Keynote Speakers

Professor Brinsley Samaroo

Orientalizing Caribbean Society: Chinese and Indian diasporic journeys



Professor Brinsley Samaroo has had a long career in teaching, public service and research. He first graduated from Delhi University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. He then graduated from London University with a Ph.D. in Caribbean history. He has specialized in the study of the Indian diaspora, visiting India regularly for research and teaching. He served as Leader of the Opposition in the Senate of Trinidad and Tobago from 1981 to 1986 and as Minister of Government from 1986 to 1991. He lectured at the University of the West Indies from 1969 to 2005 and served as Senior Research Fellow at the University of Trinidad and Tobago from 2005 to 2013.

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Michael Toussaint

The Legacy of Slavery and the African Diaspora: From New World Enslavement to Calls for Reparation.



Michael Toussaint is a lecturer at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. Currently, he lectures on Imperial History, and the history of the African Diaspora. Previously, he taught a number of other courses at The UWI. These included Caribbean Civilization, the History of the West Indies, and History of Africa.

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Vijaya Teelock

Establishing a methodology for a comparative study of slave/indentured societies



Vijayalakshmi Teelock is Associate Professor at the University of Mauritius and Founder and Coordinator, Centre for Research on Slavery and Indenture, University of Mauritius. She is President of the International Scientific committee of the Slave Route Project of UNESCO and Chairperson of the International Scientific Committee of the Indentured Labour Route Project. She was also Vice-Chairperson of the Truth and Justice Commission, a Presidential Commission established to examine the consequences of slavery and indentured labour on Mauritius.

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Ajay Dubey

Migration, Diaspora and Development


Ajay Dubey has done a Ph.D. in International Studies. He is Currently Director of the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Studies, JNU ; , Chairperson, Centre for African Studies, JNU and since  March 2018, he is also Director of the Energy Studies Programme, JNU. His research areas are International Studies, Foreign Policy, African Affairs and Diasporas Studies. He is the principal Investigator of the Major Research Project Team under UPE II on ‘Diaspora in Development: Comparative Assessment of Harnessing Globalisation’, 2014-2019. He completed the UGC Major Research Project as Principal Investigator on ‘India and Indian Diaspora in Africa’ at CAS/SIS/JNU, 2010-13.

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