INTERVIEW: Rice x Caryl Phillips on African Atlantic Memory

Caryl Phillips / Source: Center for Creative Arts
Alan Rice. “A Home for Ourselves in the World: Caryl Phillips on Slave Forts and Manillas as African Atlantic Sites of Memory.” Atlantic Studies 9, no. 3 (2012): 363–372.

“This interview with the black Atlantic writer Caryl Phillips focuses on his non-fiction works and interrogates his ideas on the African diaspora and memorialisation, paying particular attention to such locales as African slave forts and European museums. It also discusses his latest work – a play about the 1940s friendship between Richard Wright and C.L.R. James. The interview discusses the long view of memorialisation on the transatlantic slave trade and interrogates the importance of the bicentenary celebrations of the abolition of the trade in Britain in 2007 to new structures of feeling and curriculum developments that have made the issues raised by the slave trade and its aftermath more central to British historiography. A final section discusses African diaspora communities and their challenge to find a home space amidst the detritus of slavery. Phillips discusses the importance of a slave manilla in his quest for an anchor for memory.”

This special issue of Atlantic Studies, “The Slave Trade’s Dissonant Heritage: Memorial Sites, Museum Practices, and Dark Tourism,” included articles by Alan Rice, Johanna C. Kardux, Lubaina Hamid, Charles Forsdick, Marian Gwyn, Anne Eichmann, and Senam Okudzeto.

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TOC: Slavery & Abolition 30:2


Volume 30:2 is a special issue called  “Remembering Slave Trade Abolitions: Reflections on 2007 in International Perspective”.

Guest Editors:  Diana Paton and Jane Webster.

The table of contents is available here.  More information on the journal is available here.


Remembering Slave Trade Abolitions: Reflections on 2007 in International Perspective
Diana Paton; Jane Webster
Pages 161 – 167

‘Do You Remember the Days of Slav’ry?’ Connecting the Present with the Past in Contemporary Jamaica
Annie Paul
Pages 169 – 178

Barbados and the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade
Karl Watson
Pages 179 – 195
Reflections in a Shattered Glass: The British Council’s Celebrations of the Bicentenary of the 1807 Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade in Ghana
Manu Herbstein
Pages 197 – 207

The Slave Trade in Northern Ghana: Landmarks, Legacies and Connections
Benjamin W. Kankpeyeng
Pages 209 – 221

Remembering Slavery and Abolition in Bristol
Madge Dresser
Pages 223 – 246

Black Voices and Absences in the Commemorations of Abolition in North East England
Sheree Mack
Pages 247 – 257

Bringing it Home: Making Local Meaning in 2007 Bicentenary Exhibitions
Geoffrey Cubitt
Pages 259 – 275

Interpreting the Bicentenary in Britain
Diana Paton
Pages 277 – 289

Revealing Histories, Dialogising Collections: Museums and Galleries in North West England Commemorating the Abolition of the Slave Trade
Alan Rice
Pages 291 – 309

The Unredeemed Object: Displaying Abolitionist Artefacts in 2007
Jane Webster
Pages 311 – 325

The Brooks Slave Ship Icon: A ‘Universal Symbol’?
Jacqueline Francis
Pages 327 – 338