Decolonising parasitology: The case of Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense

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Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense was named after Rhodesia which in turn was named after the British imperialist and white supremacist Cecil Rhodes. In the light of the Black Lives Matter movement and contemporary consciousness of post-colonial legacy, it seems opportune to reconsider the subspecies name. Pros and cons of renaming T. b. rhodesiense are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-464
Number of pages4
JournalTrends in Parasitology
Issue number6
Early online date12 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021


  • Black Lives Matter
  • Cecil Rhodes
  • Rhodesia
  • Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense
  • decolonisation

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