Dr Shantel George

  • Lecturer (History)

Research interests

My current book project, “The Yoruba Are on a Rock”: Liberated Africans and African Work in Grenada, focuses on the 2,700 recaptives that were sent to Grenada between 1836 and 1863. One of their key cultural legacies of was Orisha worship—a combination of dance, music, healing, divination, animal sacrifice, spirit possession, and feasts—which originated among the Yoruba people of western Africa. Over time, this practice became known as “African work” in Grenada. My book provides a new way of interpreting African work in Grenada, arguing that rather than being a survival of a homogenous group of liberated Yoruba, it has been recreated through exchanges within the island, the wider Eastern Caribbean, as well as across the Atlantic world.

I am also working on a global history of the kola nut. The aim of my project is to foreground the role of Africans in the production, distribution and consumption of the kola nut. To do so, it charts the history and influence of the nut in Africa, the circum-Caribbean, Europe, and North America between 1500 and 1900, and uses this investigation of the kola nut as a case study to highlight and explain the long-neglected role of Africans as distributors and consumers of global commodities. 

Publications

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2020

George, S. (2020) Diaspora consciousness, historical memory, and culture in liberated African villages in Grenada, 1850s–2014. In: Anderson, R. and Lovejoy, H. B. (eds.) Liberated Africans and the Abolition of the Slave Trade, 1807-1896. Series: Rochester studies in African history and the diaspora. University of Rochester Press: Rochester, NY, pp. 348-408. ISBN 9781580469692 (doi: 10.1017/9781787446557.020)

George, S. (2020) Tracing the ethnic origins of enslaved Africans in Grenada. Atlantic Studies, 17(2), pp. 160-183. (doi: 10.1080/14788810.2018.1509581)

2016

George, S. (2016) The cosmopolitan Caribbean spirit and Europe. In: Bhambra, G. and Narayan, J. (eds.) European Cosmopolitanism: Colonial Histories and Postcolonial Societies. Series: International library of sociology. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 106-118. ISBN 9781138961104

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Articles

George, S. (2020) Tracing the ethnic origins of enslaved Africans in Grenada. Atlantic Studies, 17(2), pp. 160-183. (doi: 10.1080/14788810.2018.1509581)

Book Sections

George, S. (2020) Diaspora consciousness, historical memory, and culture in liberated African villages in Grenada, 1850s–2014. In: Anderson, R. and Lovejoy, H. B. (eds.) Liberated Africans and the Abolition of the Slave Trade, 1807-1896. Series: Rochester studies in African history and the diaspora. University of Rochester Press: Rochester, NY, pp. 348-408. ISBN 9781580469692 (doi: 10.1017/9781787446557.020)

George, S. (2016) The cosmopolitan Caribbean spirit and Europe. In: Bhambra, G. and Narayan, J. (eds.) European Cosmopolitanism: Colonial Histories and Postcolonial Societies. Series: International library of sociology. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 106-118. ISBN 9781138961104

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Grants

2019 Library Fellowship, The John Carter Brown Library, Brown University

2019 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University