History Professor wins AHRC Research Grant

Mary Chamberlain, Professor of Caribbean History, has been awarded £65,918 by the AHRC to carry out research on a project entitled 'Culture, Migration and Caribbean Nationhood: Barbados and Empire, 1937-1967'. Based on oral history and using Barbados as a case study, Professor Chamberlain's research will explore decolonisation from the West Indian and British perspective. West Indians were faced with a particular dilemma: how to build a nation when, unlike British colonies in Africa or Asia, there were no authentic indigenes on which to build, nor a clearly defined sense of territorial integrity. The British characterised the West Indies as lacking in history, society and culture. Yet the cultures of survival, including migration, honed in post-Emancipation society, refined in the twentieth century and denigrated by the British became crucial to developing nationhood.

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