Casting Stones with Intent: Transnational Interventions towards Ethical and Reparative Memorialisation




Black Lives Matter, Edward Colston, James Cook, Memorialisation, Imperial Amnesia, Artistic Interventions


In the summer of 2020, on the wave of the Black Lives Matter Movement, statues and public monuments became focal points of political struggle, perceived by many as symbolic reminders of pervading western imperial legacies. Yet, the debate over public memorialisation is far from new. Starting from the 2020 BLM protests in Britain and going back to previous campaigns, this article contextualises the toppling, effacing and removal of well-known statues of colonial agents in Britain, Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand and examines artistic interventions which appropriate, challenge and shatter static historical interpretations of imperial figures and events. Our contention is that these interventions constitute diverse forms of performative and re-storied resistance reflecting transnational demands for redress and reparation.


This publication derives from the Teaching Innovation Project: “CultivARTE: Elaboración colaborativa de materiales didácticos multimedia en el aula de literatura y cultura” financed by IRIE, UIB. Reference PID222450.


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How to Cite

Pérez-Fernández, Irene, Paloma Fresno-Calleja, and Aurora García-Fernández. 2024. “Casting Stones With Intent: Transnational Interventions towards Ethical and Reparative Memorialisation”. Alicante Journal of English Studies / Revista Alicantina De Estudios Ingleses, no. 40 (January):157-78.