Decolonising Parasitology: The Case of Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense

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Abstract

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
Volume37
Issue number6
Early online date12 Apr 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021

Keywords

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

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