Call for Papers

Windrush 75 International Conference Reforming our Futures

The National Windrush Museum GB and the Institute of Caribbean Studies
Windrush 75 International Conference
Reforming our Futures

Call for Papers
Deadline for submission of abstracts and presentation proposals: 01 December 2022
Submit by email to:

To recognise and celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Windrush in the British Isles on the 22nd June 2023, the National Windrush Museum GB, and the Institute of Caribbean Studies, University of the West Indies at Mona Jamaica are delighted to announce Windrush 75 International Conference – Reforming our Futures.

This international summit invites academics, cultural commentators, Windrush stakeholders, public and private sector organisations across the globe to join the Conference. The event comes at a time where territorial shifts following Brexit, and post Covid uncertainties are impacting on, and changing culture. Economics, politics, migration, identity, notions of citizenship and belonging are being reshaped.

This conference brings new perspectives and methods to migration, identity, and culture studies. Museums, galleries, archives, public and private sector institutions are reforming their futures in consideration of strategies to decolonise organisations, Black Lives Matter, and the Windrush Scandal. The politics and policies of equality, diversity and inclusion are providing frameworks for greater institutional accountability, transactional organisation
cultures, co-production methods and praxis. We use the term Windrush to denote the people who emigrated from the Caribbean on the Empire Windrush in 1948 who became British settlers and their successors. However, we recognise that these debates must be set in the context of Caribbean Diaspora research and history involving the antecedents of Windrush generations.

The 75th Anniversary of Windrush will explore current and future opportunities to reform organisations to achieve equality of opportunity. The conference will be presented through a series of online and in person conference sessions in June 2023 in London, England. We welcome papers that address the following conference sub-themes:

  • Windrush histories and heritage.
  • The role of Windrush in the history of religions.
  • Windrush sociology and politics.
  • Windrush orality, transnational and transgenerational discourses.
  • Windrush research, theories, and practice.
  • Windrush visual arts, design, and media.
  • Windrush through video essays, films, radio, Tv, media and broadcasting.
  • Windrush popular culture studies.
  • Windrush and new technologies (robotics, AI, or quantum technologies).
  • Social media, new media, and Windrush expressions?
  • Windrush Journalist stories.
  • Windrush micro histories.
  • Windrush education studies.
  • Windrush and the family.
  • Windrush and environmental studies.
  • Windrush gender studies.
  • Windrush musicians and innovation studies.
  • Windrush poetry and literature.
  • Windrush connecting Caribbean diasporas.
  • Windrush entrepreneurship, invention, enterprise, and creative industries.
  • Windrush through fashion and style.
  • Windrush healthcare and inequality.
  • Windrush Covid and post Covid narratives and research.
  • Windrush and Brexit.
  • Windrush racism, law and policy making.
  • The Windrush Scandal and Compensation scheme.
  • Windrush reparations.
  • Windrush and the Public sector.

The Conference convenors welcome presentations and displays made through innovative uses of media and technology alongside traditional formats. Presentation proposals from artists, filmmakers, musicians, students and thought leaders are welcome.

We welcome panel submissions. For pre-organised panels, include one abstract for each presenter. Each abstract should include the following information: name of author/authors; email address/es; name of associated institution; and keywords of presentation.

Abstracts and/or ideas for paper presentations for individuals or panel presentations should be no more than 250 words supported by a short biography no longer than 100 words. This should be submitted to the conference organisers for international peer review.

Conference date: June 2023. Date to be confirmed.

Deadline for all abstract submissions is: 01 December 2022.

Please submit abstract (250 words) and vitae (100 words) by email to: with the subject heading “International Windrush Conference 2023″.

If you have any queries, please contact the International Windrush Conference Secretariat for the attention of:
Dr. Lisa Tomlinson, Institute of Caribbean Studies or
Sue Liburd MBE DL, Director National Windrush Museum

Contact email:

Conference Convenors:
National Windrush Museum: Dr Les Johnson and Sue Liburd MBE DL
Institute of Caribbean Studies: Dr Dave Gosse and Dr Lisa Tomlinson