Dr. Aviston Downes


Dr. Aviston Downes
Title: Senior Lecturer in History
Department: History
Discipline: History
Additional Titles: Post Graduate Coordinator for the Department of History and Philosophy
Qualifications: BA Hons (UWI), DPhil (York, UK)
Contact: Room: X8 Tel.: (246) 417-4423 Fax: (246) 424-0634 E-mail: aviston.downes@cavehill.uwi.edu
Teaching Areas: Dr Downes teaches courses on the Atlantic World, Gender in Caribbean History, History of West Indies Cricket, and West Indian Historiography.
Biography: Aviston Downes is a Senior Lecturer in Caribbean Social and Cultural History at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. He received a UWI scholarship to pursue full-time postgraduate studies at the Cave Hill Campus in 1990 and subsequently secured a British Commonwealth Scholarship between 1991 and 1994 to complete his doctorate in History from the University of York (UK). Dr Downes has served The University of the West Indies in a number of capacities, including President of the Guild of Graduates (now Alumni) in 1995; membership on various Boards and Committees including Campus Council, Library Committee, Board for the Centre for Gender and Development Studies, Academic Board, and Board for Undergraduate Studies; Acting Head of the Centre for Gender and Development Studies; and Coordinator of the Oral History Project. He was elected to the Executive Council of the International Oral History Association for 2004-July 2006 at its XIIIth International Conference in Rome, Italy, 23-26 June 2004. Dr Downes has served as Deputy Chairman of the UNESCO Memory of the World Committee and consultant and Director of the National Oral History Project. He has presented papers to numerous international conferences in England, Scotland, France, Italy, Hungary, USA, Australia, South Africa and across the Caribbean.
Research: The Social and Cultural History of Barbados and the Commonwealth Caribbean; Gender, especially masculinity; Sport History; Freemasonry and other fraternities, friendly societies, the cooperative credit union movement and other Non-Bank Financial Intermediaries.

Book Chapters

  • ‘Panama Money: General Effects.’ In Velma Newton, Kathleen Drayton & Woodville Marshall, (eds.) The Barbados-Panama Connection Revisited: Commemorating Migration from Barbados to Panama, 1904-1914. Bridgetown, Barbados: Barbados Museum and Historical Society, 2014. 121-144.
  • `Constructing Brotherhood: Fraternal Organisations and Masculinities in Colonial Barbados since 1740.’ In Eudine Barriteau, (ed.) Love and Power: Caribbean Discourses on Gender. Kingston, Jamaica: UWI Press, 2012. 453-487.
  • ‘Black Economic Empowerment in Barbados, 1937-1970: The Role of Non-Bank Financial Intermediaries’ In B.W. Higman and Kathleen Monteith (eds.). West Indian Business History- Kingston: UWI Press, 2010. 151-177.
  • ‘Boys of the Empire: Elite Education and the Socio-Cultural Construction of Hegemonic Masculinity in Barbados, 1875-1920.’ In Rhoda Reddock (ed.) Interrogating Masculinities Kingston, Jamaica: UWI Press, 2004.105-136.
  • ‘Civilizing Spaces: Gender, Nature and the Contestation over Leisure Spaces in Colonial Bridgetown.’ In Delaplace, Jean-Michel, Sylvain Villaret and William Chameyrat (Eds). Sport and Nature in History. Bahnstra├če, Sankt Augustin: Academia Verlag, 2004. 381-86.
  • ‘Gender and the Elementary Teaching Service in Barbados: A Re-examination of the Feminization and the Marginalization of the Black Male Theses.’ In Eudine Barriteau (ed.) Confronting Power, Theorizing Gender: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in the Caribbean. Kingston, Jamaica: UWI Press, 2003. 303-22.
  • ‘The Contestation for Recreational Space in Barbados, 1880-1910.’ In Alvin Thompson (ed.) In the Shadow of the Plantation. Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Press, 2002. 376-390.

Journal Articles:

  • ‘Women Civilising the City: The Civic Circle and Public Urban Spaces in Barbados.’ Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society LV (Dec. 2009): 48-64.
  • ‘Freemasonry in Barbados, 1740-1900: Issues of Ethnicity and Class in a Colonial Polity.’ Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society LIII (Nov. 2007):50-76.
  • 'From Boys to Men: Colonial Education, Cricket and Masculinity in the Caribbean, 1870-c.1920.’ International Journal of the History of Sport 22:1 (January 2005):3-21.
  • ‘Sport and International Diplomacy: The Case of the Commonwealth Caribbean and the Anti-Apartheid Campaign, 1959-1992.’ The Sports Historian 22:2 (November 2002):23-45.
  • ‘‘Searching for Admiral Moses Wood: Oral Tradition and the History of the Landship.’ Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society XLVIII (Nov. 2002): 64-78.
  • Freemasonry in Barbados Before 1914: the Limits of Brotherhood.’ Journal of Caribbean History 36:2 (2002): 285-309.
  • '"Flannelled Fools?" Cricket and the Political Economy of the British West Indies, c.1895-1906.’ International Journal of the History of Sport 17:4 (December 2000): 59-80.
  • ‘Sailing from Colonial into National Waters: A History of the Barbados Landship.’ Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society XLVI (2000): 93-122.

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