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The Caribbean and Collections: Histories and Just Futures?

Event Dates:
Lecture Theatre A, Student Services Centre. University of Cambridge (Off Ben'et Street)
12 December 2023 , 17:30 - 18:30
Dr Marsha Pearce (University of the West Indies)
Ms Alissandra Cummins (Barbados Museum)
Prof Christelle Lozère (l’Université Antilles)
Ms Susana Guimarães (Musee d’archéologie amérindienne Edgar Clerc, Guadeloupe)
University of Cambridge, University of the West Indies, l’Université Antilles, Musee d’archéologie amérindienne Edgar Clerc, Barbados Museum
Collections-Connections-Communities and the Global Humanities Network invite you to join us for a roundtable discussion with a multidisciplinary group of researchers from the Caribbean. The current Black Atlantic: People, Power, Resistance exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum explores the role of visual culture in supporting histories of exploitation and extraction, which in turn enabled the accumulation of collections – from art and anthropology to natural history – such as those in the University of Cambridge. The exhibition follows on from the University’s Report on the Inquiry into the Legacies of Enslavement, which recommended the foundation of a Legacies of Enslavement Research Centre that would support a suite of research projects, scholarly mobility and events, alongside artistic initiatives.Our panellists will be:

  • Marsha Pearce: Lecturer in Visual Arts at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Alissandra Cummins: Director at the Barbados Museum.
  • Christelle Lozère: Professor of Art History at l’Université Antilles.
  • Susana Guimarães: Curator of Archaeology at the Musee d’archéologie amérindienne Edgar Clerc, Guadeloupe.

During this event, the panel will be asked to consider:

  • What forms of reparation are sought by institutions, researchers and communities in the Caribbean?
  • How might collections and visual culture play a role in such work?
  • How could collaborative, interdisciplinary and transnational partnerships around collections make a difference to communities in the Caribbean?