Lecture: ‘The Full Cost of Full Cost Fees’: ‘Race’, humanitarian aid, and international student fees in Britain c. 1967-1980Export this event to calendar

Monday, March 18, 2019 — 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT

Flyer for "Cut Maggie not Overseas Students"In 1967, for the first time, international students in Britain were charged more for their tuition fees than ‘home’ students. Over the next thirteen years the difference between ‘home’ and ‘overseas’ fees increased until, in 1980, international students were charged the ‘full-cost’ of their education in Britain. These policy changes were made against a backdrop of considerable financial difficulty in a period of austerity. However, for student activists, particularly those who were part of the National Union of Students, these fees were depicted as, and fought against, as racist and discriminatory. Couched in the terminology and imagery of humanitarian aid, student activists argued that Britain had a duty to educate students from former colonies.

This paper explores the campaigns against rising overseas student fees asking what they can tell us about changing public discourses of ‘race’, humanitarian aid, and Britain’s post-colonial world role.

Join Dr. Jodi Burkett, Principal Lecturer and Subject Leader for History at the University of Portsmouth (in the United Kingdom), as she delivers this talk between noon and 1:30pm in HH 117. Dr. Burkett is a visiting scholar here with the Department of History this term.

Lunch will be served. To RSVP for this talk, please quickly do so here.

Cost 
Free
Location 
Hagey Hall
Room 117
200 University Ave West

Waterloo, ON N2L3G1
Canada

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