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The Ameena Gafoor Annual Lecture 2024

This year's annual lecture will be given by by H. E. Hon President Donald Ramotar

‘Cheddi Jagan: Developmentalist and Political Visionary’

This in-person event will be held on

Wednesday 22nd May, 5.15pm in Room S0.19, Social Sciences Building

University of Warwick main campus

Donald Ramotar served as President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana from 2011 to 2015. He began his political career as a member of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and in 1992 was elected to the National Assembly, retaining his parliamentary seat until his Presidency. From 1997 to 2013 he also served as General Secretary of the PPP. In this lecture he will talk about the life and legacy of Cheddi Jagan, co-founder of the PPP who fought for independence from the British empire and served as President of Guyana from 1992 until his death in 1997.

Free to attend. A drinks reception will be held afterwards.


Previous Annual Lectures

Inaugural Ameena Gafoor Lecture, 2017

Please click on the links below to see videos of the presentations given at the inaugural Ameena Gafoor lecture, 2017. As you click play for each video, it will list the speaker and the title of their paper.

  1. Inaugural Gafoor Lecture (Brinsley Samroo) opens in a new window
  2. Changing Caribbean Geographies (Brinsley Samaroo) opens in a new window
  3. Early Career Researchers' Keynote opens in a new window
  4. Day 1, Panel 1B opens in a new window
  5. Day 1, Panel 2B opens in a new window
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The 2nd Annual Gafoor Lecture on Indentureship Studies, 2018

Held on 28 November 2018 at Woburn Suite, Senate House, London WC1E 7HU

Professor Tina K. Ramnarine, Royal Holloway, University of London

In collaboration with the Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies (University of Warwick), the Institute of Commonwealth Studies invited Prof. Tina K. Ramnarine (Royal Holloway, University of London) to deliver the 2018 Gafoor Lecture on Indentureship Studies.
The lecture featured live music illustrations by the vocalist, Budhaditya Bhattacharyya and the tabla musician, Mohanish Jaju, followed by a Musical Tribute to Cheddi Jagan by Keith Waithe
There were also two special poetry readings. In response to his research in Senate House Library’s Cheddi Jagan archive, poet Mr Gee performed a new piece inspired by the life of this remarkable politician. Following this the Commonwealth Writers organisation, who recently commissioned a unique piece of joint-poetry from the descendants of indenture, closed the event with the first public reading of this exciting new work.

Conveners: David Dabydeen (University of Warwick) and Maria del Pilar Kaladeen (Institute of Commonwealth Studies)

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 screening of a film on Yesu Persaud (entitled, THE MAN FROM EL DORADO), followed by a tribute to Ameena Gafoor and the launch of her latest publication, a bibliography of IndoCaribbean writing.

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Ameena Gafoor Annual Lecture 2021

The keynote speaker for this annual lecture on the Indo-Caribbean Diaspora was Gaiutra Bahadur with a talk on "Notes Toward a Prehistory: the allied afterlives of indenture and slavery."

The lecture was given online on 11th May.


Photo by Joanna Eldredge Morrissey, The MacDowell Colony, 2016.

Gaiutra Bahadur is a Guyanese-American essayist, journalist, and critic who writes frequently about literature, history, memory, migration, and gender. Her book Coolie Woman, a personal history of indenture, was shortlisted in 2014 for the Orwell Prize, the British literary prize for artful political writing. A former daily newspaper reporter and Harvard Nieman Fellow, she is a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books and Dissent Magazine. She is a recipient of literary residencies at the MacDowell Artists Colony and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy and is a two-time winner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Award for creative prose. She has also won research fellowships at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, the Society of Authors in London and the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library. She currently teaches writing and journalism as an assistant professor in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers University in Newark.

Annual lecture 2022

The speaker for this year's annual lecture was Patricia Mohammed, Professor Emerita, Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies. The lecture was given online

Patricia Mohammed is a pioneer in second wave feminism, founding member in 1978 of the first second wave feminist organization in Trinidad, Concerned Women for Progress and served as Coordinator of the First Rape Crisis Centre in the Anglophone Caribbean from 1985-1987. She has been involved in feminist activism and scholarship for over three decades and increasingly over the last decade in the field of Cultural Studies. She is architect of four national gender policies in the Caribbean. Her academic publications include Gender in Caribbean Development (Ed), 1988, Rethinking Caribbean Difference, Special Issue Feminist Review, Routledge Journals, 1998, Caribbean Women at the Crossroads, UWI Press, 1999, Gender Negotiations among Indians in Trinidad, 1917 – 1947, Palgrave UK and The Hague, 2001,and Gendered Realities: Essays in Caribbean Feminist Thought, (ed) University of the West Indies Press, Kingston, 2002, and Imaging the Caribbean: Culture and Visual Translation, Macmillan UK, 2009 along with over 100 essays peer reviewed and solicited essays and chapters in journals, books, magazines and newspapers. She is founder in 2006 and Executive Editor of the Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, the first open access online peer reviewed journal of the University of the West Indies in publication.

Annual Lecture 2023

‘Coolies and The Great War’

This talk, held in May 2023, was given by Arlen Harris, who is an award-winning programme maker with over 30 years’ experience in the industry, working mainly for British broadcasters such as Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV and BBC TV and Radio. He has also produced programmes for National Geographic and Discovery. Arlen originated the groundbreaking four-part series, Britain's Slave Trade, for Channel 4. He has filmed with pirates in the South China seas, in Beirut and in Sri Lanka during the civil war.