A YEAR FOR RESEARCH
Award enables study of Afro-Carribean migrants
By Melanie Jock
ECU News Services
East Carolina University history professor Kennetta Perry was recently awarded the American Council of Learned Societies fellowship grant for her research in Afro-Caribbean migrants in Britain during the 1950s and 60s.
In 2012, the American Council of Learned Societies will award over $15 million to more than 320 scholars worldwide working in the humanities and related social sciences.
The ACLS fellowship grant awards associate professors like Perry up to $35,000, intended as salary replacement to compensate professors for the year taken off teaching to conduct research.
Perry’s year off will be spent conducting interviews with migrants who experienced this struggle, doing research and writing, revising and finishing the draft of her book.
Her book, tentatively titled “London is the place for me: Black Britons, Citizenship, and the Politics of Belonging,” explores how Caribbean migrants fought for their status as British citizens following World War II.
Perry said the book aims to show race in global terms, revealing, “how race and racism are not unique to the United States, which will window into how racial politics operate in other parts of the world.”
“It explores how these Afro-Caribbean migrants felt they had a right to citizenship. It gets to this basic question, ‘Who has the right to belong, and can make a claim of belonging?’”
Perry is grateful for the award, but said she will miss the year off from teaching and interacting with students.
“I am fortunate that the university is supporting me in this effort and I am able to take advantage of the fellowship,” she said.
Perry aims to have her work submitted to the Academic Press by Spring 2013.