason is described as the ‘insane’ ex-wife of Mr Rochester in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. What does the depiction of her tell us about views of mental illness, patriarchal society and ethnicity in the Victorian era? Siobhán Halliday explores in this personal reflection on race and colonialism as prompted by the novel.

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Is Anthropology of Religion Racist? article icon

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Is Anthropology of Religion Racist?

Were early studies in anthropology structured by white supremacy and what does the anthropology of religion look like today? Dr Paul-François Tremlett explores...

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Black History Month

In recognition of Black History Month we have pulled together some content about some inspirational individuals and events for you to explore. 

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What is Indigenous Psychology?

Ecology and psychology are closely related. Dr Manfusa Shams explains the link in this article...

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Dr Eric Addae Kyeremeh on his experience at The Open University

Dr Eric Addae Kyeremeh explains here the staffing changes he has noticed over the past ten years, working at the OU, and his highlights.

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15 mins
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Tessy Mbofung on cultural values and expectations and the need for more awareness of race video icon

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Tessy Mbofung on cultural values and expectations and the need for more awareness of race

Tessy Mbofung explains the challenges of her strong African cultural values and holding on to them in another culture in this short video collection

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20 mins
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Dr Anthony Gunter on representing modern Britain, the silent majority and change video icon

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Dr Anthony Gunter on representing modern Britain, the silent majority and change

In this short video Anthony observes that the OU has some way to go to be in a position to represent modern Britain and suggests changes that could be made.

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10 mins
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How do we move towards racial equality? video icon

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How do we move towards racial equality?

Open University colleagues discuss their experiences of working at the OU as well as the changes they would like to see to move towards racial equality in this collection of videos.

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30 mins
Census stories: Bringing statistics to life in Milton Keynes free course icon Level

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Census stories: Bringing statistics to life in Milton Keynes

This free course brings national census data to life by highlighting the vibrant stories of the diverse residents of Milton Keynes. This ‘new town’ with an increasingly mixed population, serves as a rich case study for understanding demographic changes in ethnicity and religion across the UK. The approach can be applied in any local context. It encourages reflection upon personal lived experience and its relationship to the complexities of identity, ethnicity and religion, as observed in the census statistics over time.

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2 hrs
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English Literature, Racism and Rehabilitation

Does English literature have the power to change the perspective of someone with violent racist views and rehabilitate them? This article explores…

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Charles Dickens, Race and Colonialism

What can the works of Charles Dickens tell us about race and colonialism in the Victorian era? Dr Alex Tickell, a Senior Lecturer in English, explores…

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Diversity in Education: Challenging the Norm in Academic Recruitment

How diverse is the tutor population at The Open University? This article explores ...

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