Opening Ceremony

Capitalism and Slavery 75 Years Later – Dr Heather Cateau – Greetings
The CARICOM Reparations Commission in collaboration with the UWI Centre for Reparation Research and the Faculty of Humanities and Education at the UWI St. Augustine Campus is hosting an academic symposium to commemorate the 75th year of the publication of Eric Williams’ Capitalism and Slavery on the 13th November 2019.

The themes to be discussed include:

• Williams’ Caribbean Vision
• The Profits from Enslavement (16th – 19th Century)
• Impact of Capitalism and Slavery on the world today (21st Century)
• Capitalism and Slavery and Reparations
• Capitalism and Slavery – Global Connections
• Decolonising Caribbean History

At this symposium, we seek to gather scholars, intellectuals, corporate interest groups, artists, and activists to join us to examine the impact of Eric Williams and his work on the contemporary Caribbean and wider world. This symposium will also provide an opportunity to discuss his legacy with the next generation of leaders and intellectuals.

Such commemorative activities are taking place all over the world. Symposiums will be held in Britain and the United States. We are adding the Caribbean’s voice through this symposium at the UWI.

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