David V. Trotman

Professor in the Department of History at York University and cross appointed with the Department of Humanities, he is a lifelong member of the Casablanca Steel Orchestra and has worked as a Community Development Officer in Trinidad & Tobago. As a foremost authority on the carnival tradition, he has been a judge for the Ontario Association of Calypso Performers (OCAP) and has also trained judges for the Caribbean Cultural Committee (Caribana).

Remembering Africa

Memory, Public History and Representations of the Past
with Audra A. Diptee, 2012

The essays in this collection are concerned with the construction of memories and public histories. They explore the processes and dynamics that shape the ways in which Africa and its Diasporas have been historicized outside of the academy. The chapters focus on the public presentation of the imagined past of Africa, and of the uses of that past both within Africa and in the numerous African Diasporas created by the historical and contemporary movement of Africans outside of Africa.

Africa and Trans-Atlantic Memories

Literary and Aesthetic Manifestations of Diaspora and Historywith Naana Opoku-Agyemang and  Paul E. Lovejoy, 2008

The Trans-Atlantic slave trade and the concomitant enslavement of Africans created an enduring connection between Africa and the scattered communities of peoples of African origins in the Americas and elsewhere. The tragic events of slavery have profoundly influenced the literary imagination, whether in Africa, Europe or the Americas. The authors in this collection explore the ways in which trans-Atlantic constructions of this historical experience find expression in the literary mode.

Crime in Trinidad

Conflict and Control in a Plantation Society1987

This book examines the inner tensions and conflicts of Trinidad’s plantation economy. It argues that the antagonisms between class, ethnic, and even gender groups “facilitated the development of activity that was labeled criminal.” From emancipation in 1833 onward, what was considered as criminal in Trinidad evolved with the changing socio-economic structure of the plantation society. The “plantocracy” had to devise new ways of keeping plantations operating, and in order to do so, they developed mechanisms to tie the labor  of former slaves who were now free to the land.

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