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, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Alissandra Cummins, Director, Barbados Museum
  • Christelle Lozère, Professor of Art History, l’Université Antilles
  • Susana Guimarães, Curator of Archaeology, 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?

Image Credits:

Left= Map of the Caribbean (VWK Ryborsch GmbH Verlag für Wirtschafts- und Kartographie-Publikationen; Frankfurt am Main : Verlag Ryborsch, c1986).

Right= Aubrey Williams (1926-1990). Now and Coming Time II (Olmec-Maya and Now), 1985
The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge (PD.9-2023)
© The Estate of Aubrey Williams. Courtesy the Artist and October Gallery, London

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