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Department of Media and Communications

Dr Richard Smith

Position held:
Senior Lecturer
Senior Tutor

+44 (0)20 7919 7243

r.w.smith (@gold.ac.uk)

Office: NAB 2.23

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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.


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

Papers presented

'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.

Selected publications

'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, The Great War In Post-Memory Literature and Film (Berlin: de Gruyter, forthcoming 2014)

'The Impact of the First World War on Pan-Africanism: the Transcendence of National and Imperial Boundaries' in Debra Rae Cohen and Douglas Higbee, Options for Teaching Representations of the First World War (MLA, forthcoming).

'How the Indian Army increased support for the Great War in the British West Indies', India at LSE blog, 15 September 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, April 2014, 243-252.

'Anti-German propaganda, imperial subjecthood and national identity among Jamaicans in the First World War' in Troy Paddock (ed.) Propaganda and World War I (Leiden: Brill, February 2014).

'The First World War and the Permanent West Indian Soldier' in Rick Fogarty and Andrew Jarboe, Empires in World War 1: Shifting Frontiers and Imperial Dynamics in a Global Conflict (London: IB Taurus, 2014).

‘Racism in the Trenches’, The World Today (Chatham House), December 2013 & January 2014, 48.

'The black male body in the white imagination during WW1' in Paul Cornish and Nicholas Saunders (eds), Bodies in Conflict: Corporeality, Materiality, and Transformation in 20th Century War (London: Routledge, 2013).

'Soldiery' in Philippa Levine and John Marriott (eds) Companion to Modern Imperial Histories (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2012).

(with Toby Haggith) '"Sons of our Empire": shifting ideas of ‘race’ and the cinematic representation of imperial troops in the First World War' in Lee Grieveson and Colin MacCabe (eds.), Empire and Film (Palgrave, 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 University Press, 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,  Caribbean Series, volume XI (University of California Press, 2011)

'J. Edmestone Barnes, a Jamaican Apocalyptic Visionary in the Early Twentieth Century' in Karolyn Kinane and Mike Ryan (eds), End of Days: Popular Conceptions of the Apocalypse (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009).

'West Indians at War', Caribbean Studies (Puerto Rico), 36: 1, 2008, 223-231.

'"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, 2008).

'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, March 2007).

Jamaican Volunteers in the First World War: Race, Maculinity and the Development of National Consciousness (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004, 2009)


Cecilia Gowdy-Wygant, Cultivating Victory: The Women's Land Army & the Victory Garden Movement, Women’s Studies International Forum, 2014, forthcoming.

Stephan Palmié and Francisco A. Scarano, The Caribbean: A History of the Region and Its People , Cultural and Social History, 2014, forthcoming.

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, 2013, 118, 901-902.

Glenford Howe, Race, War and Nationalism, Caribbean Studies (Puerto Rico), 32: 2, 2004, 260-265.

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