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The Caribbean Digital III

The Caribbean Digital III

a Small Axe Project event
2 December 2016
Barnard College / Columbia University
New York, NY 

Deadline for proposals: 15 July 2016

The transformation of the academy by the digital revolution presents challenges to customary ways of learning, teaching, conducting research, interpreting documents 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. Opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration have expanded enormously; 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. Continued…

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Expert Witnessing: On Haiti and the Dominican Republic

A Pre-Latin American Studies Association Event

Microlectures and Testimonials on Haitian-Dominican Relations

Thursday, 26 May 2016
York College (CUNY)
94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, NY
African American Resource Center (AC-3B04)

EW Flyer v3

Above announcement received from Kiran Jayaram,

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Disability, Mental Health, and Disablement

Special issue of Caribbean Review of Gender Studies

Guest Editors: Savitri Persaud and Fatimah Jackson-Best

CFP deadlines: Abstracts due by 30 September 2016; Manuscripts due by 6 January 2017

Call for papers

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– Tifa, Jamaican Dancehall Artiste [Interview with]


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Caribbean Writers Series: An Island Can Be a World

St. John’s University’s annual Caribbean Writers Series event features Tiphanie Yanique (of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands).


Thursday, April 28
St. John’s University
Queens Campus
D’Angelo Center 128

Yanique will read from her recent poetry collection, Wife, and her novel, Land of Love and Drowning. The novel imaginatively weaves a multigenerational family story into the history of the Virgin Islands from Transfer Day (from Denmark to the US) in 1917 through contemporary times, exploring issues in gender, race, sexuality, US political and cultural imperialism, and tourism.

Please see the attached flyer, or click on the following link for event details:

Above adapted from emailed announcement.

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Afro-Latin@ Diasporas Book Series

Book Series: Afro-Latin@ Diasporas
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (

Series Editors: Miriam Jiménez Román, Natasha Gordon-Chipembere and Edward Paulino


The Afro-Latin@ Diasporas book series aims to gather scholarly and creative writing on the African diasporic experience in Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States. We publish between 2-3 books annually, since our inception in 2013.

The Editors welcome book-length unpublished manuscripts addressing all aspects of Afro-Latin@ life and cultural expression throughout the hemisphere, with a strong focus on U.S. Latin@s of African descent. We will also consider relevant work on the transnational Brazilian and Haitian experiences. We will be considering manuscripts in any and all humanities and social science disciplines, as well as a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches. The peer-reviewed Series will also include fictional and poetic work, though the emphasis will be on critical historical and sociological analysis on a broad range of topics including religion, history, literature, theory, biography and scholarship in sociology, politics and economics. We especially welcome works on issues of class, gender and sexuality, in addition to studies of the transnational Afro-Latin@ experience. Doctoral dissertations must be converted into manuscript format in order to be considered.  We will not consider manuscripts that have been submitted to multiple publishers simultaneously.

Publications are in English, but we also will consider book proposal in Spanish (subject to the author securing resources for full manuscript translation into English). The Series editors are pleased to consider book proposals. The proposal must include your name, title, institutional affiliation (if applicable), and contact information as well as a 3-4 page prospectus, Table of Contents, Submission Timeline and a sample chapter.

The Series editors take between 6-10 weeks for manuscript and proposal review before decisions are made to send the work further to Palgrave for peer-review and contract consideration.

Please send all enquiries to the editors at:


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Pepperpot and Poetry

The City College Black Studies Program presents,

Pepperpot and Poetry with KWAME DAWES  

Part of The Chinua Achebe Legacy Series

20 April 2016
(reception at 5pm)
The School of Architecture
Room 107
City College
(corner of 135th and Convent)


Above adapted from emailed announcement.

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CLR James Now!

Call for Conference Papers

CLR James Now!
Friday, 4 November 2016
CUNY Graduate Center
New York, NY

CLR James as a young man

Deadline for proposals: 15 May 2016

CLR James’s life spanned almost the entire 20th century. He was part of Trotsky’s circle in Mexico in the 1930s and Stuart Hall’s in the 1970s. A fulcrum of leftist thought for the past fifty years, James was an influential advocate of social change from below. James was a product of the colonial process and an early resister of it, and he recognized that the Global South as a generator of political innovation rather than a container for received ideas. As a theorist of British imperialism and what has come to be called the Black Atlantic, James helps us reorient the geographic perspective of American Studies towards the Caribbean and expands what blackness can mean in the United States.

A novelist, playwright, theorist, sports writer, literary critic voracious reader, and polymath intellectual, James forces us to challenge the narrow boundaries of academic life on the one hand and resist the lure of sectarianism in political organizing on the other. In his embrace of cricket, he claims the cultural capital of the colonizer for the post-colonial subject.  His critique of Soviet communism as “state capitalism” anticipated the emergence of China as a state-run free market, just as his fascination with the Haitian revolution theorized the inextricable connections between racialization and divide-and-conquer class politics that is a focus of the Black Lives Matter campaign.

What can CLR James tell us now?

The organizers invite proposals for presentations on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Can every cook govern? Revolutionary possibilities past and present
  • CLR James and “friends”: overlaps, influences, and influenced: Trotsky, Gramsci, Luxemburg, Hall, Spivak, Said, Davis, Padmore, Dunayevskaya, James and Grace Lee Boggs, and more
  • James and his “enemies”: conflict, opposition, surveillance, suppression
  • James at the margins, James at the center, James in the black Atlantic
  • Migration, diaspora, deportation, flight
  • James’s critique of state socialism, from the USSR to Cuba to the Chinese Communist Party
  • James and the “studies”: postcolonial, (post)marxist, transnational, gender, sexuality
  • Critiquing James

Please use this Survey Monkey link to submit abstracts (250 words maximum) for the conference by 15 May 2016.

For any questions or concerns about the symposium or call, please email Justin Rogers-Cooper at Please help advertise and create discussion for the symposium using the social media hashtag #CLRJamesNOW

Cosponsored by the New York Metro American Studies Association (NYMASA) and the CUNY Institute for Research on the African Diaspora and Caribbean (IRADAC)

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Art, Race, and Fluidity in Dominican Republic and Haiti

Tuesday, 12 April
2:30 to 8:00pm
Martin E. Segal Theatre
CUNY Graduate Center


This symposium explores the historical relationship of the Dominican Republic and Haiti and their diasporas, with a particular emphasis on migration, race, and the visual arts. Composed of visual artists, community members, performers, and scholars, the event addresses the past and present relationship of Haiti and the Dominican Republic from an anthropological, literary, and art historical perspective. Scholars and artists will explore the revision of Hispañola’s flawed historical narrative, which constructed Euro-Centric racial hierarchies in the early 20th century in the Dominican Republic.

The symposium will be composed of two panels, an art performance, and a discussion about the performance. The symposium will be followed by a reception in the Art History lounge.

Speakers include:

  • Edward J. Sullivan
  • Charo Oquet
  • Edouard Duval-Carrié
  • Herman Bennett
  • Diógenes Abreu
  • Jean-Marie Thédoat
  • Judy Sund
  • Scherezade Garcia
  • Tashima Thomas
  • Vladimir Cybil Charlier

Full program & registration details available here.

The symposium is convened by Abigail Lapin, Ph.D. Candidate in Art History, CUNY Graduate Center.

Cosponsored by the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC); Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC); the Doctoral Students’ Council; Dominican Studies Group, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Postcolonial Studies Group, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Feminist Studies Group, The Graduate Center, CUNY; and the PhD Program in Art History.


Above adapted from email announcement.

Image credit: Scherezade Garcia, Paisaje Compartido (Shared Landscape), 2012

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Impunity, Responsibility and Citizenship – HAITI

A Colloquium organized by The Henri Peyre French Institute with the support of Fondasyon Konesans Ak Libète (FOKAL)

17 March 2016
City College Center for Worker Education
25 Broadway, 7th Floor
NY, NYC 10004


18 March 2016
The Segal Theatre at The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016 USA

Keynote Speakers: Etienne Tassin (Université Paris-Diderot) and William O’Neill (CPPF – Social Science Research Council)

All Events Free and Open to the Public (though Government-issued IDs required for building entrance)


Colloquium Program Continued…

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Three NYC Women’s History Month events

Two programs and an exhibition in the NYC area will be honoring Caribbean women and culture. Full details on each event follow the short descriptions below.

3 -31 March 2016
St. Francis College – Callahan Center, 182 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Wednesday, 16 March 2016
6:00 – 8:30pm
160 Convent Ave – Shepard Hall Room 250, New York, NY 10031

Sunday, 20 MARCH 2016
4:00 – 8:00pm
St. Francis College, 182 Remsen street, Brooklyn, NY 11217



A group exhibition celebrating the creative duality of Writers as Visual Artists
3 -31 March 2016
St. Francis College – Callahan Center, 182 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Featured Artists

  • Jacqueline Bishop (Jamaica) – drawing
  • Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné (Trinidad & Tobago) – painting
  • Laura James (Antigua & Barbuda) – painting
  • Iyaba Mandingo (Antigua & Barbuda) – painting
  • Michèle Voltaire Marcelin (Haiti) – painting
  • Opal Palmer Adisa (Jamaica) – photography
  • Mervyn Taylor (Trinidad & Tobago) – masquerade

Curators: Loris Crawford, Savacou Gallery, and Ava Tomlinson


Wednesday, 16 March 2016
6:00 – 8:30pm
160 Convent Ave – Shepard Hall Room 250, New York, NY 10031

A panel discussion of women Caribbean writers. Featured writers:

  • Ifeona Fulani
  • Tiphanie Yanique
  • Dahlma Llanos Figueroa
  • Nicole Dennis -Benn
  • Simone A. James Alexander (moderator)

Register to attend here.


Sunday, 20 MARCH 2016
St. Francis College, 182 Remsen street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

4:30PM – Domestic Workers as Art and Literature
With novelists Victoria Brown (Minding Ben) and Nandi Keyi (The True Nanny Dairy) with painter Laura James.
Hosted by Stephanie A. Cunningham, Brooklyn Museum

6:00PM – Women Colouring Words
The fascinating, multiple influences on the work of poets and painters Jacqueline Bishop (The Gymnast and Other Positions), Michele Voltaire Marcelin (Amours et Bagatelles), and Opal Palmer-Adisa (I Name Me Name).
Hosted by Daniela Fifi, National Museum & Art Gallery

7:00pm: In Her Own Words
Open Mic session hosted by poet and painter, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo (“Sins of My Fathers”), and spoken word artist, Mercy L. Tullis-Bukhari (SMOKE)

Woman tings

ADM: $10
INFO: 718-783-8345 /

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