White Debt-the Demerara Uprising And Britain’s Legacy Of Slavery

White Debt-the Demerara Uprising And Britain's Legacy Of Slavery

Retrospective notes on the 1823 Demerara slave rebellion: 200 years after

This event marks the 200th Anniversary of the Demerara Uprising. At the time it was the largest rebellion of enslaved people in the British Empire.


Date and time: Wed, 20 Sep 2023 18:00 – 21:00 BST

Location: Marlborough House Pall Mall London SW1Y 5HX

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Alissa Trotz & Ulele Burnham

Alissa Trotz is a Professor of Caribbean Studies at New College and the Director of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. She is affiliate faculty at the Dame Nita Barrow Institute of Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados.

She is editor of The Point is to Change the World: Selected Writings by Andaiye (2020) which was published last year as O importante é transformar o mundo, by Edition Funilaria in Brazil. For the last 15 years, she has edited a weekly newspaper column, In the Diaspora, in the Guyanese newspaper The Stabroek News.

Ulele Burnham’s practice spans the law relating to mental capacity and mental health, equality and human rights law.She is a member and former Chair of the Executive Committee of the Discrimination Law Association (Chair 2004-2006), a member of the Advisory Board of the AHRC Research Centre for Law Gender and Sexuality and was for 5 years (2002-2006) an occasional tutor in Labour Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is regularly invited to provide specialist training in respect of both equality and human rights law and mental capacity/mental health law.

She has for the past four years delivered training on the Equality Act 2010 at the annual Justice/Sweet & Maxwell Human Rights Law Conference and has done a raft of training sessions on a variety of aspects of Court of Protection practice for local authorities and solicitors in private practice. Prior to coming to the bar she was a part-time lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London

Juanita Cox

Juanita Cox gained her PhD in 2013 from the Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham, and is a winner of the prestigious RE Bradbury Memorial Prize. She is currently the leading authority on the life and work of the Guyanese novelist, Edgar Mittelholzer (1909-1965) and is editor of the compendium, Creole Chips and Other Writing (2018). Other publications include ‘Buried in the Landscape: Edgar Mittelholzer’s Creative Gene(sis)/Geni(us), and Revolting Subtexts’ in Aje, L., Lacroix, T. and Misrahi-Barak, J. (eds) Re-imagining the Guyanas (2019).

Juanita was a former Associate Fellow of the London Metropolitan University, where she lectured for three years in Caribbean Studies and Black British History.

She co-founded the ground-breaking series Guyana SPEAKS in 2017, an education and networking forum, which has become a key monthly event in the calendar of the London-based Guyanese diaspora.

In 2019 she worked on the “Nationality, Identity and Belonging: An Oral History of the ‘Windrush Generation’ and their Relationship to the British State, 1948-2018” project at the University of London’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies and is now working at the Institute of Historical Research on a three-year AHRC-funded oral history project, “The Windrush Scandal in a Transnational and Commonwealth Context”. She is a trustee on the Board of the Oral History Society.