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Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies

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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 Fabienne Viala (Hispanic Studies).

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Hurricane Irma: Our thoughts go to all of you in the Caribbean who are facing the hardship of Irma. We advise all our students and academics in the Caribbean to follow safety procedures and to give us an update of your situation. Stay Safe.

2017 International Conference on the Centenary of the Abolition of Indentureship in the British Empire

Senate House, University of London, 6-7 October 2017

Exploding the Centenary of a Quiet Abolition

In collaboration with colleagues from the University of Warwick’s Yesu Centre for Caribbean Studies, Royal Holloway (University of London) and the Centre for Integrated Caribbean Research, Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, Research Fellow at the Centre for Postcolonial Studies, has been working on a number of events to commemorate the centenary of the abolition of indenture in the British Empire.

The largest of these is an international conference, taking place at Senate House, on October 6-7th 2017click for more info.

For a new NEW BLOG POST by @MariaKaladeen and @FathermenBlog on the centenary of the abolition of indenture in British Empire, please see:

Gad Heuman Postgraduate Bursaries

Funding is available to support substantive research and field work in the Caribbean by postgraduate students at the University of Warwick. The funding is intended as a contribution towards expenses, such as travel to and subsistence in the Caribbean, and other costs incurred directly in relation to the research project. A maximum of £2000 will be awarded to an individual student.

Closing date: 1 April 2017


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