Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies
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 David Lambert (History/Comparative American Studies).
Thomas Glave, professor of English and creative writing at SUNY-Binghamton and the author of Whose Song? and Other Stories, Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent (Lambda Literary Award, 2005), The Torturer’s Wife (Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist and Lambda Literary Award finalist, 2008) and Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh (2013), will be Leverhulme Visiting Professor in Hispanic Studies during 2014.
It is with great sadness that the Centre has learnt of the death of Professor Alistair Hennessy, OBE, MA, DPhil Oxf, one of its co-founders and the Centre's first Director.
Warwick Walter Rodney Memorial Lecture, 2013
This year's Walter Rodney Memorial Lecture was given by Professor Silvio Torres-Saillant on ‘The Advent of Blackness: The Caribbean and the Birth of Racial Modernity’ on Tuesday 29 October. Further details available here.