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 Fabienne Viala (Hispanic Studies).
Warwick Transatlantic Fellowships:
Warwick Transatlantic Fellowships are available to all departments and intended to deepen and broaden the research links between Warwick and universities in North America.
12th Annual Walter Rodney Symposium:
The 12th annual Walter Rodney symposium, "Hungry Nation, Hungry World: Engendering Healthy Sustainable Food Systems", will take place on 20-21st March, 2015 at the Atlanta University Centre, Robert W. Woodruff Library.
Professor Verene Shepherd (UWI, Mona) gave the Walter Rodney Memorial Lecture, October 2014. The lecture was entitled 'War Memorials and Black Liberation: "Groundings" with Walter Rodney on History, Heritage and Activism': Verene Shepherd
CFP: 'Long Waves and Global Frequencies: World Literature and Broadcast Culture at the End of Empire', University of Warwick, 4-5 September 2014
Bringing together literary criticism, global book history, biographical writing and cultural studies, this conference examines the interconnected history of broadcast culture across three continents in the post-war era. Keynote speakers include: Professor Alison Donnell (University of Reading), Dr James Procter (Newcastle University), Professor Helen Yitah (University of Ghana). This conference is hosted by the YPCCS and is part of the Centre's AHRC-funded 'Decolonizing Voices' research project.