Caribbean Literary Heritage: Recovering the Lost Past and Safeguarding the Future

Jennifer McDerraConference Room

We’d like to share early discoveries from our Caribbean Literary Heritage project focusing on the recovery and preservation of literary histories and the importance of private and public archives.

The key objectives for this session are i) to showcase the methodologies we have used to conduct a transatlantic recovery research project across a number of sites in the UK and Caribbean, and ii) make connections with other people interested in or already doing similar work.

Featuring findings from archival research in the Caribbean, UK and US, an online authors’ survey, new writing commissions in partnership with BOCAS Literature Festival, Trinidad and a podcast series we will explore why we gathered and how we hope to distribute our findings to create a lasting resource for future writers and researchers from multiple disciplines and regions.

Each member of the team will share the highlights from their individual research project in a relaxed, roundtable style setting (12 mins each). Engagement will be encouraged in response to archive materials and interview samples which we’ll intersperse to animate our explanations.

A concluding 25 minute split session will offer attendees the opportunity to participate in one of the following interactive groups co-facilitated by a senior and junior researcher from the team.

Session 1 focussing on researching in public and private archives in the UK and Caribbean will be co-facilitated by Prof Alison Donnell and Jen McDerra.

Session 2 will focus on the joys and perils of working with contemporary authors as research subjects, co-facilitated by Dr Marta Fernandez Campa and Zakiya McKenzie.

Prof. Alison Donnell | Head of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing | UEA
Dr Marta Fernandez Campa | Research Associate | UEA
Zakiya McKenzie | Postgraduate Researcher | University of Exeter
Jen McDerra | Postgraduate Researcher | UE

Sun 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm