The Geopolitics of Going South for the Caribbean: moving away from NGOs?

The Geopolitics of Going South for the Caribbean: moving away from NGOs?
7 December 2016, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Athlone Room 102, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Dr Clara Rachel Eybalin Casseus, Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Convenor: William Tantam, Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Integrated Caribbean Research, ILAS

This paper critically engages with the geopolitical spaces of the Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean and questions the pertinence of memory in how Caribbean communities constitute new forms of belonging and citizenship across major European cities. I argue for a rethinking of the role of such communities in which people evolve, willingly move to, or are forcefully displaced by natural catastrophes (earthquake, frequent hurricanes).  They bring together mobility, urban migration, intellectual and financial capital flight, and spatio-temporal configurations at the intersection of current debates about the legitimacy of neo-colonial interference through NGOs. Based on secondary sources and field research conducted on Haiti, Cuba and Jamaica, I question how a Caribbean developmental shift through the prism of South-South framework based on an active role of diasporic Caribbean communities is gaining momentum within a broader geopolitical and pan-Caribbean solidarity. Finally, this paper provides new insights relating to memory, long-distance civic engagement and post-2015 development millennium goals.


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