History This Week

The Charter on Language Policy and Language Rights in the Creole-speaking Caribbean

Implications for Language Education in Guyana

By Charlene Wilkinson & Kencil Banwarie University of Guyana Department of Language & Cultural Studies Faculty of Education & the Humanities In January of this year, a landmark conference in Jamaica concluded with the presentation to members of the public of the final draft of The Charter on Language Policy and Language Rights in the Creole Speaking Caribbean.  

A Consequence of Slavery: “Dem Black People Chuch”: The AMEC

Introduction The United Nations has designated the year 2011 as International year FOR (not of) People of African Descent. As the group most affected by racism the year seeks to strengthen the commitment to eradicating discrimination against people of African descent and, among other things, help in “the promotion of a greater knowledge of and respect for their diverse heritage.” Undoubtedly, the residual discrimination and inequalities still faced by people of African descent are some of the legacies of the centuries of enslavement and even after freedom the inferior status with which all things African/ black were and still are associated most often, sadly, by people of African descent.

Recording Guyanese political history: Memory, `archives’ and narrative overlook

History This Week No.49/2010

By Nigel Westmaas This essay is concerned about the politics of memory.  As Guyana’s newest political (elections) season unfurls there will be  numerous references to events, concepts and phrases that support attendant political narratives, that is, Guyanese political history as mainly defined by the two mass political parties that have been at the helm of the country’s political life since 1953.

History This Week: Creating and solidifying African ethnic identity in Guiana

History this week                    No. 31/2010 This article briefly explores the creation and solidification of African ethnic identity and the incorporation of Guiana into the world economy and argues that historically the intensification of ethnic contestation between Africans and other ethnic groups was a consequence of the structural contradictions that lie beneath the construction and reproduction of ethnicity in Guiana in order to support capitalism and its inequitable division of labour.

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