History, University of Warwick
In the aftermath of the Morant Bay Rebellion, amidst debates regarding representative government, the decline of sugar, and growing race and labour consciousness, what did it mean to be white in Jamaica? This project interrogates representations and practices of creole whiteness framed between two moments of significant public unrest. I draw on critical whiteness studies to deploy whiteness as a privileged but porous category inextricable from the political, social, and economic inequalities of post-emancipation Jamaica. I consider how whiteness operated as a form a cultural and social capital, interrogating the messy margins of whiteness as it was fractured by class, gender, ethnicity, and colour. Who could make a claim to whiteness and how were such claims performed? How was whiteness represented and interpreted within Jamaican society and by external observers? Reading newspapers and literature alongside archival study of correspondence, diaries, wills, and court records, I situate the island within wider colonial geographies and offer new insight into how race took place in Jamaica between 1865 and the labour strikes of 1938.
Society for Caribbean Studies Postgraduate Conference, 5 May 2021 - '"Days of Terror": Retellings of the Morant Bay Rebellion'
Warwick History Postgraduate Conference, 28 May 2021- 'Remembering Morant Bay: Articulating codes of race and colour through the Morant Bay Rebellion'
Culture Things and Empire Research Seminar, 21 April 2021 - ‘Reading Race in Black and White: Constructing Whiteness in Jamaican Newspapers’'At Home in Empire: Colonial Experiences of Intimacy and Mobility' March 13th 2021: Warwick Humanities Research Centre Doctoral Fellowship, co-organised with Hannah Dennett. Warwick HRC Blog, co-written with Hannah Dennett
M4C Digital Festival 2020 - ‘Archival Journeys: Historians Navigating Covid-19’: collaborative Prezi as part of the M4C Digital Festival Virtual GalleryWarwick Postgraduate Podcast Series Spring/Summer 2020 - Organising Committee, pannellist: ‘Across the British Empire: Voices, Stories, and Representations’, and chair: ‘Latin America in a Transnational Perspective’ and ‘International Organizations and Networks: Health and Disability in the late Twentieth Century'
Dissertation: '"To Wield the Pen in Defence of Right and Justice": The Workman Newspaper and the British Caribbean Community in Panama, 1919-1930'
Dissertation: ‘The “Contrarious Character” of Whiteness in Jamaica during the Age of Abolition’
Birmingham Eighteenth Century Centre, Unhomely Empire, A Forum
Warwick HRC, At Home in Empire blog series: At Home in Empire? Whiteness and Jamaica in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries