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Not for Everyday Use – Elizabeth Nunez

A reading by Elizabeth Nunez hosted by Natasha Gordon-Chipembere at Brooklyn Friends School

Thursday, April 24, 2014
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Brooklyn Friends School
375 Pearl Street, Meeting House
Brooklyn, NY

This is a free and open to the public reading by Elizabeth Nunez from her new memoir, Not For Everyday Use. Anton Nimblett, author of Sections of an Orange, will be the discussant. Books and signing will be available after the talk along with refreshments.

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Gender and the Caribbean Body


“Gender and the Caribbean Body,” a Conversation with Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Gerard H. Gaskin, and Kettly Mars. This event is free and open to the public.

Monday, April 28, 2014
7:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. with reception to follow (RSVP encouraged)
25 Broadway, 7th Floor
Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education of CUNY
New York, NY 10004 (Please bring photo i.d. for security)


From throughout the Caribbean – the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Trinidad – writer Kettly Mars, visual and performing artist Nicolás Dumit Estévez, and photographer Gerard H. Gaskin come together to discuss what it means to be a Caribbean artist operating identity at home and within the cultural centers of the ‘global north.’ How does an artist negotiate one’s nationality with one’s varying citizenships to communities throughout the many ‘Caribbeans’ that take form in Amsterdam, New York, London, or Paris? How do varying media and performance styles contribute not only to how art is created in the ‘Caribbean,’ but also to how the ‘Caribbean body’ is perceived by the general public? How is gender affected by these processes?

“Gender and the Caribbean Body” is the culmination of a multi-stage exploration of gender and sexuality sponsored by the CUNY Diversity Projects Development Fund and Barnard College. Organized by Alessandra Benedicty (City College), Kaiama Glover (Barnard College), Maja Horn (Barnard College) and Kelly Baker Josephs, this effort aims to provide an opportunity for sustained transcolonial discussion of gender in the Caribbean.

The goal of this proposed multi-stage program on “Gender and the Caribbean Body” is to bring together scholars and students working on the Caribbean from the Francophone, Anglophone and Hispanophone traditions to determine connections and disconnections across habitual borders. Discourses of gender and sexuality in the Caribbean are overwhelmingly limited to linguistic, and therefore colonial, parameters.  This semester, the “Gender and the Caribbean Body” reading group worked to speak across these divisions and on April 28, we open this discussion up to the public with a panel of three talented artists. More information on the panelists and the reading group can be found on the event website.

Facebook page provided by Africana Studies at Barnard College.


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CFP- for a special issue of American Periodicals

Call for Papers for a special issue of American Periodicals
Black Periodical Studies
Guest Editors Eric Gardner and Joycelyn Moody

Deadline: 30 August 2014

Submissions and/or questions should be made to Eric Gardner via 

American Periodicals seek short essays (4,000-5,000 words including notes, bibliographic and otherwise) that follow the guidelines in the current Chicago Manual of Style.  Authors’ names should not appear in manuscripts.  Figures and illustrations must be provided in black/white or gray scale as high quality pdfs.

The Fall 2015 issue of American Periodicals will be devoted to texts exploring the field of Black periodical studies and/or exploring issues in/of Black periodicals across the centuries, from Freedom’s Journal to Vibe and beyond. American Periodicals seeks scholarship that considers the nexus of African Americanist inquiry and periodical studies–including, but not limited to, approaches that engage book history studies or center on print culture. American Periodicals aim to give a glimpse into the “state of the field” by bringing together samples of diverse work that show clear engagement with key questions in Black periodical studies while simultaneously sharing exciting new subjects and methods. American Periodicals hopes for diverse approaches–from works that explore specific “cases” that illustrate what scholarship on Black periodicals might be, do, and become, to essays that explore waves, trends, or movements through broad-based approaches that survey wide groups of texts. In addition to the content and/or “look and feel” of texts, American Periodicals is interested in manuscripts that explore topics tied to editorial practice and policy, authorship, financing, production, design, illustration, circulation, readership, reception, cultural position, collection/preservation, and a rich range of other subjects tied to Black periodicals. Strong interdisciplinary work will be welcomed. Continued…

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Call for Caribbean Fiction

CCC Press ( is showcasing new writing in English from around the world in their new series of country anthologies.  The World Englishes Literature (Fiction) series ( has so far published anthologies of stories from Cameroon, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya and Malaysia. The anthologies focus on the production of new writing (unpublished) in English or local Englishes, which is edited and presented with a critical introduction.  This is a call for the projected collection from Jamaica, the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados.

Please send submissions by email to Tiffany Austin attached as a Microsoft Word document (Word count: 3000-8000 words).

Publication date: 1 July 2014

Message adapted from email announcement.

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The Caribbean Digital

The Caribbean Digital
a small axe event

5 December 2014
Barnard College / Columbia University
New York, NY

Deadline for proposals: 1 June 2014

The transformation of the academy by the digital revolution presents challenges to customary ways of learning, teaching, conducting research, and presenting findings. It also offers great opportunities in each of these areas. New media enable oration, graphics, objects, and even embodied performance to supplement existing forms of scholarly production as well as to constitute entirely original platforms. Textual artifacts have been rendered literally and figuratively three-dimensional; opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration have expanded exponentially; information has been made more accessible and research made more efficient on multiple levels. Scholars are called upon, with some urgency, to adapt their research and pedagogical methods to an academic climate deluged by a superabundance of information and analysis. This has created opportunities for open-ended and multiform engagements, interactive and continually updating archives and other databases, cartographic applications that enrich places with historical information, and online dialogues with peers and the public.

The need for such engagements is especially immediate among the people of the Caribbean and its diasporas. Information technology has become an increasingly significant part of the way that people frame pressing social problems and political aspirations. Aesthetic media like photography and painting—because they are relatively inexpensive and do not rely on literacy or formal training—have become popular among economically dispossessed and politically marginalized constituencies. Moreover, the Internet is analogous in important ways to the Caribbean itself as dynamic and fluid cultural space: it is generated from disparate places and by disparate peoples; it challenges fundamentally the geographical and physical barriers that disrupt or disallow connection; and it places others and elsewheres in relentless relation. Yet while we celebrate these opportunities for connectedness, we also must make certain that the digital realm undermine and confront rather than re-inscribe forms of silencing and exclusion in the Caribbean.

In this unique one-day public forum we intend to engage critically with the digital as practice and as historicized societal phenomenon, reflecting on the challenges and opportunities presented by the media technologies that evermore intensely reconfigure the social and geographic contours of the Caribbean. We invite presentations that explicitly evoke:  

  • the transatlantic, collaborative, and/or interdisciplinary possibilities and limitations of digital technologies in the Caribbean 
  • metaphorical linkages between the digital and such Caribbean philosophical, ethical, and aesthetic concepts as “submarine unity,” the rhizome, Relation, the spiral, repeating islands, creolization, etc.
  • gendered dimensions of the digital in the Caribbean 
  • the connection between digital technologies and practices of the so-called Caribbean folk
  • specific engagements with digital spaces and/or theories by individual Caribbean artists and intellectuals
  • the ways in which digital technologies have impacted or shaped understandings of specific Caribbean political phenomena (e.g. sovereignty, reparations, transnationalism, migration, etc.)
  • structural means of facilitating broad engagement, communication, and accessibility in the Caribbean digital context (cultivation of multilingual spaces, attentiveness to the material/hardware limitations of various populations)

Both traditional papers and integrally multimedia papers/presentations are welcome. We also welcome virtual synchronous presentations by invited participants who cannot travel to New York City to attend the event. Selected proceedings from this forum will be published in the inaugural issue (September 2015) of sx:archipelagos – an interactive, born-digital, print-possible, peer-reviewed Small Axe Project publication.

Abstracts of 300 words and a short bio should be sent to Kaiama L. Glover and Kelly Baker Josephs ( by 1 June 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 August 2014.

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The Idea of Vodou in Haitian Thought, Literature, Music, and Art

Call for Book Chapters:

Vodou: I Remember: The Idea of Vodou in Haitian Thought, Literature, Music, and Art, edited by Celucien L. Joseph and Nixon S. Cleophat

Deadline: 23 May 2014

If you would like to contribute to this important volume, along with your CV, please submit a 300 word abstract to or 

Please send original and unpublished essays for this book. Successful applicants will be notified before the end of June 2014.

Since its creation in the New World, arguably, it can be said that the Afro-Haitian Religion of Vodou—as a “Haitian genius”—has been represented as an “unsettling faith” and even a “cultural paradox” throughout Haitian history—from 17th century colonial Saint-Domingue to 21st century postcolonial Haiti—as expressed in Haitian literature, thought, law, politics, painting, and Haitian art. An “idea” of Vodou has emerged from each of these cultural symbols and representations, and intellectual expressions. The Vodouist discourse not only pervades every aspect of the Haitian life and experience, it has had a momentous impact on the evolution of Haitian intellectual, aesthetic, and literary imagination as well as on Haitian theological discourse.  In addition, with the emergence of and great interest in Haitian studies in North America, the need to explore all dimensions of the Haitian life and writing, particularly of the Haitian religious experience in Vodou, is critical and important for current and future scholarship, as well as for students of culture, history, and religion.

Consequently, an open invitation goes out to interested scholars and writers to contribute a book chapter to a new volume tentatively called Vodou: I Remember: The Idea of Vodou in Haitian Thought, Literature, Music, and Art. This project is interdisciplinary both in nature and content. The goal is to explore how Haitian writers, artists, cultural critics, intellectuals, and theologians have imagined and engaged the Vodou religion and spirituality, and correspondingly, constructed their own ideas of the Afro-Haitian Religion. The emphasis of this volume is on “the idea and representation of Vodou.”  The contributor should be mindful of the cultural, socio-economic, and political context which gave birth to different visions and ideas of Vodou. The book is divided in four parts as follows: Part I: Vodou and Haitian intellectuals and cultural critics, Part II: Vodou and Haitian Women, Part III:Vodou and Haitian Theologians, and Part IV: Vodou and Haitian art, painting, (folkloric) dance, and music (mizik rasin ["roots music"]).

Potential topics to be addressed include (but are not limited to) the following: Continued…

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sx salon internship

FALL 2014


sx salon: a small axe literary platform provides open access to literary discussions, interviews with Caribbean writers, reviews of new publications, and poetry and short prose written by up-and-coming and well-established Caribbean writers. Launched in 2010, sx salon is the online publication of the Small Axe Project, which also publishes the print journal Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism. Initiated in 1997 as an independent journal of Caribbean studies, Small Axe is currently published by Duke University Press and has a respected reputation amongst Caribbean scholars, writers and visual artists.

sx salon seeks students currently enrolled in a CUNY college majoring in English, Journalism, or Communications Technology for the opportunity to work alongside a journal editor for one semester while earning three (3) college credits.

POSITION TITLE: Editorial Assistant


  • Compose weekly blog announcements related to Caribbean Studies
  • Communicate with presses and editorial board members
  • Work with editor on grant proposals for journal
  • Manage publication agreements and other data for the journal

HOURS: Flexible with a minimum of 10 hours per week, including weekly meetings with the editor.


  • Developed research abilities
  • Proficiency in word processing
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Facility with internet and email, knowledge of Word Press preferred


  • GPA: 3.2 and above
  • Student Status: Juniors and seniors
  • Eligible Majors/Minors: English, Journalism, or Communications Technology

HOW TO APPLY: Applicant must provide a cover letter, a resume or CV with contact information for two references, a short writing sample, and a copy of transcript (unofficial copy accepted). Please send application materials via email to Kelly Baker Josephs ( with the subject line “sx salon internship.”



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CaFa Film Nights


CaFa Film Nights

Womens History Month Edition

28 March, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Nicolas Brooklyn

570 Fulton Street

This month, in honor of Women’s History Month, CaFa is showcasing the work of 6 very talented, emerging filmmakers who are women and just so happen to be Caribbean women.  While women are still in the minority when it comes to making films, there has been a steady growth in the number of women choosing film as their storytelling medium.  Come out and join CaFa as they share a sampling of these works.  CaFa’s screening will feature the work of 6 filmmakers, from 6 countries, exploring 6 different themes: love, loneliness, pain, destiny, desire, and separation.  CaFa will follow up each film with a discussion of the theme raised and share more intimate details on the filmmakers and their work.

About the filmmakers:


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Caribbean Epistemologies Seminar

Please join the Center of Humanities for the next Caribbean Epistemologies Seminar

Marisa Fuentes: Venus Whipped: Abolition Discourse, Gendered Violence and the British Caribbean Archive

Friday 21 March, 1:00pm– 3:00pm

Room 8304

In 1787, British Prime Minister William Pitt convened the Privy Council to gather evidence on the slave trade and slavery in the West Indies in anticipation of debates on abolition of the trade.  The report generated over a thousand pages of testimony from white male witnesses who often recounted violent scenes in which enslaved women were victims of spectacular punishment, mutilation and in various states of mortification. This paper indexes British conceptions of gender and sexuality within the form and content of this archive. Marisa Fuentes raises questions about the difficulty of historicizing spectacular (gendered) violence within exclusively white male discourse and engage theoretical scholarship on the archives of slavery in an attempt to narrate the fleeting and brutal glimpses of enslaved women’s experiences in the West Indies towards the period of amelioration.  Despite the multiple ways in which this archive is mediated by power Marisa Fuentes offers a way to read for moments when enslaved women force themselves into history.

Readings are available here.

Message adapted from email announcement.

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Critical Caribbean presents a lecture by Mimi Sheller: “Sexual Citizenship and a Queer Caribbean”

Critical Caribbean invites you to join them for a lecture by: Mimi Sheller from Drexel University.

“Sexual Citizenship and a Queer Caribbean”

Monday 24 March, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Tillet Hall 253, Livingston Campus

53 Avenue E

Piscataway, NJ 08854-8040

Reception with faculty and students, Tula (47 Easton Avenue) at 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Abstract: Re-thinking the complex historical intersections and inter-embodiments of race, gender, class, and sexuality in the Atlantic world can inform a theory of embodied freedom in wider contemporary contexts of the neocolonial restructuring of citizenship, sovereignty, and power across both national and transnational terrains. In this talk I offer an overview of two key aspects of the literature on citizenship that help us to re-think “queer” performances of citizenship in the Caribbean: first, theories of citizenship as a performative and locally embedded practice, and second theories of sexual citizenship as a crucial dimension of practices of freedom. This critical re-thinking of citizenship has important implications for struggles over citizenship in the Caribbean today.

Event organized by Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel, Yarimar Bonilla and Ronald Cummings, and the Archipelagic Studies & Creolization Cluster.

Co-sponsored by Critical Caribbean Studies, the Office of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, the Program in Comparative Literature and the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies.

For more information, go to

Message Adapted from email announcement.

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