The Ameena Gafoor Institute for the Study of Indentureship and its Legacies (in partnership with the Pluto Educational Trust) has been set up to advance understanding about indentureship and its global impacts.
Its website (https://ameenagafoorinstitute.org/) states: “The study of Indentureship is largely unrepresented throughout academia, with universities in the West paying little or no attention to the history, lives and efforts of indentured labourers and their descendants. At the Ameena Gafoor Institute, we will aim to remedy this through publishing, scholarships, professorships and conferences.”
The Institute recently announced the first of three events that will highlight contemporary academic research on the history of indenture and the cultural and literary contributions of the diasporas who formed part of this system.
The Inaugural Lecture and Conference of the Ameena Gafoor Institute (Part I) was held virtually on May 5, 2021, Indian Arrival Day in Guyana.
The following was the Programme:
Conference Conveners: David Dabydeen and Maria del Pilar Kaladeen.
Opening remarks – Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, Institute of Commonwealth Studies.
Sending and receiving indentured labour: The example of Fiji.
Lizzy Willmington, PhD candidate, Cardiff Law School.
Indian nationals in Guyana: a reflection on Indian migration after indenture.
Rhys Madden, PhD candidate, London School of Economics.
The Other Windrush: Legacies of Indenture in Britain’s Caribbean Empire.
Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, Institute of Commonwealth Studies.
Keynote Introduction – David Dabydeen, Director of the Ameena Gafoor Institute.
Keynote Inaugural Lecture of the Ameena Gafoor Institute for the Study of Indentureship and its Legacies by Nalini Mohabir of Concordia University.
Remembering Girl Zero: Trans-Pacific Patriliny, Indenture, and the Failure of Emancipation.
Kristin Anne Roebuck, Cornell University.
Music, Multiculturalism, and Staging Indian Arrival in Trinidad.
Christopher Ballengee, Anne Arundel Community College.
Indentureship’s Violences: Suicidal Masculinity in Indo-Guyana by Aliyah Khan, University of Michigan.
Closing remarks – Dr Maria del Pilar Kaladeen
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