‐ Home of the Best in Caribbean & Black British Writing ‐

David Dabydeen: a series like ‘Roots’ would help the British public understand indentureship

Begun in 1834 and abolished in 1917, the system of indenture created Indian diasporic communities in three continents. Professor David Dabydeen, a pioneer of Indian-Caribbean studies as a discipline in the UK and a leading poet of the Indian-Caribbean experience, is co-convenor of the forthcoming Indenture Abolition Centenary conference. In his latest interview with Talking Humanities, he explains why it is important to mark the abolition of a system used to bring millions of Indians to labour on British colonial plantations in the Caribbean and beyond.

Read the article online.

The Indenture to Abolition Centenary Conference, at Senate House, 6–7 October 2017, will include presentations from new and established scholars and feature the latest research on indentureship and its legacies. It also incorporates the University of Warwick’s inaugural Gafoor Lecture in Indentureship Studies, which takes place on 6 October and, on 7 October, a literary panel co-curated with the Commonwealth Writers cultural initiative.

Image: Hessel Gerritsz (Geheugen van Nederland) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Share this article

‐ Home of the Best in Caribbean & Black British Writing ‐