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Alex Gapud

Alex Gapud
Alex Gapud
Teaching Fellow
5.12 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD

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I am a two-time University-wide award-winning teacher, Winner of the Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA) Award for Best Student who Tutors 2017/18 and Runner-Up for the EUSA Award for Best Student who Tutors 2015/16.  In three years of teaching, I have received over 60 award nominations in a variety of categories.

Currently, I am the Postgraduate Tutor for Culture and Power (PGSP11178) and the Senior Tutor for Empires (SCAN08010).  I have also previously taught on a range of courses in various roles as Guest Lecturer, Senior Tutor, and Tutor for Social Anthropology 1A, Social Anthropology 1B, Empires, Ethnography: Theory and Practice, and The Invention of History.  I am also currently supervising an undergraduate dissertation.

I am also an accredited Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a mentor for the Edinburgh Teaching Award (EdTA).


My doctoral thesis, entitled "Empire Circumscribed: Silence, Disconnection, Public Secrets, and the Absent-Presence of the British Empire in Bristol" explores the ways in which history-workers and heritage volunteers understand, talk about, and represent histories of colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade in present-day Bristol.

Historically one of England's most significant ports, Bristol has had a complex relationship with its past as an epicentre of the transatlantic slave trade and metropolitan hub of Atlantic colonial trades throughout the 18th and 19th century.

My research tries to move past commonly asked questions of whether or not the Empire was "good" or "bad", and beyond the idea of the British Empire as "forgotten" or subject to "amnesia" to think about the ways in which the very concept of Empire is understood and reproduced in and through heritage discourse as disconnected, separate, and removed from both Britain and the present.