Institute Of Commonwealth Studies MM Research 30 October 2021
Meeting Dr Juanita Cox at Windrush Day in Southwark
I contacted Dr Cox and she responded only for her to end up playing the same game as others I reached out to with my story. Now I have decided to write and self-publish my stories from now on. Let me adhere to Copyright Act 1976 Section 107 “Fair Use” from information I collected from Dr Cox’s hand out at Africa Day.
INSTITUTE OF COMMONWEALTH STUDIES
SCHOOL OF ADVANCED STUDY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
The Windrush Scandal in a Transitional and Commonwealth Context
The Windrush Generation: Oral History Resources
One of the aims of this 3-year project, ‘The Windrush Scandal in a Transnational and Commonwealth Context’ is to identify holdings of oral history resources on the Windrush Generation across the UK. The objective is to create a database of oral history holdings which will be hosted on a dedicated section of the School of Advanced Study’s website alongside other key outputs of the wider project. It will also be located as a searchable catalogue on the Black Cultural Archives’ (BCA) website. The British Library will also signpost oral history users to the database.
As no composite catalogue currently exists, Dr Juanita Cox, the project’s full-time research fellow, will be reaching to Windrush community elders/leaders, oral historians and academics for any information on the location of on- and/or off-line resources of interest.
The Institute of Commonwealth Studies has a strong academic interest in recording and analysing marginalised and silenced voices from ethnic minority groups in the UK and recognises the need to address the absences in Black British History. It seeks to provide invaluable teaching resources for those academics seeking to decolonise the curriculum of their institutions. We hope too that it will provide an important bridge between the academic world and the many researchers outside the academy who have been active in this field for decades.
The Windrush Generation is here defined as those citizens of the United Kingdom and colonies (CUKCs) who arrived in the UK from the late 1940s through to early 1970s.
If you can help with this project, please contact Dr Juanita Cox via: Juanita.email@example.com or mobile: 07932 222915.
Have you, your friends or family been affected by the Windrush Scandal?
Or have you helped others to regularise their status?
The key objective of the wider project is to develop a digital research resource of sixty extended interviews on the national and diplomatic activism around the Windrush scandal. Oral and archival research will be combined to explore the links between international diplomacy and community activism, providing insights into the ways in which support from diplomats enhanced and amplified the community-based campaigning and investigative reporting.
Thirty of the interviews will focus on members of the Windrush Generation and their descendants (those whose every day lives were blighted by the hostile environment) and on their supporters, legal and political representatives. The other thirty will focus on the response of Caribbean governments and their representatives in London to the legal restrictions imposed on immigration to the UK from the Caribbean from the early 1960s, and the plight of those members of the diaspora community, whose right to remain in the UK was challenged by the British State.
The interviews will explore the extent to which complexities of the law governing nationality exacerbated confusion around citizenship and belonging. They will seek to identify the extent to which members of the diaspora were aware of changes to their rights and obligations brought about by successive acts of parliament from 1962, and the stages by which it became clear significant numbers of people were having their right to remain in the UK challenged.
Our team will seek to ensure the broadest possible dissemination with a special seminar at the Black Cultural Archives for community activists on the project’s findings. We will stage a project ‘roadshow’ which will visit cities in the UK with significant Caribbean communities. We will provide separate seminars aimed at the staff of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Office and the Caribbean High Commissions in London.
We expect the research resources we produce to be used widely by academics and students producing undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. Our podcasts will be aimed at those outside the University, with one podcast specifically aimed at pupils taking the OCR History GCSE module ‘Migration to Britain, 1000-2010’. Our articles for the British Library’s ‘Windrush Stories’ website will enable us to demonstrate the relevance of our project materials to a range of researcher and educators.
If you are able to contribute to this project, please contact Dr Juanita Cox via…. Or Mobile/WhatsApp…
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