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Dr Richard Smith

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PositionSenior Lecturer Senior Tutor
Email r.w.smith (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7243
Dr Richard Smith

Personal webpage: http://homepages.gold.ac.uk/richardsmith/  

As Senior Tutor, Richard manages departmental support for students who are experiencing problems that may affect their studies. Routine concerns can be discussed with your personal tutor. You can find your personal tutor by looking at the lists on the Virtual Learning Environment. There is also a Help and Advice section on the VLE. For more serious or long-term problems, please contact Richard directly.

Teaching

MC51005A Culture and Cultural Studies, MC53001A Personal Tutored Research (dissertation) coordinator

Papers presented

‘West Indian military service and multicultural memories of the First World War’, Aftermath: The Cultural Legacies of WW1, King’s College London, 21-23 May 2015.

 ‘The British West Indies and the First World War’, Heritage London Fund knowledge briefing, London, 23 April 2015.

‘Whose Remembrance’ discussion panel member, Imperial War Museum/Gateways to the First World War, University of Leeds, 9 December 2014

‘West Indians in the First World War: Empire and Beyond’, Manor House Library, LB Lewisham, 6 November 2014

 ‘Responses to black soldiers in Britain during the First World War’, The First World War: Perspectives of the Home Front, Royal United Services Institute, 5 November 2014.

 ‘Recovering West Indian Memories of the First World War’, Legacies of War Seminar Series, University of Leeds, 30 October 2014.

‘West Indians and the First World War’, Caribbean Communities in Europe, Black History Month event, Goldsmiths, University of London, 25 October 2014.

‘Shifting Commemoration and Memory: West Indians in the Great War’, "Remembering the Great War" Colston Research Symposium, University of Bristol, 23 October 2014

'Colonial Soldiers, Race and Masculinity during and beyond World War I and II', 'Gender, War and Culture: From the Age of the World Wars to the Cold War, Anti-colonial Struggle to the Wars of Globalization (1910s-present),  Institute for the Arts and Humanities, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 12 September 2014 (part of the Gender, War and Culture project)

'Propaganda on the Jamaican home front during the Great War', 83rd Anglo-American conference of Historians, 'The Great War at Home', Senate House, University of London, 4 July 2014.

'Loss, longing and fear: emotional responses to West Indian soldiers during the First World War', Society for Caribbean Studies, University of Glasgow, 2 July 2014.

'Empire and Ethnicity' roundtable contributor, 'In the Shadow of the First World War: Social and Cultural Dimensions of Conflict in Global Perspective', Department of History, University of Manchester, 16 May 2014.

‘Responses to Black and Indian soldiers in Britain’, British Association for Local History/Institute of Commwealth Studies, Experiences of World War One: strangers, differences and locality, Senate House, University of London, 28 February 2014.

A "considerably larger emotional capacity than the English": changing representations of the West Indian soldier's character and sensibilities from the French Revolution to the First World War, Battlefield Emotions conference, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 18 January 2013.

'Shifting memories of the First World War in the Anglophone Caribbean' Whose Remembrance Workshop for Historians, Imperial War Museum, 19 July 2012.

‘Discourses of military service and paramilitary activity in the Anglophone Caribbean after the First World War’, Demobilizing Empires: The Transition from War to 'Peace' after the Great War, University College Dublin, 10-11 September 2010.

‘Moving Image Representations of Imperial Troops in the First World War’, Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire, Birkbeck College Cinema,  9 July 2010.

Research Interests

Richard has written widely on the experience of West Indian troops in both World Wars and the race and gender implications of military service in the British Empire including Jamaican Volunteers in the First World War: Race, Masculinity and the Development of National Consciousness (2004, 2009). Richard’s current research focuses on representations of black and Asian troops in popular history documentary and the role these images serve within the national memory of multicultural society. He also continues to research the black presence in Britain 1900-1945; the role of the mass media in the British Empire, and comparative history approaches to colonial soldiery in modern empires. Richard’s expertise is regularly sought by broadcasters, museums and archives and he is involved in a number of academic and local history initiatives marking the centenary of the First World War. Richard was on the advisory committee for the 'Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire' project funded by the AHRC.

Publications

Book

Jamaican Volunteers in the First World War: Race, Masculinity and the Development of National Consciousness
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2004. Jamaican Volunteers in the First World War: Race, Masculinity and the Development of National Consciousness. Manchester University Press. ISBN 0719069858

Book Section

Entries for Gordon, William James; Johns, Vere; Reid, Hubert
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2016. Entries for Gordon, William James; Johns, Vere; Reid, Hubert. In: Franklin W Knight and Henry Louis Gates Jr, eds. Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. OUP. ISBN 978-0199935796

Colonial Soldiers: Race, Military Service and Masculinity during and beyond World War I and II
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2015. Colonial Soldiers: Race, Military Service and Masculinity during and beyond World War I and II. In: Karen Hagemann; Dirk Bönker; Stefan Dudink and Sonya Rose, eds. Gender, War and the Western World since 1650. New York: Oxford University Press.

Jamaican Literary Renditions of Post-War Redemption
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2015. Jamaican Literary Renditions of Post-War Redemption. In: David Owen and Cristina Pividori, eds. ‘That Better Whiles May Follow Worse’: British Writings of Persuasion and Dissonance in the Great War. Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Loss and longing: emotional responses to West Indian soldiers during the First World War
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2015. Loss and longing: emotional responses to West Indian soldiers during the First World War. In: Ashley Jackson, ed. The British Empire and The First World War. London: Routledge.

The Impact of the First World War on Pan-Africanism: the Transcendence of National and Imperial Boundaries
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2015. The Impact of the First World War on Pan-Africanism: the Transcendence of National and Imperial Boundaries. In: Debra Rae Cohen and Douglas Higbee, eds. Options for Teaching Representations of the First World War. New York: Modern Language Association.

Foreword to Juliet Gilkes Romero, At the Gates of Gaza
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2014. Foreword to Juliet Gilkes Romero, At the Gates of Gaza. In: Juliet Gilkes Romero, ed. At the Gates of Gaza. London: Oberon. ISBN 978-1783191734

'TV documentary, post-colonial melancholia and the representation of West Indian volunteers in the British Great War memory'
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2014. 'TV documentary, post-colonial melancholia and the representation of West Indian volunteers in the British Great War memory'. In: Martin Löschnigg and Marzena Sokolowska-Paryz, eds. The Great War in Post-Memory Literature and Film. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter & Co. ISBN 978-3110362909

'Anti-German propaganda, imperial subjecthood and national identity among Jamaicans in the First World War'
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2014. 'Anti-German propaganda, imperial subjecthood and national identity among Jamaicans in the First World War'. In: Troy Paddock, ed. World War I and Propaganda. Leiden: BRILL. ISBN 978-9004264564

'The First World War and the Permanent West Indian Soldier'
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2014. 'The First World War and the Permanent West Indian Soldier'. In: Richard Fogarty and Andrew Jarboe, eds. Empires in World War I: Shifting Frontiers and Imperial Dynamics in a Global Conflict. London: I.B.Tauris. ISBN 978-1780764405

'The black male body in the white imagination during WW1'
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2013. 'The black male body in the white imagination during WW1'. In: Paul Cornish and Nicholas Saunders, eds. Bodies in Conflict: Corporeality, Materiality, and Transformation. London: Routledge, pp. 39-52. ISBN 978-0415834223

Soldiery
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2012. Soldiery. In: Philippa Levine and John Marriott, eds. The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Imperial Histories. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 359-376. ISBN 978-0754664154

"Sons of Our Empire": shifting ideas of 'race' and the cinematic representation of imperial troops in the World War I
Smith, Richard W. P. and Haggith, Toby. 2011. "Sons of Our Empire": shifting ideas of 'race' and the cinematic representation of imperial troops in the World War I. In: Lee Grieveson and Colin MacCabe, eds. Empire and Film. London: British Film Institute, pp. 35-53. ISBN 978-1-844-57421-6

"Heaven grant you strength to fight the battle for your race": Nationalism, Pan-Africanism and the First World War in the Jamaican memory
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2011. "Heaven grant you strength to fight the battle for your race": Nationalism, Pan-Africanism and the First World War in the Jamaican memory. In: Santanu Das, ed. Race, Empire and First World War Writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 265-282. ISBN 978-0-521-50984-8

The Impact of the First World War on the Garvey Movement
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2011. The Impact of the First World War on the Garvey Movement. In: Robert A Hill, ed. Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers. XI Durham, NC: Duke University Press, cclxxv-cclxxxi. ISBN 978-0-822-34690-6

J. Edmestone Barnes, a Jamaican Apocalyptic Visionary in the Early Twentieth Century
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2009. J. Edmestone Barnes, a Jamaican Apocalyptic Visionary in the Early Twentieth Century. In: Karolyn Kinane and Mike Ryan, eds. End of days: essays on the apocalypse from antiquity to modernity. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, pp. 120-141. ISBN 978-0-786-44204-1

"The Black Peril": race and masculinity on the Home Front in the First World War
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2008. "The Black Peril": race and masculinity on the Home Front in the First World War. In: Louise Ryan and Wendy Webster, eds. Gendering Migration: Masculinity, Femininity and Ethnicity in Post-War Britain. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 19-34. ISBN 075467178X

'World War One', 'World War Two', 'Booker T Washington'
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2007. 'World War One', 'World War Two', 'Booker T Washington'. In: David Dabydeen and John Gilmore, eds. The Oxford Companion to Black British History. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0192804396

Article

John Belcham, Before the Windrush: Race Relations in Twentieth-Century Liverpool (2014)
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2015. John Belcham, Before the Windrush: Race Relations in Twentieth-Century Liverpool (2014). American Historical Review, 120(2), pp. 721-722. ISSN 0002-8762

Stephan Palmié and Francisco A. Scarano, The Caribbean: A History of the Region and Its People.
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2015. Stephan Palmié and Francisco A. Scarano, The Caribbean: A History of the Region and Its People. Cultural and Social History, ISSN 1478-0038

‘Loss and longing: emotional responses to West Indian soldiers during the First World War’
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2014. ‘Loss and longing: emotional responses to West Indian soldiers during the First World War’. The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 103(2), pp. 243-252. ISSN 0035-8533

Cultivating Victory: The Women's Land Army & The Victory Garden Movement, Cecilia Gowdy-Wygant. University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh (2013), (240 pp.)
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2014. Cultivating Victory: The Women's Land Army & The Victory Garden Movement, Cecilia Gowdy-Wygant. University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh (2013), (240 pp.). Women’s Studies International Forum, 44, pp. 197-198. ISSN 0277-5395

Racism in the Trenches
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2013. Racism in the Trenches. The World Today magazine, 48,

Brian L. Moore and Michele A. Johnson, "They Do as They Please": The Jamaican Struggle for Cultural Freedom after Morant Bay
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2013. Brian L. Moore and Michele A. Johnson, "They Do as They Please": The Jamaican Struggle for Cultural Freedom after Morant Bay. The American Historical Review, 118, pp. 901-902.

West Indians at War
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2008. West Indians at War. Caribbean Studies, 36(1), pp. 223-231.

Caribbean Studies
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2004. Caribbean Studies. Caribbean Studies, 32(2), pp. 260-265. ISSN 0008-6533

'The Multicultural First World War: memories of the West Indian contribution in contemporary Britain’
Smith, Richard W. P.. 'The Multicultural First World War: memories of the West Indian contribution in contemporary Britain’. Journal of European Studies, ISSN 0047-2441

Digital

'How the Indian Army increased support for the Great War in the British West Indies'
Smith, Richard W. P.. 2014. 'How the Indian Army increased support for the Great War in the British West Indies'.