All posts filed under: Human Rights

decolonisation

#PoTW: The invention and reinvention of decolonisation: rethinking the ‘waves’ narrative

This one-day workshop, sponsored by the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, will pose a number of questions about global decolonisation. Was ‘decolonisation’ a European invention designed to ease the ‘white man’s burden’ and pave the way for a neo-colonial system of extraction and dependency? Was it a Latin American invention intended to […]

Indenture

British imperial indenture system a ‘sanitised’ form of slavery

The abolition of slavery was the catalyst for the system of indenture, under which the British brought Chinese and East Indians to the Caribbean to labour on the region’s sugar plantations. The first wave arrived in Mauritius in 1834, followed by Guyana (1838) and Trinidad (1845). By the time the system, which also operated in […]

Human rights in Suriname

‘Development’ versus human rights: the fight for Suriname’s rainforests

Image (© 2018 Richard Price) Though Suriname’s Saamaka people have already achieved a remarkable victory at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that guarantees their right to their territory and the rainforests within it, the state’s continued push towards extractive development means their fight is far from over, writes Richard Price. Share this article:

The King is dead, long live the King – analysing Zimbabwe’s transition from Mugabe to Mnangagwa

‘The King is dead, long live the King!’, the traditional proclamation to announce the death of a monarch and herald the incoming replacement, could well have been used to announce the political demise of President Robert Mugabe on 21 November 2017, and the swift coronation of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, says Professor Keith Somerville.   Share […]

Blackness

#PoTW: Visualising ‘blackness’ in Latin America and the Caribbean, 16th-19th centuries

In recent years, a rich wave of scholarship has been examining representations of ‘blackness’ in the visual cultures of the Atlantic world. It is an avenue of enquiry particularly germane to Latin America and the Caribbean, home to the world’s largest African diasporic populations, and allows us to understand how peoples of African descent and […]

#PoTW: Public commemoration and women’s history

When: 1 May 2018, 6–8.30pm Who: Institute of Historical Research Where: IHR Wolfson Conference Suite, NB01/NB02, Basement, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU How are women remembered, commemorated and celebrated in public? How is this different from historical commemorations of men? These are among the questions that activist and campaigner Caroline Criado Perez […]

Personal view of the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth and me – a view from West Acton 

Image: Commonwealth Heads of Government with a cricketers team in Harare during CHOGM 1991. © Commonwealth Secretariat In the tenth of a series of scholarly articles marking the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, Professor Keith Somerville, senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, gives a personal view of an organisation with ‘little or no […]