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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 Manicom (Hispanic Studies)

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This year's seminar series and annual Walter Rodney lecture will be held online due to Covid-19. More details to follow soon.

For any enquiries to the Centre, please contact the Director, Dr Fabienne Viala, or Lisa Cook, Centre Secretary,

In the meantime there are some links below to recordings of previous events and other films which may be of interest:

The 2019 Walter Rodney Lecture

In 2019 this annual lecture was given by Dr Patricia Rodney, CEO of the Walter Rodney Foundation (WRF), established by the Rodney family. As a seasoned public health professional, Dr Rodney’s career spans the disciplines of health, adult education and literacy, social work and women, gender and development. An audio recording of the talk, Living with a Legacy: My Journey with Walter Rodney can be found here (use Ctrl & Click to open in a new tab):

The Ameena Gafoor Lecture 2019.

The Gafoor Lecture 2019, on indentureship was given by Professor Clem Seecharan. It was a joint activity between the Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies and the Guyana Speaks organisation, held in London on 29th September. Professor Seecharan's lecture was followed by a tribute to Ameena Gafoor and the launch of her latest publication, a bibliography of IndoCaribbean writing.

Follow this link for the lecture on YouTube

For links to earlier recordings from the Ameena Gafoor lecture series, please see this page on our website

The Cost of Sugar

You may be interested to view this film from last year by Professor David Dabydeen on the Wales Estate and the plight of the sacked canecutters.

See this You Tube link: