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The Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is delighted to announce the relaunch of its Caribbean Studies Seminar Series for the academic year 2021/22. These seminars will actively promote intellectual engagement and knowledge exchange by providing scholars - including postgraduate students and early career researchers - with the opportunity to present their interdisciplinary, comparative and integrated research on the Caribbean.

Old but not cold: ‘Mi old but mi nuh cold’ 

Chair:Amber Lascelles (University of Bristol)
Speaker:Audrey Allwood (Goldsmiths, University of London)
I am ‘old but not cold’, is a common remark amongst Caribbean migrants with reference to remaining sprightly, although they have grown into an elderly age. Therefore, this paper explores how the ‘elderly’ phase in the life cycle is conceptualised and lived amongst Caribbean elders in Brixton. I draw on my research as I share how their familial connections support them, how they engage in their social activities, and how they manage their healthcare and wellbeing. 
Many migrants from the ‘Windrush’ era of migration settled in Brixton and formed a distinct Caribbean community, with many residing there for decades creating a strong cultural legacy. However, Brixton has changed since they moved there with significant gentrification continuously reshaping the area.  Similarly, the hopes and dreams of the migrants have changed, so consequently, I address how this has affected their sense of belonging. 

Audrey Allwood is an anthropologist and author specialising in research on the migrant Caribbean community in Britain, and recently published her doctoral research, ‘Belonging in Brixton: Ethnography of Migrant West Indian Elders in Brixton, London’. She is also a public speaker, health and well-being facilitator, programme/project Manager/service manager, and trainer having previously undertaken interim contracts in various departments in the public and voluntary sectors. She is currently a Visiting Research Fellow, and Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London developing new research projects in collaboration with community groups and recently published, ‘Windrush Generations Trades people’ sharing twelve stories.

Seminar Programme

Winter term
25 January 2022 
22 February 2022
22 March 2022

Summer term
26 April 2022
10 May 2022
14 June 2022

Organisers: Eve Hayes de Kalaf (IMLR) and Jack Webb (Manchester)

The Caribbean Studies Seminar Series is organised by the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) in collaboration with Race, Roots and Resistance (University of Manchester)

All are welcome to attend this free seminar, which will be held online via Zoom at 16:00 BST. You will need to register in advance to receive the online joining link. Please click on the Book Now button below to register.

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