Trajectories of Freedom
This work is a collection of selected papers presented at the conference “Trajectories of Freedom: Caribbean Societies, 1807–2007”, a theme inspired by the two-hundredth anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade in the British Empire. The papers interrogate and problematize shifting notions and expressions of “freedom” as they have evolved in Caribbean societies over the past two hundred years and as they have been applied in the context of the contemporary Caribbean.
Together, these essays illustrate the historical and continuing efforts in the various spheres of human endeavour in the Caribbean, including culture, education, language, social organization, gender and politics – notwithstanding the constraints placed on Caribbean people by the legacies of slavery and colonialism – to finish the business of emancipation.
Contributors: Agnel Barron, April Bernard, Bridget Brereton, Alan Cobley, Sandra Gift, Ena Harris, Oba Kenyatta Omowale Kiteme, Hilde Neus van der Putten, Edith Pérez Sisto, Agostinho M.N. Pinnock, Kelvin Quintyne, Kirwin R. Shaffer, Hazel Simmons-McDonald, Victor C. Simpson, Jerome Teelucksingh
Alan Cobley is Professor of South African and Comparative History and Pro Vice Chancellor and Chair of the Board for Undergraduate Studies, at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. His publications include The Caribbean AIDS Epidemic (co-edited with Glenford Howe); Stronger, Surer, Bolder: Ruth Nita Barrow – Social Change and International Development and Enjoying Power: Eugenia Charles and Political Leadership in the Commonwealth Caribbean (co-edited with Eudine Barriteau); UWI Cave Hill: Forty Years – A Celebration (co-edited with Henry Fraser, Michael Gill and Woodville Marshall)
Victor C. Simpson is Senior Lecturer in Spanish Literature, Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature, and Deputy Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Education, at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. His publications include Afro-Puerto Ricans in the Short Story: An Anthology and Colonialism and Narrative in Puerto Rico: A Study of Characterization in the Novels of Pedro Juan Soto.