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Adjunct positions in African Diasporic studies

The Department of Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies Department at Hunter College is seeking to hire adjunct instructors to teach the following courses during the Spring 2015 semester:

African American History I (Tues. & Thurs 5:35-6:50)
Survey of historical experiences of African people in U.S. from the African heritage to end of the Civil War

Introduction to Black Politics (Mon. & Thurs. 11:10-12:25 PM).
General survey of politics of African world with major emphasis on African American politics

Caribbean Literature (Mon. & Wed. 5:35-6:50 PM)
Introduction to the historical development and major artistic preoccupations of Caribbean literature.

Introduction to Hip Hop Culture and History (Mon. & Wed.7:00-8:15 PM)
Explores the cultural, social, political and economic impact of the genre

Applicants should email cover letter and vitae to:
Anthony P. Browne Ph.D.
Department of Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies
Hunter College The City University of New York

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The Caribbean on Film in the 70s

Wake the Town and Tell the People: The Caribbean on Film in the 70s

25-26 October 2014
Medgar Evers College
Jackson Auditorium
1638 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11125

wake the town


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Racial Politics in Cuba and the Americas

“More Than White, More Than Mulatto, More Than Black”:
Racial Politics in Cuba and the Americas

26-28 February 2015
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus

Deadline for submissions: 31 October 2014

CFP from conference website:

The Cuban Research Institute (CRI) of Florida International University continues its tradition of convening scholars, students, and other persons interested in the study of Cuba and Cuban Americans by announcing its Tenth Conference. We encourage the submission of panels and papers concentrating on any aspects of the main conference theme, but will consider all submissions relevant to the history, economy, politics, culture, society, and creative expression of Cuba and its diaspora. Continued…

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Sexualities and Social Justice in the Caribbean – CFP

Special Collection by the Caribbean IRN & Sargasso

Title: Love | Hope | Community: Sexualities and Social Justice in the Caribbean

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“Sexualities in the Tent, Wall Mural at Bohemia, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, July 2013″ photo credit: Angelique V. Nixon.

CFP deadline: A variety of text and multimedia submissions are sought for this special collection. Please send text submissions via email to by 15 January 2015. Please send multi-media submissions via email to by 15 January 2015. Full submission details below.

Call for Submissions

Movements for sexual citizenship and equal rights for sexual minorities across the region (particularly in the Anglophone and Hispanophone Caribbean) are growing and have garnered local and international media attention. With recent court cases challenging discriminatory laws and the backlash and frenzy over a so-called “gay lobby” in the region, we are at a crucial juncture of visibility, misrepresentation, anti-sexual minority violence, increased activism, lawsuits, and ongoing survival. It is a vital time to respond to recent events critically and from myriad perspectives, as well as to reflect on these movements, make interventions, fight against misrepresentation and violence, and share strategies for community building and solidarity. What is the landscape of sexual minority activism across the region? Who are the regional activists and what are the most recent developments? How are these issues being represented in the media, popular culture, and cultural productions in the English-, Spanish-, French-, Creole- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean? How do we build community, forge resistance to violence and discrimination, and at the same time, demand equal rights and treatment under the law? Where is our hope and love in building community?

We propose a diverse collection of critical essays, activist reports, interviews and profiles, creative writing, poetry, book reviews, visual and performance art, music, film, and other works that will reflect on the struggle/movements for sexual justice in the Caribbean (including all islands, Central and South American coastal areas, and their diasporas). As with the Caribbean IRN’s first collection, we seek to disrupt the divide between academia and community, while locating theories and knowledge in multiple sites and discourses. And we value and privilege local voices in these conversations. This collection will be edited collaboratively by representatives of the Caribbean IRN (Rosamond S. King & Angelique V. Nixon) and two Sargasso issue editors (Katherine Miranda and Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes).

Background: Caribbean IRN &

Sargasso Collaboration


is a peer-reviewed journal of literature, language, and culture edited at the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras, which features critical essays, interviews, reviews, as well as poems and short stories from across the Caribbean. Published from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras for thirty years, Sargasso is affiliated with the PhD program in the Department of English of the College of Humanities.Sargasso is a print journal that also features open online access through Digital Library of the Caribbean. Visit:

The Caribbean Region of the International Resource Network (Caribbean IRN) connects academic and community-based researchers, artists, and activists around the Caribbean and its diasporic communities in areas related to diverse sexualities and genders. The IRN is housed at CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies at the City University of New York, originally funded through the Ford Foundation and located on the web at The Caribbean IRN’s projects and archive can be found at Its monthly updates can be found at

The Caribbean IRN published its first collection Theorizing Homophobias in the Caribbean: Complexities of Place, Desire and Belonging – – in June 2012. This online multimedia collection of activist reports, creative writing, critical essays, film, interviews, music, and visual and performance art offered ways to define and reflect on the complexities of homophobias in the Caribbean, while also expanding awareness about Caribbean sexual minority lives, experiences, and activism in the region and its diaspora. The collection received strong attention and positive feedback, and it remains a great resource for artists, activists, teachers, scholars, and community-based researchers.

For our second collection, titled “Love | Hope | Community: Sexualities and Social Justice in the Caribbean,”

the Caribbean IRN and Sargasso are partnering in order to have both a printed and online regional journal space as well as a multimedia online space to continue and expand the conversations about sexual minorities in the region (including English-, Spanish-, French- and Dutch- speaking countries and territories).

Topics that may be addressed include:

  • Strategies for community building from regional activists
  • Challenges and successes of sexual minority organising in the region
  • Caribbean transgender activism — visibility, violence, and sex work
  • Activist reports and/or essays on recent developments – i.e., status updates or critical perspectives on court cases within the region (e.g., Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago); or comparisons among these cases and recent decisions in Argentina, India, Uganda, Nigeria, or elsewhere in the Global South regarding discriminatory laws and/or buggery laws
  • Comparisons between different countries in the region, or between those that are independent and those that are part of the EU or the USA — regarding sexuality, buggery laws, cultural norms, religion, post/neocolonial issues, race, gender & class politics, etc. as it relates to sexual minorities and rights
  • At the margins: race, class, and gender politics in the movements for sexual justice, women’s rights, and/or policy reform
  • Strategies for organizing against religious conservatism and powerful religious discourse – from outside or within the Caribbean
  • Responding to the “Speaking Truth is not Homophobia” campaign in Jamaica
  • Reviews of relevant books, films, albums, or blogs
  • Interviews with (or profiles of) Caribbean sexual minority activists, artists, elected officials, and other newsmakers
  • Pedagogy of Caribbean sexualities; the state of sexuality studies at regional universities; the state of sex education in national school systems
  • Caribbean sexual minorities, citizenship, and the State (Island-Nation)
  • Politics of visibility and sexual minorities in public spaces
  • Caribbean sexual minority anti-violence work: community organizing and human rights or other discourses
  • Migration and diaspora: the politics of asylum inside and outside the Caribbean
  • LGBTQ Caribbean diaspora(s) and their relationship to home and movements for sexual citizenship and social justice
  • Caribbean sexualities as represented in media, the arts, education, policies, etc.

Submission Details:

Text submissions (essays, fiction, poetry, interviews, profiles, activist reports, reviews) should follow the Sargasso Contributor Guidelines: Essays and critical studies should conform to the style of the MLA Handbook. Short stories should be kept to no more than 2,500 words in length, and poems should be kept to 30 lines or less. For further details see guidelines on the journal’s website. Submissions can be written in Spanish, English, French, or Creole languages of the region. Please contact the journal’s editors with any questions about languages used for publication. Include a short author bio of 55 words or less. Please send text submissions via email to by 15 January 2015.

Multimedia works (audio, video, visual) can be accepted in digital audio (mp3 or avi format), digital image format or digital video via email attachments. If the file(s) are too large for email attachment, please use sendbigfiles, dropbox, or wetransfer (free services) to send your submission. Submissions can be accepted in Spanish, English, French, Dutch, or Creole languages of the region. Include a short description of the work or artist statement (150-200 words) and a short bio of 55 words or less with the complete submission. Please send multi-media submissions via email to by 15 January 2015.

Accepted text works will be published in print and online through Sargasso. And all multimedia works will be featured online through the Caribbean IRN. We would like to represent as much of the Caribbean region as possible. We seek to be inclusive and hope to include work in various languages of the region. In addition, we hope to offer translation for selected works. Multimedia works will be shared in the language(s) in which they are submitted.

Above adapted from email announcement.


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Job Posting: Anglophone African and/or Caribbean Literature

The department of English at James Madison University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Anglophone African and/or Caribbean Literature.  Desirable secondary specializations may include: Comparative Literature, Critical Race Studies, Decolonial Studies, or Film Studies.

Primary responsibilities will include teaching undergraduate and graduate (M.A.) courses as well as introductory courses serving the General Education curriculum. Opportunities to work with the Furious Flower Poetry Center, as well as the Gender Studies, Africana Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies programs are available.  The English Department Faculty does not teach freshman composition.

Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand by August 2015.

Review of applications begin on 5 November 2014 and interviews will be scheduled for MLA.

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must first register at:

Send application letter, vita, writing sample, teaching statement, unofficial graduate transcripts, and dossier of recommendations to:

Search Committee
Department of English
MSC 1801
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807.

Position is contingent upon State funding.  JMU is an AA/EOE.

Above adapted from email announcement.

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Modern and Contemporary Art in the Dominican Republic

Art Museum of the Americas
201 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

Exhibition on view: October 16, 2014- February 1, 2015

Image copied from email announcement.

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Imagining and Imaging the Greater Caribbean

Inaugural Conference for the Center for the Study of the Greater Caribbean
Columbia University
October 17, 2014

Imagining & Imaging the Caribbean

Hosted by the Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University
Conference Location: James Room, 4th Floor, Barnard Hall, 3009 Broadway at W. 117 St. NYC


Program Schedule

1:00 PM Welcoming Remarks, John H. Coatsworth, Provost, Columbia University

1:10 PM The Greater Caribbean as a Geo-Historical and Cultural Region
Introduction: José Moya, Barnard College; Director, ILAS, Columbia University

1:30-3:00 PM Writing about the Caribbean from National Perspectives
Patricia Lara, Colombian author and journalist
Boris Muñoz, Venezuelan author and journalist
Jon Lee Anderson, Author and staff writer, The New Yorker
Moderator: Carlos Alonso, Latin American and Iberian Cultures and Dean of the Graduate
School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University

3:00-3:10 PM Coffee Break

3:10-4:40 PM Writing in the Caribbean Diaspora
Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, Cuban writer and artist, Brown University
Gina Athena Ulysse, Haitian-American author and anthropologist, Wesleyan University
Caryl Phillips, Kittitian-British novelist, Yale University
Moderators: Kaiama L. Glover and Maja Horn, Barnard College

4:40-4:50 PM Coffee Break

4:50-6:10 PM Photographing the City in the Greater Caribbean: Havana, Caracas, San Juan
Ana Maria Dopico, Comparative Literature and Spanish and Portuguese, NYU
Carlos Brillembourg, Architect, Carlos Brillembourg Architects, NYC
Jorge Lizardi Pollock, Architect and Professor, Universidad de Puerto Rico
Moderator: Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia

6:10-6:30 PM Coffee Break

6:30-7:20 PM Rhythms of the Greater Caribbean Concert
With master guitarist Aquiles Baez and an international cast of fellow musicians

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Caribbean Carnival Portraits

Special photography exhibition covering 15 islands and 25 carnivals.

Thursday 18 September 2015
York College, CUNY
94-20 Guy R Brewer Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11451




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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Critical Caribbean Studies at Rutgers

Deadline: Applications due by Friday, 9 January 2015

Critical Caribbean Studies at Rutgers, in collaboration with the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, is pleased to announce a one-year competitive postdoctoral fellowship for a scholar pursuing research in Caribbean Studies. We seek scholars working on innovative cultural, artistic, historical, theoretical, and/or social studies. Scholars working on the Dutch or the French Caribbean, with a focus on transnationalism, migration, colonial legacies, decolonization, race and racism, and/or queer feminist studies, are especially encouraged to apply, but we welcome applications from all scholars who feel that their work would benefit from affiliation with the Caribbean studies community at Rutgers. The selected fellow will receive a stipend of $65,000 as well as an annual research allocation of $3,000 and Rutgers University health benefits. The successful applicant must have the doctorate in hand by July 1, 2015 (defense date must be scheduled no later than May 31, 2015), be no more than three years beyond the Ph.D. (degree received on 2012 or later), and be able to teach one undergraduate course during the Spring semester of their tenure at Rutgers. Position begins on July 1, 2015 and ends onJune 30, 2016.

The Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean studies ( is a space for cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and teaching. Critical Caribbean Studies at Rutgers aims to foster multi-disciplinary research about the Caribbean to allow a better understanding of the region and its people from a variety of perspectives.

Critical Caribbean Studies at Rutgers aims to foster multi-disciplinary research about the Caribbean to allow a better understanding of the region and its people from a variety of perspectives.  Affiliates conduct research on such diverse areas as diaspora and transnational studies, migration and immigration, cultural and performance studies, critical race theory, gender and sexuality studies, psychoanalysis, colonial and postcolonial studies, decoloniality, political theory, critical epistemology, intellectual history, history of New World slavery, social movements and revolution, eighteenth century studies, the urban Atlantic, contemporary urbanization, environmental studies, insularity, and the archipelagic Americas.

There will be opportunities for the postdoctoral fellow to connect with broader academic and community-minded research units at the University, including the Center for Cultural Analysis, the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, the Center for Race & Ethnicity, the Center for African Studies and the Institute for Research on Women.

Candidates should submit their applications, consisting of a CV, a 1,500-word statement and 3 letters of recommendation,electronically to  The statement should address the following: (1) the significance of the candidate’s research and the specific project that will be developed during the one year postdoctoral fellowship, (2) a brief description of the course the candidate could offer, and (3) how and why Rutgers can advance the candidate’s areas of research. Applications must be received by Friday, 9 January 2015.

Applications are free to candidates who already have an account in  If you are unable to create an interfolio account, please contact by 10 December 2014.

Rutgers University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The institution values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and especially encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities.

Above adapted from emailed announcement.

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Evelyne Trouillot book signing

Evelyne Trouillot ROSALIE Signing-FLYER

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