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10 October 2023

Grenada, 1973-83 | Beginnings of a Revolution, Invasion, Aftermath

Join us in the one-day symposium bringing academics, creatives, activists and community-based researchers to share research, ideas and reflections on the Grenada Revolution.

Online event | Fri 27 Oct 2023 | Free

In 1979, Grenada became the first and so far only revolutionary socialist nation in the history of the English-speaking world. The Revolution arguably began with the emergence of the New Jewel Movement in 1973, initially a coalition and coalescing of diverse radical Black energies, and ended dramatically and violently with the USA’s invasion of the island ten years later.

This conference invites researchers from across academic disciplines, creative practices, and other forms of knowledge-making to present new thinking about the Grenada revolution, its origins and its aftermath.

Organized by Nicole-Rachelle Moore and Philip Abraham (British Library), Hannah Ishmael (King's College London) and Kesewa John (Goldsmiths).

The event will be delivered via Zoom. Please register here (Passcode: 510004).

A selection of books placed against a work table.
A selection of British Library collection items on the Grenada Revolution


Draft programme:

12.00 – 12.10 Welcome and Housekeeping

12.10 – 13.25 Panel 1

Steve Cushion | By Our Own Hands: A People's History of the Grenadian Revolution.
Jacob Fairless Nicholson and Nathaniel Telemaque | The Grenada Revolution on Radio Free Grenada.
Shantel George | ‘Spiritual Baptists in Grenada Have No Say’: African-Derived Religions and the Unfinished Revolution.
Asya Ostroukh | Kelsen’s Legal Theory as Doctrinal Source of Law in Common-law Courts: Is Kelsen law in Grenada?

13.25 – 13.40 Break

13.40 – 14.55 Panel 2
Oliver Benoit |The Grenada Revolution (1979-83): the nationalism perspective.
Patsy Lewsi | A Multi-dimensional exploration of size in the Grenada Revolution.
Shalini Puri | Demilitarizing Memory of the Grenada Revolution: Unarchived Pasts, Possible Futures

14.55 – 16.00 Break

16.00 – 17.15 Panel 3
Nyala Thompson Grunwald | Grenada in the Caribbean: Exploring Creative Resistance and Cohabitation in Revolution.
Yndia Lorick-Wilmot | A Revealing Fire: Grenadian Diasporic Memory and Reflections on the New Jewel Movement and the Future of the Isle of Spice’s Sovereignty.
Suelin Low Chew Tung | Visual art, memory and memorialisation.
Angus Martin | A Grenada Revolution Museum and Archives: A Must for the Next Generations.

17.15 – 17.25 Break

17.25 – 18.40 Panel 4
Laura Calkins | Grenada’s North London ‘Twin:’ Caribbean Revolution and the Shaping of British Leftism in 1980s Islington.
Zach Myers | ‘Heirs of Marryshow’: Federation, Regionalism and the Grenada Revolution.
Eric Selbin | The Grenadian Revolution: The Paris Commune of the West Indies.
Amandla Thomas-Johnson | Racial Capitalism and the route to the Grenadian Revolution.

18.40 – 19.00 Closing remarks and discussion

We are looking forward to welcoming you!

If you have any questions please email [email protected].