Paper Trails

“Paper Trails” began life in 2020 as a series of interviews with students and early-career researchers studying British colonialism. We were particularly interested in platforming the work of scholars still early in their career and based outside the Global North – important research which nevertheless often flies under the radar.

The initial call-out generated an overwhelming response, and it was inspiring to see the scope and diversity of research being conducted into the history of British colonialism. We heard from researchers studying everything from oral histories of Partition to gender-based violence in colonial Zimbabwe.

You can read these interviews and features here.


To keep this momentum going, we decided to set up a research community where scholars can share their work with the public and each other. On the right, you can check out a directory of our members, interviews and features, and a list of members’ publications.

Some questions we are interested in exploring are:

  • What are the limits of colonial archives?

  • Whose narratives are excluded from the archives and (how) can we tell them?

  • In what ways do colonial histories help us understand the present?

  • How can academic research inform social justice activism?

If you would be interested in joining the community, please email with a short bio and description of your research.

Interviews & Features

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