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2012 - 13 Events

Seminar Series

“Bageye at the Wheel” by Colin Grant

17th May 2012

Colin Grant is a historian and BBC radio producer. He is the author of Negro with a Hat, a biography of Marcus Garvey; I&I: the Natural Mystics, a group biography of the original Wailers, Marley, Tosh and Livingston, which has been hailed as one of the best music books of 2011. “Bageye at the Wheel” is his latest book – A compassionate but unsentimental tale rich in comic observation, of growing up in a provincial town of immigrants – Irish, Asian and Caribbean – rubbing along amicably and sometimes not so amicably with their English hosts, before the rise of the EDL.

For more information, including links to book reviews, please see Colin’s website at

Autumn Term

18 October - Perry Gauci (Oxford University) presented a paper on ‘An Empire of Liberty: the Spanish Town Affair 1754-8’. This seminar was jointly hosted with the 18th Century Centre.

25 October - Lawrence Scott was in conversation and reading from his new novel, Light Falling on Bamboo.

30 October - this year's Walter Rodney Memorial Lecture was given by Professor Paget Henry (Brown University) on 'C. L. R. James, Walter Rodney and the Public Self of Caribbean Insurrectionary Politics'.

22 November - Thomas Glave gave a talk, 'Scenes from a Jamaican Childhood'. This event was jointly hosted with Hispanic Studies.

4 December - Colin Babb talked about his latest book, They Gave the Crowd Plenty Fun: West Indian Cricket and its Relationship with the British-resident Caribbean Diaspora.

Spring Term

5 February - Mike Niblett (YPPCS Postdoctoral Fellow) presented a paper on ‘Oil on Sugar: Commodity Frontiers and Peripheral Aesthetics’.

5 March - Selwyn Cudjoe (Wellesley College) presented a paper on ‘Ignorant Negroes, Tyrannical Masters: William H. Burnley and the Caribbean
Slave Experience’.

Summer Term

30 April - Cassandra Pybus (Sydney/KCL) visited the Centre, where she met with staff and students.

22 April-4 May - Malik Ferdinand (Université Antilles-Guyane) was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre from 22 April to 4 May.

3 May - a one-day symposium, 'Islands Unchained: Commodity Frontiers, Food Regimes, and Archipelic Aesthetics', on Caribbean literature and the environment was organised by Mike Niblett and Chris Campbell.

7 May - Angel Quintero Rivera (University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras) presnted a paper on 'Afro Latin American Cultural Studies and Music, Bringing together Social Sciences and Humanities'. This event was jointly hosted with Hispanic Studies.

3-5 May - Society for Caribbean Studies annual conference.