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Ameena Gafoor lecture series

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)
  2. Changing Caribbean Geographies (Brinsley Samaroo)
  3. Early Career Researchers' Keynote
  4. Day 1, Panel 1B
  5. Day 1, Panel 2B
  6. Day 2, Panel 1

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.

Follow this link for the lecture on YouTube

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.