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David V. Trotman <email@example.com>
Most of my intellectual pursuits have been fuelled by a need to understand a life born in orisha, nurtured by the jamette world of steelband and calypso, and formed in the intoxicating pre-independence years of a colonial society. All of that is to say that my academic interests have in large measure been shaped by my social and cultural formation. But my intellectual curiosity has necessarily forced me beyond its initial motivating impulses. I subscribe to the belief that the study of the Caribbean is also a window into the wider world; for Caribbean scholars who know only the Caribbean have an impoverished understanding of the region.
|Address:||2140 Vari Hall
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
|List Affiliations:||Advisory Board Member for H-Caribbean
|Interests:||African American History / Studies
Art and Art History
Ethnic History / Studies
Religious Studies and Theology
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
- Ph.D., History, The Johns Hopkins University (1980)
- M.A., History, The Johns Hopkins University,
- B.A. (Hons.), Department of History, York University
Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples
Department of History/Division of Humanities
Crime in Trinidad: Conflict and Control in a Plantation Society, (University of Tennessee Press, 1987).
Africa and Trans-Atlantic Memories: Literary and Aesthetic Manifestations of Diaspora and History, (Trenton,N.J: Africa World Press, 2008) – with Naana Opoku-Agyemang and Paul E.. Lovejoy.
Beyond Fragmentation: New Directions in Pan-Caribbean Scholarship, (Princeton, New Jersey: Markus Weiner Publishers, 2006) - with J. De Barros and A. Diptee.
Contesting Freedom: Control and Resistance in the Post-Emancipation Caribbean, (London: Macmillan Caribbean, 2005) - with Gad Heuman
Busha’s Mistress: A Stirring Romance from the Days of Slavery in Jamaica, by Cyrus Francis Perkins, (Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, 2004) - with Paul E. Lovejoy and Verene A. Shepherd.
Transatlantic Dimensions of Ethnicity in the African Diaspora, (London: Continuum, 2003) - with Paul E. Lovejoy
“Breaking the Silence on Haiti” in Revolución, Independencia, y Emancipación: La Lucha contra la esclavitud en el Circuncaribe, editors Rina Caceres Gómez and Paul E. Lovejoy (San José: UNESCO and Universidad de Costa Rica, 2008).
‘Oh Africa! Why don’t they leave you alone: The Images of Africa in the Calypso’ in eds., Naana Opoku-Agyemang, Paul E. Lovejoy, David V. Trotman, Africa and Trans-Atlantic Memories: Literary and Aesthetic Manifestations of Diaspora and History, (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2008), 201-231.
“Reflections on the Children of Shango: An Essay on a History of Orisa Worship in Trinidad” Slavery & Abolition, Vol.28, No.2, 2007, 211-234
“Performing the History: Contesting Historical Narratives in Trinidad and Tobago” Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, vol.32, No. 3, 2007, 73-110
“Public History, Landmarks and Decolonization in Trinidad,” Journal of Caribbean History, vol.40, No.1, 2006, 39-63
“Transforming Caribbean and Canadian Identity: Contesting claims for Toronto’s Caribana” Atlantic Studies, Vol. 2, No.2, October 2005, 177-198
‘Introduction’ in Contesting Freedom: Control and Resistance in the Post-Emancipation Caribbean, (London: Macmillan Caribbean, 2005), xv-xxx with Gad Heuman.
‘Capping the Volcano: Riots and their Suppression in Post-Emancipation Trinidad’ in Contesting Freedom: Control and Resistance in the Post-Emancipation Caribbean, (London: Macmillan Caribbean, 2005), 118-141.
‘Community of Believers: Trinidad Muslims and the Return to Africa, 1810-1850,’ in Slavery on the Frontiers of Islam, (New Jersey: Markus Weiner Publishers, 2004), 219-232 - with Paul E. Lovejoy
“Introduction: Ethnicity and the African Diaspora,” in Paul E. Lovejoy and David V. Trotman (eds.), Trans-Atlantic Dimensions of Ethnicity in the African Diaspora, (London: Continuum,2003), 1-8 – with Paul E. Lovejoy
“Africanizing and Creolizing the Plantation Frontier of Trinidad, 1787-1834” in Paul E. Lovejoy and David V. Trotman (eds.) Transatlantic Dimensions of Ethnicity in the African Diaspora (London: Continuum, 2003), 218-239.
“Enslaved Africans and their Expectations of Slave Life in the Americas: Towards a Reconsideration of Models of ‘Creolisation’” in Questioning Creole: Creolisation Discourses in Caribbean Culture eds. Verene A. Shepherd and Glen L. Richards (Oxford: James Currey Publishers; Kingston, Jamaica, Ian Randle Publishers, 2002), 67-91 - with Paul E. Lovejoy
“Experiencias de Vida y Expectativas: Nociones Africanas Sobre la Esclavitud y la Realidad en América” in Rina Cáceres (ed.) Rutas de la Esclavitud en África y América Latina (San José, Costa Rica: Editorial de la Universidad de Costa Rica, 2001), 379-404 - with Paul E. Lovejoy
“The Yoruba and Orisha Worship in Trinidad and British Guiana, 1838-1865” African Studies Review, Vol. 19, No. 2 September, 1976, 1-19.
“Introduction” in V.L. Thomas. Singing in Steel – Poems on the Steelband, (Elvidge Printing Co. Ltd., Toronto, 1983), 7-10.
“The Law and Labour Control in Nineteenth century Trinidad,” in A.R.M. Ritter (ed.) Latin America and the Caribbean: Geopolitics, Development and Culture (Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 1984), 328-344.
“Women and Crime in Late Nineteenth Century Trinidad” Caribbean Quarterly, Volume 30, Nos. 3 &4, September – December 1984, 60-72.
- Above reprinted in H. Beckles and V. Shepherd, Caribbean Freedom, [Ian Randle Publishers, Jamaica, 1993], 251-259.
“The Image of Indians in Calypso: Trinidad 1946-1986” in
F. Birbalsingh (ed.) Indenture and Exile – The Indo-Caribbean Experience, (TSAR Publications, Toronto, 1988), 176-190.
- Above reprinted in S. Ryan, Social and Occupational Stratification in Contemporary Trinidad, (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of the West Indies, Trinidad, 1991).