UCL Institute of the Americas


Event on Walter Rodney and Jamaica 40 years after his assassination

18 November 2020

This programme is presented by the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) and Twelve30 Collective in association with UCL Institute of the Americas

Island Rebel event poster
Everyone is invited to 'Island Rebel: Walter Rodney and Jamaica'. The programme consists of two films by Matthew J Smith (UCL), which will be available for 24 hours from 11 December. Registered guests can join the film director and Jonathan Ali (BIMI) for a conversation at 17:00 on 12 December 2020.

Island Rebel: Walter Rodney and Jamaica
Two Films by Matthew J. Smith
The Past Is Not Our Future: Walter Rodney’s Student Years (2018)
Disturbance 1968 (2020)

When: 12 December 2020, 17:00 — 18:30
Venue: Online

More details of this event here.

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About the filmmaker:

Matthew J. Smith is Professor of History and Director of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-Ownership at University College London. His publications include Liberty, Fraternity, Exile: Haiti and Jamaica After Emancipation (2014) and Red and Black in Haiti: Radicalism, Conflict and Political Change, 1934-1957 (2009). His current research projects include a study of the representations and legacies of the Morant Bay Rebellion in Jamaica in 1865, and a social history of Jamaican popular music since the 1950s.

Walter Rodney's 1978 visit to Hamburg University

You may also be interested in this event organised by UCL Institute of the Americas on December 9 2020, with Dr Leo Zeilig (University of London) | More details and registration here.


Professor Matthew J. Smith - academic profile

Link to BIMI event page

Link to book your place

Twelve30 Collective website

Details and registration: On an Oil Drum: Walter Rodney's visit to Hamburg in 1978


Poster of 'Island Rebel: Walter Rodney and Jamaica' - courtesy of Matthew J. Smith