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Special issue of ArtsEtc honoring Kamau Brathwaite

Call for submissions (in various genres) deadline: 31 March 2015

Kamau Brathwaite

From the call for submissions:

The editors of ArtsEtc are presently inviting writers to submit work to appear online in ArtsEtc No. 31. This issue’s content will essentially be dedicated to Kamau Brathwaite’s work, life and legacy.

Submissions can be in any form (poetry, essay, book review, song, etc.), previously published (with full credit listed) or new. They can be excerpts or full pieces.

1) only one submission per contributor;

2) poetry/songs should be no longer than one (1) page;

3) prose should be no longer than five hundred (500) words.

The editors would also welcome significant photos with or of Kamau. Kindly include a caption, with the names of those in the photo, place taken, date taken, and by whom (if different from the contributor/copyright holder).

All contributors retain the copyright to their work. ArtsEtc is requesting only the non-exclusive right to publish the work on its website for this special issue and store it in the website’s online archives afterward.

Deadline: 31 March 2015.

All submissions may be sent to John Robert Lee at and Jasmine Sealy at

Above adapted from Repeating Islands announcement.

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Identifying Identity – Ancient Faiths, New Lands

Identifying Identity – Ancient Faiths, New Lands

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Sunday 15 March, 3:30pm
Medgar Evers College Charles Innis Memorial Library
1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225

Celebrating being Hindu, Jewish and Caribbean: A series of literary readings and conversations on immigration, heritage, identity and society with by New York area-based creative writers. This month celebrating the Festivals of Holi and Purim with Dhanpaul Narine, Hindu Guyanese poet and journalist and Anna Ruth Henriques, Hindu Guyanese poet and journalist.


Other Caribbean Cultural Theatre related events

The Black That I Am
4-8 March
RA Stage II, 300 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

Braata Theatre Workshop presents Karl O’Brian Williams’ meditation on black identity through the Caribbean lens. Directed by Kelly Thomas the production explores questions on issues of blackness, gender, sexuality, and nationalism. Learn more

CaFA – Roots & Culture Film Night
Friday, 6 March, 7:30
Nicholas Variety, 570 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Cine Caribes screens Linda Ainouche’s documentary feature, Dreadlocks Story which explores the bonds of survival in African and Indian culture in Jamaica in view of up-front anti-slavery and anti-imperialist struggles and Rastafri. Learn more

Demerara Gold
Saturday, 7 March, 3:30
Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College: 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Queens, NY

Ingrid Griffith’s hilarious, thought-provoking play about a 7-year old girl in Guyana whose parents get visas to America and must leave her in the care of her two aging grandmothers. Learn more

An n’ Pale | Café Conversation with Paola Mathé of Fanm Djanm
Thursday, 19 March, 6pm
Kinanm Lounge, 856 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Haiti Cultural Exchange hosts a Women’s History Month conversation lifestyle blogger, writer, photographer and business owner,Paola Mathé. Her blog Finding Paola is about her life in New York City, personal style and inspiration. Learn more

Above adapted from Caribbean Cultural Theatre email announcement.

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Simone Leigh: Moulting

Simone Leigh: Moulting

An exhibition presented by the Tilton Gallery

3 March – 25 April 2015
8 East 76th Street
(between Madison and Fifth Avenues)
New York, NY



Works in progress by Simone Leigh

From the emailed announcement:

Tilton Gallery is pleased to present Moulting, Simone Leigh’s third exhibition with the gallery.

In this exhibition, Simone Leigh expands her exploration of ceramic-based and multimedia sculpture to fill the gallery with majestic installations that celebrate the woman’s role in African and African American history. Long concerned with making manifest the role of women’s work in object-making as a vehicle to investigate questions of history, tradition, race and identity, Leigh’s current exhibition expands the possibilities both in her use of materials and in her approach to sculpture as performance.

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Maroons, Indigenous Peoples, and Indigeneity

19-23 June 2015
Charles Town, Portland, Jamaica

CFP deadline: Abstracts due by 15 March

The Seventh Charles Town International Maroon Conference invites papers that explore the relationships between place and tradition in Indigenous and Maroon communities around the globe.

Held in the Maroon community of Charles Town surrounded by Jamaica’s Blue and John Crow Mountains, this interdisciplinary conference will explore issues, values, and practices of Maroons and indigenous peoples as well as ideas about marronage and indigeneity to consider the ways they have endured, transformed, and resonated in the Caribbean, Canada, Australia, South America, Europe, the United States, and Africa. The conference offers a unique combination of scholarly panels and cultural events in fields that include history, linguistics, art, literature, film, sociology, ethnography, ethnomusicology, geography, legal studies, gender studies, religious studies, cultural studies, and indigenous studies.

Issues to consider might include:

  • Land Rights
  • Indigeneity
  • Territoriality
  • Marronage
  • Representation
  • Language and Literature
  • Identity
  • Space/Place
  • Sustainability
  • Dispossession and landlessness
  • Cultural heritage
  • Laws and legality
  • Music
  • DNA
  • Education

Please send abstracts of 250-300 words by 15 March or inquiries to: or

Above adapted from emailed announcement.

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Empowerment, Humanitarian Aid, and the Normalization of U.S.-Cuba Relations

Thursday, 26 February 2015
12 – 2 p.m.
Fordham Law School
Bateman Room, 2nd Floor

Event description from website:

In a historic broadcast, Presidents Obama and Castro simultaneously announced the normalization of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States, severed in January of 1961. The aim of this policy change, President Obama explained, is to “unleash the potential of 11 million Cubans” to create a more democratic and prosperous social and economic system. In this panel renowned Cuba scholars, humanitarian aid and cultural activists, and artists Margaret Crahan, Sujatha Fernandes, and Achy Obejas explore the impact of the normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations on the empowerment of the Cuban people, on humanitarian assistance to the island, and on the relationship to Latin America and U.S. Latinos.

Participating scholars:

Margaret E. Crahan, Ph.D., is director of the Cuba Program at the Institute for Latin American Studies at Columbia University. She has been the Henry R. Luce Professor of Religion, Power and Political Process at Occidental College, and is currently the vice president of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights.

Sujatha Fernandes, Ph.D., is associate professor of sociology at Queens College, CUNY, and author of Cuba Represent!: Cuban Arts, State Power, and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures, which combines social theory and political economy with in-depth, engaged ethnography to explore social agency in post-Soviet Cuba through the arts.

Achy Obejas is the acclaimed Cuban-American author of the novels Ruins and Days of Awe, the translator into Spanish of Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and a journalist and blogger of renown.

Lunch will be served.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Latin American and Latino Studies Institute at 718-817-4792 or

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Caribbean Outlook: the dynamics of politics, ideology, regionalism and evolving perspectives

Call for papers for proposed anthology:

Caribbean Outlook: the dynamics of politics, ideology, regionalism and evolving perspectives

Deadlines: 28 February 2015 – abstracts of proposals;  30 June 2015 – full papers due

From the CFP:

The publication brings together written discussion by contributors on Caribbean society on intellectual areas that have shaped and are shaping the characteristics of the Caribbean. The objectives of the publication are to connect with students and academics at the tertiary level but can also be a generally used resource. As a result, one goal of the publication is to have innovative, refreshing, re-examined viewpoints on different academic areas challenging traditional and even revisionist ideas. By this, the publication provides an opportunity for contributors to put forward ideas into the academic domain alongside traditional and critical ideas. The thematic structure of the publication was chosen given the impact that these areas have within the region.

The exploration of political issues provides the backdrop for understanding the systems of power within the Caribbean. Part of this exploration is to examine the legacies of colonial administration through the influence of the political party structure, the parliamentary system, and constitutional foundations of the region’s system of politics. Ideology continues to play a central role in the development of the Caribbean’s identity ranging from labour movements, identity consciousness and constitutional reform. The struggles of small Caribbean states within the worldwide economy provides the underpinning for exploring Caribbean unification as a critical aspect of the region’s twenty-first century goals. In some instances, the discussion of the importance of Caribbean integration has not given traction to the integration movement while other aspects of regionalism are losing power to influence the integration discussion. Finally, evolving perspectives provides an opportunity to investigate areas that have in the past few years been seen as important pillars for social development. For example, gender, sport, banking and law were second to politics, economics, and labour as it pertains to forces shaping the Caribbean. However, these areas are very important for the continued institutional progress of Caribbean society.

To attain the goal of creating a relevant framework for discussion, each contribution should be situated within a theoretical basis outlining why and how the elements within the area have impacted upon Caribbean society. Each submission therefore will be examined and approved depending on the quality of research. Authors are asked to submit an abstract with final submission to be made later on.

Citation style: Chicago Manual of Style (latest edition)

Word length: 8,000 – 10,000

Proposed Publishers: Palgrave MacMillan or Edward Elgar Publishing

For more information, contact:  – Jerome Teelucksingh, University of the West Indies – St. Augustine


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Freedom Time – Book Launch

24 February, 6–8pm
Room 9204
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World
By Gary Wilder


“Freedom Time is astonishing in its originality, breadth of learning, rhetorical power, interdisciplinary reach, and theoretical sophistication. It thoroughly transforms our understanding of the dialogues and disputations that made up the ‘Black’ / French encounter. With this work, Gary Wilder establishes himself as one of the most compelling and powerful voices in French and Francophone critical studies.”
—Achille Mbembe, author of On the Postcolony

Book launch featuring: Gary Wilder (The Graduate Center) in conversation with Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Columbia), Judith Surkis (Rutgers) Fouad Makki (Cornell), and Nick Nesbitt (Princeton), moderated by Anthony Alessandrini (Kingsborough, CUNY).

Reception to follow in Room 5109

Gary Wilder is Director of the Mellon Committee on Globalization and Social Change and associate professor in the Phd. Program in Anthropology and the Ph.D. Program in History at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the author of The French Imperial Nation-State: Negritude and Colonial Humanism Between the Two World Wars (University of Chicago Press, 1995). His research on the French empire, French West Africa, and the Francophone Caribbean is located at the intersection of historical anthropology, intellectual history, and critical social theory.

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Tengo Sed Writers Retreat II

Tengo Sed Writers Retreat II
La Alegria, Siquirres Costa Rica
18 – 22 June 2015

Writer-in-residence and workshop host: Tonya Hegamin

Application deadline 16 February 2015

For more information, see flyer below or workshop webpage.

Tengo Sed Writers Workshop2015

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Women and Gender: Looking Toward “Caribbeanness”

Journal of International Womens Studies
Special Issue Call for Papers

Women and Gender: Looking Toward “Caribbeanness”

CFP deadline: Full papers due via email by 31 July 2015.

From the CFP:

This special issue of the JIWS explores notions of “Caribbeanness” and how they are manifested within the geographical region and beyond into the diaspora, through literature, transnational activism, and constructions of: feminism, identity, femininity, masculinity, and sexuality. Édouard Glissant’s work theorizes that while the notion of a Caribbean unity through diversity is capable of empowering its people to “possess their world and their lived experience” it is a dream “forever denied, often deferred…vital but not obvious” (Caribbean Discourse 221). How can Caribbeanness function beyond the imaginary as multiple, plastic and porous, shared and contested, bound and liberating? Given its possibilities for continued division and exclusion by way of language, race, class, gender, sexuality, and nation, once Caribbeanness takes form and expression, how can it be actualized as agency? Is the fragile reality of Caribbeanness still a dream to work towards? Continued…

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La Lucha: Quisqueya & Haiti One Island Art Exhibit

La Lucha: Quisqueya & Haiti One Island Art Exhibit
6 – 27 February 2015


Opening Reception (admission free)
6 February, 6 to 9 pm
Rio’s Penthouse Gallery
10 Fort Washington Ave
New York, NY 10032
Between West 159th and West 160th St

The exhibition, La Lucha: Quisqueya & Haiti, One Island, is a collective visual art exhibition Organized and curated by Yelaine Rodriguez, that aims to bring together artists from both the Dominican Republic and Haiti, in order to educate its viewers on the history and present day state of both countries. Presented in collaboration with Haiti Cultural Exchange, the exhibit will open 6 February 2015 and feature performances by Haitian and Dominican musicians and will run through 27 February 2015.

Twenty-seven artists from different age groups, backgrounds, and ethnicities will be featured. “The Intention behind La Lucha: Quisqueya & Haiti, One Island was to create a Communication Bridge that would link together both cultures. As visual creatures, it was just natural to use art as the main source to connect two sides of an Island that has been separated for too long,” Rodriguez noted. This exhibition will expand into the community by providing panel discussions and performances curated in collaboration with Haiti Cultural Exchange’s Executive Director, Régine M. Roumain.

Exhibited Artists: Alex Guerrero, Anthony Louis-Jeune, Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, Donald Giovany, Francks Deceus, Jean-Patrick Icart Pierre, Jennie Santos, Jonathan Schmidt, Jules Joseph, Klode, Maria Monegro, Mc Alexander Ciceron, Miguel Luciano, Monica Lapaz, Moo-Hyun Chung, Nadine Lafond, Natalia Olivares, Pepe Coronado, Polibio Diaz, Rider Urena, Sable E. Smith, Saul Jean-Charles, Scherezade Garcia, Shakespeare Guirand, Sophia Domeville, Stephanie Rodriguez, Yelaine Rodriguez.

Closing Reception (admission free)
27 February 2015

Announcement adapted from Haiti Cultural Exchange website. Additional information may be found on the event Facebook page.

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