KINGSTON, Jamaica, Fri. Oct. 16, 2020, Loop Caribbean: A brand new free on-line course, which investigates the historical past of British colonial slavery within the Caribbean, has been launched by the College of the West Indies (UWI) and College of Glasgow (UoG).
The 4 week course, referred to as Historical past of Slavery within the British Caribbean, takes contributors on a 350-year journey from West Africa and the Caribbean by to the UK’s Windrush Technology and the current day.
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Registration is open and lessons will go dwell on Monday, October 12, throughout Black Historical past Month within the UK.
“Its content material will discover the renewed debate within the UK concerning the therapy of symbols of Britain’s colonial previous and the way the worldwide Black Lives Matter protests have brought about many to replicate on the nation’s historical past of racism and its roots in slavery,” UWI and UoG stated in a joint assertion.
This course is a continuation of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between each universities in 2019.
Commenting on the collaboration, Co-Director of the joint UWI-Glasgow Centre, Professor Simon Anderson famous how happy UWI is that “the landmark MoU gives a big basis for institutional partnership and collaboration to construct instructing, analysis and public training programmes, corresponding to this one, that handle the legacies of slavery.”
Drawing on the experience of lecturers within the Caribbean, The Historical past of Slavery within the British Caribbean consists of UWI contributors, Dr Zachary Beier, Lecturer on the Mona Campus’ Division of Historical past and Archaeology, Dr Tara Inniss from the Division of Historical past and Philosophy on the Cave Hill Campus, and Dr Shani Roper, UWI Museum Curator at The UWI Regional Headquarters.
Beier stated: “I assumed this was an incredible alternative to show how tutorial collaboration between the UK and the Caribbean is a crucial step in rectifying the historical past of exploitative and unbalanced relationships between these areas. Moreover, this course offered a chance to share details about vital historic archaeological analysis within the Caribbean islands and materials tradition collections saved at UWI.”
From the College of Glasgow, Dr Peggy Brunache, lecturer within the historical past of Atlantic Slavery and Director of the Beniba Centre for Slavery Research together with Dr Christine Whyte, historian of West Africa and lecturer in International Historical past are the lead contributors on the course.
Brunache stated: “The previous just isn’t over. The previous remains to be the current. Whereas the abolition of the slave commerce and racial slavery occurred within the early 19th century, the constructions of racial inequality and anti-black racism have by no means dissipated. Does that imply that each white British citizen is racist? After all not.”
“Nevertheless, these constructions of energy stay infused into the very material of latest society, privileging those that determine as white and particularly these with generational wealth. It’s as insidiously lively within the Commonwealth Caribbean as a lot as it’s within the British metropole.”
Whyte stated: “The vital factor about this course is its emphasis on British involvement in slavery, which was each long-lasting and vital to many features of British society and economic system, and its deal with the phrases of the enslaved to explain their very own experiences.”
UWI and UoG plan to accomplice sooner or later to supply a Grasp of Arts Programme in Reparatory Justice.