Monthly Archives: November 2010

NEW Publication: The Creolisation of London Kinship

The Creolisation of London Kinship:
Mixed African-Caribbean and White British Extended Families, 1950-2003
Elaine Bauer

In the last 50 years, the United Kingdom has witnessed a growing proportion of mixed African-Caribbean and white British families. With rich new primary evidence of ‘mixed-race’ in the capital city, The Creolisation of London Kinship thoughtfully explores this population. Making an indelible contribution to both kinship research and wider social debates, the book emphasises a long-term evolution of family relationships across generations. Individuals are followed through changing social and historical contexts, seeking to understand in how far many of these transformations may be interpreted as creolisation. Examined, too, are strategies and innovations in relationship construction, the social constraints put upon them, the special significance of women and children in kinship work and the importance of non-biological as well as biological notions of family relatedness.

Elaine Bauer is an anthropologist focusing on aspects of international migration, race and ethnic relations and family and kinship. She is co-author of Jamaican Hands Across the Atlantic and works as a research fellow at the Young Foundation and the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London.

“This study throws light on social constraints and possibilities at a time of increasing national debate on migration, race and ethnicity. Bauer yields important new information of value to policymakers – with implications for multi-ethnic, multi-cultural areas everywhere.”
— Elizabeth Thomas-Hope, Professor of Environmental Management and Director Centre for Environmental Management, University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica

“Given the great numbers and growth of mixed African-Caribbean and white British families in Britain, Bauer’s book provides a valuable and insightful study of extended mixed families and kinship in the UK.”
— Miri Song, Reader in Sociology, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research University of Kent, United Kingdom

“Elegantly bringing together family sociology and ethnic/racial studies, and in a historical perspective, Bauer examines how, in confronting racism during the making of creole kinship, families become sites of resistance.”
— Stéphanie Condon, National Demographic Institute (INED), Paris, France International Economics

Amsterdam University Press | IMISCOE Dissertation | ISBN 978 90 8964 235 6 November 2010 | paperback, 282 pages | price €47.50


Transatlantic Slave Trade Visual Record Online: Updated



This searchable collection of 1,275 images continues to be revised and
corrected on a regular basis. Since the last up-date report in August
2007, corrections and modifications have been made to already existing
entries, but new images have been added, particularly on the Caribbean,
U.S. South and West Africa in the nineteenth century.

The latter include 22 unique, unpublished drawings and watercolors of
social life, settlements, and material culture along West African coastal
areas, particularly Liberia and what is today Equatorial Guinea (Corisco
Island).  These materials are held by the Department of Special
Collections of the University of Virginia Library (see <; image references UVA01 and following).

The compilers particularly request assistance in identifying the
provenience and content of these drawings, as they continue to welcome
more generally any suggestions for corrections or modifications to the
current bibliographic and historical information.  They appreciate hearing
from persons with specialist knowledge of any of the images. Such persons,
from a variety of fields in a number of countries, have helped to improve
information in the entries, thus enhancing the site’s value as a research
and teaching tool.  The website continues to be widely used; for example,
from 4 Feb. 2007 to 25 Oct. 2010, the site has been accessed by over
515,000 “unique visitors.”

Comments can be addressed to Handler at

SAVVY: New Contemporary African Art Journal

An exicting new journal focussed on contemporary African and African diaspora art is now accessible online:

You are finally about to read the first critical, independent, bilingual (English + German) E-journal on Contemporary African Art.

Welcome to edition 0 of SAVVY|art.contemporary.african. with the title “Where do we go from here?” This journal heralds a new wave of critical writing focusing on art with a relation to Africa and its Diaspora. In a bid to
instigate new latitudes of debate and revitalize a discourse in this domain,
especially in the German speaking regions but also on a global perspective,
this journal was initiated. Thrice yearly, SAVVY|art.contemporary.african. will place the most diligent, distinguished and savviest positions on Contemporary African Art in the forms of essays, portfolios, interviews, reviews and previews in the limelight.

“Where do we go from here?” features, amongst others, articles on Adel
Abdessemed, Wangechi Mutu, Soavina Ramaroson, Antonio Ole or Bisi Silva.

You can access SAVVY|art.contemporary.african. through the website

You will be able to access the subsequent issues of this journal also online.

Call for contributions: You are cordially invited to submit articles until the
16.01.2011 for the next edition of SAVVY|art.contemporary.african. scheduled to
be released on the 16.03.2011.

Primitivist Picasso

New! Pablo Picasso profile at the Black Atlantic Resource: This profile discusses in what ways Picasso first experienced African art, why he was so drawn to it and traces its influence in his work. Whilst it is impossible to definitively gauge the extent of the impact Picasso’s use of African art had on the world, as one of the most influential and prolific artists of the time it is doubtless a vital aspect of the history of the Black Atlantic.

Pablo Picasso famously stated ‘art is the elimination of the unnecessary’ and this somewhat explains why he became drawn to African artifact. The influence of African art on Picasso and his work is rarely discussed in much depth and indeed in his lifetime, Picasso tried to downplay its significance.

He first encountered forms of African art around the turn of the twentieth century when ‘exotic’ items were imported by sailors from French occupied Africa and displayed in European museums. From here on evidence of the appropriation of elements of African art can be found in Picasso’s work, and often with a patronising primitivist view typical of the mind set of this European avant-garde generation.

Gaugain is credited as being the first artist to develop the idea of primitivism in art. Indeed the current exhibition at Tate Modern is titled Gauguin: Maker of Myth, reinforcing the idealism of his view of ‘the Other’. Picasso took the use of the primitive a step further than Gauguin; where Gauguin was inspired to depict ‘exotic’ lands and the ‘noble savage’, Picasso was inspired to incorporate the very spirit of ‘exotic’ artifacts into his work, regardless of subject. This is how a painting of Spanish prostitutes became the turning point in modern art. Les Demoiselles d’Avingnon is the work that marks the transition from Picasso’s realistic paintings into the revolution that was Cubism …read more.