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Dr Huon  Wardle

Dr Huon Wardle

Senior Lecturer

Head of Department (Social Anthropology)

Researcher profile

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Monday 2pm?4pm


Research areas

Cosmopolitanism, cosmopolitics, diaspora, comedy, ethics, aesthetics. Area specialities: Jamaica, the Caribbean.

My work as an anthropologist has focused on cosmopolitanism, cosmopolitics and the Caribbean region. I am Head of the Department of Social Anthropologyat the University of St Andrews, formerly Director the Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies and editor of the Centre's Yearbook in Cosmopolitan Studies. 

While my core ethnographic research has been in a lower class neighbourhood of Kingston, Jamaica, some of my recent work has looked at the changing meaning of being ?middle class? in the Caribbean. Newer directions of study take a historical view of creolisation exploring the early Twentieth Century mass migrations of West Indian workers to the big U.S. and British colonial projects such as the Panama Canal venture and the Amazon rubber boom. Most recently, I my research has focused on the understanding the 'Windrush' immigration scandal from a social and historical perspective.

I am interested in individuals and how they make a meaningful world, finding freedoms for themselves in a creolising setting; how they transcend cultural categories and constraints through certain kinds of cosmopolitan gesture and symbolisation. Theoretically this has led me into thinking about the ideas that go into a cosmopolitan view?openness or hospitality toward the ?foreign?, empathy across categorical boundaries, utopian imagining and the idea of the transcendence of the immediate or ?temporal?.

PhD supervision

  • Pablo Herrera Veitia
  • Christine Conlon
  • Shanay Davis
  • Mark McErlean
  • Yang Yang
  • José Joaquín Saavedra Gómez

Selected publications


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