Global Warwickshire Collective (GWC) are a group consisting of  scholars, activists and community engagement practitioners who have joined forces on a project which aims at recruiting local descendants of the Windrush Generation to act as “Decolonial Detectives”, digging deeper into inter-related hidden histories.

 

Dr Meleisa Ono-George

Director of Student Experience and Senior Teaching Fellow in Caribbean History.

A recent survey of history departments in the UK revealed that out of almost three thousand people employed as academics, only fifteen were of Black Caribbean or African ancestry. As a historian interested in questions of power, race and the production of history,  one of the crucial questions for me, and a question that the shocking absence of Black historians in the UK has raised, is who gets to determine the focus in research of Black British history and who gets to construct and shape the narrative? The Windrush Strikes Back project is important for several reasons, one of which is its focus on community-engaged history, the production of history that is determined by the community for the community. By involving community from the onset of the research, I hope that this project can make critical intervention and pose a challenge to exclusivity and lack of diverse perspectives within the field of history.

 

Black Conscious Coventry (BCC)

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Black Conscious Coventry (BCC) is a community based organisation formed by Cherelle Harding, Nathaniel Prescod, Jerome Lammy and Jerome Prescod. 

BCC hosts events which offer thought provoking topics and explores historical and contemporary issues that affect the Black Community. These discussions will sort to find tangible solutions to the challenges that the community faces.Our vision is to make a positive impact within Coventry. The mission is to Educate, Motivate, Unite and raise the consciousness of the African and Caribbean community within Coventry.

We got involved in ‘Windrush Strikes Back’ as we are passionate about exploring and sharing the experiences of the Windrush Generation and how their experiences have impacted on the generations that followed them. Britain’s historical amnesia is no accident. It has caused tremendous damage to our community and therefore we were emboldened to be part of a project that not only provides vital self-esteem but also tackles the lack of historical accuracy to our contribution, within Warwickshire in particular. We believe that intergenerational conversations between old young are integral to community development and cohesiveness.

 

Dr Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman

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Senior Teaching Associate in the School of Sociology, Politics, and International Studies and Member of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship and the Centre for Black Humanities at the University of Bristol

I, like other children of the eighties and nineties, am a Millennial. I am that middling Generation Y, caught uncomfortably, between an inter-generational failure of mutual understanding between, on the one hand, the Windrush Generation X and, on the other, the so called iGeneration, Generation Z. It is my duty as a Black British Millennial to exhume the hidden histories of my own generation, in order that I may, through a better knowledge of myself and of how I belong, act as a conversational bridge between the two generations either side of me.

This is the motivation underpinning my participation in the Global Warwickshire
Collective’s new project, Windrush Strikes Back: Decolonising Global Warwickshire, which aims, within Caribbean communities, here, in Britain, to train members of the generation that comes after us, in the tools of historical research that will enable them to recover and record the stories of the generations that came before us. And I think that’s quintessentially what I’ve come to realise my belonging, here, in Britain, is: it is the role I have to play in an ongoing multi-generational struggle.

 

Leon Sealey-Huggins 

Lecturer in Global Sustainable Development

My work centres on the social relations of climate change, with a particular focus on the Caribbean region. In my research I consider the sociology and politics of climate change in the Caribbean, investigating what climate justice means in the context of global historical, and present, inequalities. I am particularly keen to bring a sociological lens to bear upon what are often very unsociological, and depoliticised, discussions of climate change.

 

Lara Choksey

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, University of Exeter.

My work has become committed to decolonial practices – in what I research,  the ways in which I move through it, and the collaborations this opens up. Working as a journalist in India and a scholar in the UK has meant making sense of the shadows between theory and praxis, and asking how history hurls itself into anachronisms of the present. Postcolonial migration is the reason I exist: my grandparents and dad – part of a diminishing diaspora, the Parsis of India – moved from Kolkata in the 1970s to the Britain of Rivers of Blood. I’m involved in Windrush Strikes Back for several reasons: it takes approaches to local history that resist colonialism in the everyday by identifying how its infrastructures – national, global, local – continue to shape the ways we live together. It is focused on enabling inter-generational conversations on the ongoing legacies of Windrush in the Midlands in a way that can be shared between different regions. And it is weaving a web of affinities between descendants of the Windrush generation who want to take an active role in supporting the next generation to do the same.