In the 17th-century, Europe is in the throes of a love affair with the colour black. A rich, dark shade that could only be achieved by farming the palo campeche tree found in the Yucatan region in modern-day Mexico. In this article, New World Objects of Knowledge author, Dr Adrian Masters, a research fellow at […]
Amid the stresses of classes, essay writing, deadlines, and preparing for upgrade exams, postgraduate students whose work focuses on Latin America and the Caribbean face an additional challenge: preparing for their first fieldwork trip. It can become something of a silent anxiety.
In the third of a series of scholarly articles ahead of the Armistice centenary, Dr Peter D Fraser, senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, wonders why there is little to commemorate the British West Indians who came to the aid of the mother country during WWI.
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 […]
Like many in the diaspora, Dr Adom Philogene Heron, has spent several weekends since Hurricane Maria battered the island of Dominica filling blue shipment barrels with tinned foods, dry goods and other staples to meet the needs of families in the wake of the storm. In this post he explores the biographies of these symbolic […]
American geographer, author and travel writer Joshua Jelly-Schapiro takes Adom Philogene Heron on a journey through the Caribbean while discussing his new book, Island People, and the late CLR James whose personal papers are housed in Senate House Library.
Image: Frenchman’s Cove, Porland, Jamaica © Merlin John Author, blogger and columnist Montague Kobbé, examines the enduring appeal of Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys’ postcolonial novel and one of the great prequels of world literature. When Jean Rhys published Wide Sargasso Sea in 1966 she was 75 years old, the same age as Bob Dylan […]