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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 […]

Honey badger

The political economy of the honey badger – just don’t ‘ratel’ its cage

Image: Honey badger and black-backed jackal © Keith Somerville Professor Keith Somerville gets up close and personal with a pugnacious honey badger The honey badger was purposefully searching among the low bushes near Tau Pan in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The pugnacious creature credited with great courage and power for its size (max 10kg) was […]