Nicole A. Burrowes F'20

Nicole A. Burrowes
Assistant Professor
African and African Diaspora Studies
University of Texas at Austin

ACLS Fellowship Program 2020
Assistant Professor
African and African Diaspora Studies
University of Texas at Austin
Seeds of Solidarity: African-Indian Relations and the 1935 Labor Rebellions in British Guiana

"Seeds of Solidarity" explores the historical possibility of a movement forged by those at the edges of empire in the midst of economic, political and environmental crises. This research examines African- and Indian-Guianese youth, women, and men who worked on sugar plantations and led a series of labor uprisings during the 1930s in a context that actively pitted these racialized communities against each other. Joint action did not signal the leveling of difference or the erasure of strong racial identities, rather these identities provided a basis for concerted action at home and globally. The intervention of this work is three-pronged: to center plantation workers and the 1930s in the development of modern politics in the Caribbean; to expand the framework of “overlapping diasporas;” and to counter generations of hegemonic narratives that center conflict by theorizing about the potential basis for solidarity amidst profound structures of difference.