"I Don't Know Where I'm a-Gonna Go When the Volcano Blow": Resettlement, Diaspora, and the Landscapes of Montserrat’s Volcanic Exclusion Zone

Author(s): Miriam A. W. Rothenberg

Year: 2018

Summary

On July 18th, 1995, after centuries of relative quiet, Montserrat's Soufrière Hills volcano suddenly and violently sprang to life. The months that followed saw a series of evacuations of the southern portions of the island due to the volcanic threat, rendering this landscape—including the capital town of Plymouth—an abandoned 'Exclusion Zone'. By 2000, the majority of the island's population had left more or less permanently, many for the United Kingdom. Those who stayed faced the challenge of rebuilding the island and adjusting to life in resettlement communities. This paper investigates how the landscapes of the Exclusion Zone, the northern 'Safe Zone', and the liminal area between them have come to reflect different aspects of the ongoing volcanic risk. Furthermore, it explores how the volcanic diaspora has affected the identity of Montserratian communities that moved to the north of the island and those that settled farther afield.

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"I Don't Know Where I'm a-Gonna Go When the Volcano Blow": Resettlement, Diaspora, and the Landscapes of Montserrat’s Volcanic Exclusion Zone. Miriam A. W. Rothenberg. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441134)

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Keywords

Temporal Keywords
Contemporary

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 821