Dr Richard Smith

Staff details

PositionSenior Lecturer Senior Tutor
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Dr Richard Smith

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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

‘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.


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.