Constructing the Greater Caribbean

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There is a sense in which the divisions of language are part of a larger picture that we could call the ‘legacy of empire’ in our region; and it is a useful point of departure. In these reflections, I want to explore how far the on-going project of constructing the Caribbean may usefully be looked at the through the optic of the opposing forces of empire and resistance. After a brief tour of the imperial project I will invite you to consider with me some of the principal resistance projects — by which I mean regional projects of indigenous construction — which have impacted our ideas of region and their political and institutional expressions
(Keynote Address: SALISES, Regional Integration Conference 2013, Rethinking Regionalism: Beyond the CARICOM Integration Project, 7 October 2013)
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