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Centre of African Studies


Each term the inquiry will host a variety of round table discussion and seminars. Please check the site regularly for upcoming events we are hosting or supporting. All events for the 2020-2021 academic year will be held via Zoom. Please contact the Sean Scinta () for event details.


Wednesday, 27 October4:00 – 5:00pm

The Village Movement: A New Dispensation of Atrocities against freed Africans in British Guiana with Dr Mellissa Ifill Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Institutional Advancement, University of Guyana

The Village Movement, a most spectacular entrepreneurial, governance and psychosocial enterprise, emerged in the wake of full emancipation of Africans in British Guiana on August 1, 1838. Emancipation generated changes in the economic and psychosocial dynamics in the colony that had implications for both freed Africans and Europeans planters. For Africans, emancipation presented opportunities for restructuring the ethnicised domestic division of labour in order to facilitate their autonomous advancement through and within their villages. For the planters, fully compensated ‘owners’ of the formerly enslaved, emancipation had the potential to destroy their industry. As this ethnic-class struggle unfolded, the British colonial officials persistently directed actions against the Village Movement that offered a decisive advantage to planters and ushered in a new dispensation of atrocities against Africans. Those atrocities continue to reverberate.

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Tuesday, 23 November4:00 – 5:00pm

The Legacy of Enslavementat the Fitzwilliam Museum : a discussion on Approaches with Luke Syson Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum

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Award winning author and former MPhil in African Studies student Mary Ononokpono talks about how her work has been inspired by our MPhil programme


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