Retrospective notes on the 1823 Demerara slave rebellion: 200 years after

Speaker: Nigel Westmaas

The Demerara rebellion of 1823 was an uprising involving more than 10,000 enslaved people that took place in the colony of Demerara-Essequibo (modern day Guyana)

Guyanese researcher and public scholar Nigel Westmaas is Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at Hamilton College, New York. He has published articles in journals and newspapers including “Resisting Orthodoxy: Notes on the Origins and Ideology of the Working People’s Alliance” in Small Axe journal; a chapter titled “An Organic Activist: Eusi Kwayana, Guyana and global Pan-Africanism” in the text Black Power in the Caribbean (University Press of Florida, 2014). In 2021 he published chapters in two books, The Red and The Black: The Russian Revolution and The Black Atlantic (edited by David Featherstone & Christian Hogsberg, Manchester University Press) and in The Fire that Time (edited by Ronald Cummings and Nalini Mohabir, Black Rose books). His long-term book project, A Political Glossary of Guyana (Edwin Mellen Press) was published in 2021.