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Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies

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The Centre for Caribbean Studies was established in October 1984 with assistance from the Leverhulme Trust and the Nuffield Foundation. It was the first such Centre in the UK to recognise the significance of the Caribbean region and its historically interdependent linkages with the UK and the world. Its principal aim is to stimulate teaching and research on the Caribbean. It also encourages the study of the Caribbean in an Atlantic context, emphasising African, North and South American, Asian and European influences from a comparative, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspective. Additionally, it serves as a national forum for individuals and organisations with an interest in and concern for the diaspora as well as those countries bordering the Caribbean.

In 2010 on its 25th anniversary, the Centre was re-named the Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies in honour of the Guyanese philanthropist and businessman and in recognition of his long association with and support for the Centre, which has grown to become one of Europe’s leading institutions for Caribbean scholarship.

The current director of the Centre is Dr Fabienne Viala (Hispanic Studies).

Latest news

2017 International Conference on the Centenary of the Abolition of Indentureship in the British Empire

Senate House, University of London, 6-7 October 2017

Exploding the Centenary of a Quiet Abolition

In collaboration with colleagues from the University of Warwick’s Yesu Centre for Caribbean Studies, Royal Holloway (University of London) and the Centre for Integrated Caribbean Research, Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, Research Fellow at the Centre for Postcolonial Studies, has been working on a number of events to commemorate the centenary of the abolition of indenture in the British Empire.

The largest of these is an international conference, taking place at Senate House, on October 6-7th 2017click for more info.

For a new NEW BLOG POST by @MariaKaladeen and @FathermenBlog on the centenary of the abolition of indenture in British Empire, please see:

Warwick Transatlantic Visiting Fellowship

Warwick is pleased to offer a Warwick Transatlantic Fellowship to a Caribbean-based post-doctoral fellow or established academic who wishes to spend a short period at Warwick University, working with a Warwick-based academic. Applicants should have made initial contact with a Warwick academic and indicate the research outcomes expected.

Fellowships will be worth US$2,000 (approx) and are open to all disciplines. Visiting Fellows will be provided with IT and Library access while at Warwick. Advice about accommodation will be available but on-campus housing cannot be guaranteed.

Please send your applications (CV and statement of research proposal) to by 23 October 2017.


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