Dr Adom Philogene Heron

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Department Anthropology
Email a.heron (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 8228 5985
Dr Adom Philogene Heron

I'm an ethnographer of the Caribbean whose work spans: (I) black ecologies, hurricanes & repair; (II) Bristol's spectral post-slavery geographies; & (III) Caribbean kinship, fatherhood & their affects. Methodologically, I'm committed to collaborative & experimental ethnographies (incl. digital cartography, visual, sound, Caribbean poetics). My scholarly praxis seeks the 'grounding' of urgent questions –e.g. on environmental racial justice, how we remember slavery and Caribbean fatherhood– within public dialogues

Currently I am PI on the £0.5M GCRF Surviving Storms | CCC project, aiming to digitally map hurricane survivals and repair in Dominica

I have written for Antipode, JRAI, Transforming Anthropology, Sargasso, Suomen Antropologi, SAA Archaeological Record, Public Books, numerous edited books and featured on several multimodal platforms (Surviving Society, Geographies of Risk, Mandem x Barbican). I am part of The Dark Laboratory and Goldsmiths Critical Ecologies collectives

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Social Anthropology (St Andrews) 2017
  • MRes, Social Anthropology (St Andrews) 2012
  • BA, Social Anthropology and Development Studies (Sussex) 2010

Publications and research outputs

Book Section

Philogene Heron, Adom. 2018. ‘Being Said/Seen to Care: Masculine Silences and Emerging Visibilities of Intimate Fatherhood in Dominica, Lesser Antilles’. In: Eleonora Esposito; Carolina Pérez-Arredondo and José Manuel Ferreiro, eds. Discourses from Latin America and the Caribbean: Current Concepts and Challenges. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 267-298. ISBN 9783319936239

Philogene Heron, Adom. 2016. Becoming Papa: Kinship, Senescence and the Ambivalent Inward Journeys of Ageing Men in the Antilles. In: Siân Pooley and Kaveri Qureshi, eds. Pooley, S., & Qureshi, K. (Eds.). (2016). Parenthood between generations: Transforming reproductive cultures. New York / Oxford: Berghahn Books, pp. 253-276. ISBN 9781785331503


Philogene Heron, Adom. 2022. Goodnight Colston. Mourning Slavery: Death Rites and Duppy Conquering in a Circum-Atlantic City. Antipode, 54(4), pp. 1251-1276. ISSN 0066-4812

Philogene Heron, Adom. 2021. Notes From the Ti Kai Project, Dominica: Making Home in the Hurricane's Path. The SAA Archaeological Record, 21(5), pp. 54-59. ISSN 1532-7299

Philogene Heron, Adom. 2020. Homing Empire. Public Books,

Philogene Heron, Adom. 2019. Coming to Terms with Caribbean Families. Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society, 43(4), pp. 41-47. ISSN 0355-3930

Philogene Heron, Adom. 2019. When 'blood speaks': naming the father and the mystics of kinship in Dominica, Eastern Caribbean. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 25(1), pp. 29-50. ISSN 1359-0987

Philogene Heron, Adom. 2018. Review of Nicole C. Bourbonnais, Birth Control in the Decolonizing Caribbean: Reproductive Politics and Practice on Four Islands, 1930-1970. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. New West Indian Guide / Nieuwe West-Indische Gids, 92(3/4), p. 375. ISSN 1382-2373

Philogene Heron, Adom. 2018. Surviving Maria from Dominica: Memory, Displacement and Bittersweet Beginnings. Transforming Anthropology, 26(2), pp. 118-135. ISSN 1051-0559

Further profile content

Research projects

2019-2022: GCRF Caribbean Cyclone Cartography | Surviving Storms project
3-year ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund project that seeks to map the social histories and futures of hurricane r

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