The Fireburn of 1878 is one of numerous rebellions in the Caribbean, and one of the pivotal events in the history of the Danish West Indies. For the first time in the history of the DWI, a colonial event made an impact on the media of the metropole, casting off a vast amount of news articles, tabloid tales, chap book songs and anecdotes to be circulated for the years to come. Behind this very public memory production, African Caribbean memory culture took place, creating a canon of memories less visible in the archives today, but present in oral tradition, art and public remembrance.
Main theoretical approaces: Decolonial archive studies, circulation of knowledge, transnational and public history.
Main supervisor: Ulf Zander
Assistant supervisor: Joachim Östlund