2017 GKSL Award Winners

PRIZE WINNER:

American Imperialism’s Undead book coverRaphael Dalleo,  American Imperialism’s Undead.  The Occupation of Haiti and the Rise of Caribbean Anticolonialism. (University of Virginia Press, 2016).

Consulted many archives; research wide and deep; accessible and well written; deep continuous arguments; uses literature to make links across the Caribbean; fully interdisciplinary.  Draws on Truillot “silencing” narrative. Argues that Haiti today can best be understood using the post-occupation period rather than the post-revolutionary and impact on the anti-colonial thinkers with a range of thinkers. Title plays with zombification and the zombie trope to create an anti-Haiti narrative.  Expands boundaries of Haitian/pan-Caribbean/Pan-African.

HONORABLE MENTION:

Milagros Ricourt,  The Dominican Racial Imaginary.  Surveying the Landscape of Race and Nation in Hispaniola.(Rutgers University Press, 2016)
Revisionist underpinning challenging settled opinions about the ways that blackness has been marginalized. Archival research; personal experiences; interviews, good field work; good links to other Caribbean landscapes. Ecological framework; eco-systems of religions. Research well grounded.

Eric D. Duke.  Building a Nation. Caribbean Federation in the Black Diaspora. (University Press of Florida, 2016)
Situates West Indian Federation in a much longer history where different groups and interests would anticipate that there would be a black majority; political divisions etc along with reaching out to the diaspora. Has a good pan-Caribbean in focus.

Hilary Mc D. Beckles.  The First Black Slave Society.  Britain’s “Barbarity Time” in Barbados, 1636-1876 (UWI Press, 2016)
Draws a distinction between the scope of slavery – its intensiveness and extensiveness in a small space; well-researched and provocative; reparations narrative also runs through it.  Develops analysis of the stratification system; intensity of slavery. Anglo-Atlantic system of race with Barbados visible by 1650’s and 80-90% slaves.