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Dr Juanita Cox gained her PhD in the Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham, in 2013, and is a winner of the prestigious RE Bradbury Memorial Prize. She is currently the leading authority on the life and work of the Guyanese novelist, Edgar Mittelholzer (1909-1965) and editor of Creole Chips and Other Writing (2018). She co-founded the ground-breaking series Guyana SPEAKS in 2017, an education and networking forum, which has become a key monthly event in the calendar of the London-based Guyanese diaspora.
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Research Area and Interest : life and work of the Guyanese novelist, Edgar Mittelholzer (1909-1965)
- Summary: This panel will reflect upon the outcomes of our recent conference organised in June 2023 to commemorate the 75th anniversary since of the docking of the Windrush. We will use the session to share the responses of activists, heritage organisations, community historians, legal specialists, government representatives and Caribbean High Commissioners. We will include the voices of a broad array of people who have participated in our three-year AHRC-funded oral history project 'The Windrush Scandal in a Transnational and Commonwealth Context'. The project, in collaboration with the Black Cultural Archives and the British Library, seeks for the first time to produce a scholarly examination of the scandal, placing it within a fully transnational framework. Half of the interviews we have conducted involved the contributions of members of the diaspora community, those who found themselves under threat of deportation or actually deported, and their supporters and legal and political representatives. The remainder of the interviews examined, via extensive fieldwork in the region, the responses of Caribbean governments and their representatives in London to the legal restrictions imposed on immigration to the UK from the Caribbean from the early 1960s. To conclude the session, we will engage in a broader discussion about the long-term implications of the 'Windrush' scandal. We will use the space as a time for reflection and collaboration so that, as a collective, we can share our frustrations and anger while also striving to find hope, healing and solidarity.