Nothing of this Kind in Britain: Caribbean Radicalism and Revolutionary Epistemologies Across the 1960’s Black Atlantic



22 february 2022:

Chair: Rod Westmaas (Guyana SPEAKS).

Speaker: James Cantres (Hunter College, USA).

This talk draws from James Cantres’s Blackening Britain: Caribbean Radicalism from Windrush to Decolonization, a capacious investigation into politics of resistance and novel ingenious epistemologies expressed through Caribbean activism, cultural production, and knowledge-making across the decolonizing Black Atlantic world. Exploring notions of “unbelonging”,” Cantres considers the way radical post-World War II Caribbean artist-intellectuals and organizers agitated to critique racialism in metropolitan Britain while creating spaces, ideas, and institutions grounded in Caribbean and African sensibilities. The radicalism of these post-national Caribbean mobilizations in Britain extended beyond the limits of the structures of post-coloniality in the West Indies. Yardies, Rastafarians, and calypsonians in the capital were responding directly to conditions of in the metropole and informed by networks linking them to anticolonial, antiracist projects across the world. Blackening Britain demonstrates the unique diasporic formations rendered through Caribbean historical actors’ reckoning between histories, citizenships, privileges destroyed or taken away and the emergence of new modes of liberatory thinking. This presentation explores the ways radical activist-intellectuals and political agitators during decolonization resisted the politics of the old imperial order as well as the immediate realities of the post-colony on each side of the Atlantic. Afro-Caribbean political negotiations and innovative imaginaries reflect tensions of the unique historical moment out of which they emerged in the context of Black Atlantic upheavals.

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