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Research Network: Archipelagos in Reverse

Reading Group Testimonies on the History of Jamaica Vol. 1 Daniella Rose King and Zakiya Mckenzie

31 Mar 2022
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    Thursday 31 March 2022

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    Daniella Rose King

Daniella Rose King will be joined by writer and researcher Zakiya McKenzie for an online reading group on Thursday 31 March at 6pm to explore McKenzie’s publication Testimonies on the History of Jamaica Vol. 1.

This work of historical fiction imagines subaltern historical Jamaican figures–including a root worker, maroon and supernatural demi-god–to consider the genocidal and environmental catastrophes wrought by colonialism in the Caribbean.

This reading group is open to all; it is a supportive and peer-led space for thinking and learning together. It is a space for constructive disagreements and critical engagement that is always based on mutual respect, interest, and care. If you have any access requirements, please email us in advance at info@iniva.org and we will do our best to accommodate them.

All texts are read together in the group, you don’t need to read them in advance.


Daniella Rose King is a curator and writer concerned with artistic practices of the Caribbean diaspora with a particular focus on feminist readings of transatlantic geographies and their histories of extraction. She has curated exhibitions and publication projects that address concerns at the intersection of black geographic thought, feminism, and the environment.

She is currently Adjunct Curator of Caribbean Diasporic Art, Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational, where she works closely with the curatorial teams at Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Between 2017-2020 she was the Whitney-Lauder Curatorial fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art, where she curated The Last Place They Thought Of, (2018) and Deborah Anzinger: An Unlikely Birth (2019). She was the 2015-16 Whitney Independent Study Program Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow and she holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London.

Zakiya McKenzie is a PhD candidate with the Leverhulme Trust-supported Caribbean Literary Heritage project at the University of Exeter researching Black British journalism in the post-war period. Zakiya is a writer and storyteller and was the 2019 writer-in-residence for Forestry England during its centenary year. In Bristol, she was 2017 Black and Green Ambassador and is a volunteer at Ujima Community Radio station.

She regularly leads nature, art and writing workshops, including one on Caribbean storytelling for primary schools. Her work has featured at the Cabot Institute for the Environment at the University of Bristol, the Institute for Modern Languages Research at the University of London, the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery, the Free Word Centre, at Cheltenham Literature Festival, on BBC’s Woman’s Hour, Farming Today and Inside Out West. She has written for Smallwoods Magazine, the Willowherb Review and BBC Wildlife Magazine.

Image caption: Photo by Daniella Rose King, 2022