Study on Women, Islam, and Caribbean Diaspora

The following is a request for participants who identify as Muslim Latina Women (of Caribbean descent) and/or Muslim South Asian women:


My name is Samina Gul Ali and I am looking for any Muslim Latina Women (of Caribbean descent) and/or Muslim South Asian women to fill out a confidential online questionnaire about their experiences with religion and identity. You must be a U.S. citizen to participate in this questionnaire. The questionnaire will take approximately 30 minutes to complete, and will close on September 1st, 2016. The link to the questionnaire is below.

I am also looking for any Muslim Latina Women (of Caribbean descent) and/or Muslim South Asian women living in New York City or Miami who would be interested in confidential interviews about their religion, depictions of Islam in American media, and ethnic identity. You must be a U.S. citizen to participate in this study. The interviews will take place at a location of your choosing, and will last approximately one hour. All participants will remain anonymous. Participating in this interview will be a huge help for me to complete my studies. Please contact me via email ( for more information. Thank you!

* This study has been approved by the Human Subjects Review Board and the University of Miami

Fulbright Opportunities in the Caribbean

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching and research awards in over 125 countries for the 2017-2018 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.

This year, the Fulbright Scholar Program is offering over 60 awards in the Western Hemisphere, including 11 awards to the Caribbean. Opportunities include but are not limited to the following: Continue reading

Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess

SummerStage events presents a free screening of the documentary:

Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess
Directed by Roy T. Anderson

26 June 2016
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Betsy Head Park
Dumont Ave. & Strauss St., Brooklyn, NY

“This landmark documentary, conceived by award-winning Jamaican-born, New Jersey-based filmmaker Roy T. Anderson and history professor Harcourt T. Fuller, unearths and examines this mysterious figure, who led a band of former enslaved Africans in the rugged and remote interiors of Jamaica in their victory over the British army during the early to mid-18th century.”

Read more about the event on the City Parks Calendar.

Read more about the film in this review essay by Paul Youngquist. Continue reading

Caribbean Writers, Performance Artists, and Visual Artists Working From Canada

Call for Papers for a special issue of Caribbean Vistas Journal: Critiques of Caribbean Arts and Cultures

CFP deadline: 1 August 2016

Volume 2.2 (Summer 2017) of Caribbean Vistas Journal: Critiques of Caribbean Arts and Cultures will highlight the work of Caribbean Writers, Performance Artists, and Visual Artists working from Canada.

Caribbean Vistas Journal seeks critical essays on all aspects of Caribbean Writers working from Canada are welcomed entries. Previously unpublished poetry and literary nonfiction from Caribbean artists working from Canada are also welcomed entries. Visual art images and video links to performances by Caribbean artists working from Canada accompanied by artistic statements also will be accepted for publication consideration. Interviews with Caribbean Artists [working from Canada] will be considered as a special feature of Volume 2.2 (Summer 2017). Continue reading

Black and Latin@: Conceptualizing Afro-Latinidad in Afro-Latina/o Literature and Performance

Co-Directors Michele Shaul and Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez announce a special edition
of Label Me Latina/o edited by Jill Toliver Richardson

CFP Deadline: 4 November 2016

This special edition focuses on the work of Afro-Latino/a writers who are developing a literary and performance tradition, which delineates an Afro-Latina/o experience in the United States and defines the elements of Afro-Latina/o identity. Afro-Latina/o writers within the United States are producing their own literary tradition that is deeply connected to the experiences of those of African heritage throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Together they are demanding the recognition of Afro-Latinidad throughout the African diaspora. This issue was conceived in response to recently published texts, including The Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States edited by Miriam Jiménez Román and Juan Flores 2010 (Duke UP), which examine various elements of Afro-Latinidades and provide diverse conceptualizations of Afro-Latina/o identity within and beyond the U.S. For this special edition of Label Me Latina/o, we are requesting works that identify and explore the most pertinent topics in Afro-Latina/o literature and
performance including but not limited to memory, the body, race, nation, diaspora,
transnationalism, sexuality, gender and spirituality. We are also requesting creative works by Afro-Latina/o writers (US-based) that explore some aspect of the Afro-Latina/o experience. Continue reading

West Indian Literature Conference (CFP)

***Update: deadline extended***

Archiving Caribbean Literature and Popular Culture

The 35th Annual West Indian Literature Conference
Montego Bay, Jamaica
6-8 October 2016

CFP deadline: Proposals due 30 June 2016 (new deadline) to

Call for Papers
Caribbean literature and popular culture have benefited from technological innovations that facilitate the production, distribution, and consumption of literary and cultural texts. Critical and scholarly inquiry has been renewed by the expansion of canonical and archival possibilities. Digital archives have been established, such as the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC and the Caribbean Film Database. Digital access to Caribbean literary and cultural journals has been extended via mainstream academic databases such as Proquest, Project Muse, and JSTOR, online literary magazines and blogs, and the sale of Caribbean texts through online booksellers. The explosion of social media constitutes a new site of archival production. As the editors of The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature observe, digital technologies enable “the extension of the Caribbean literary archive in both chronological directions at once.” Art forms such as film, theatre, music, dance, and fashion also benefit from this archival expansion. Access to a globalized Caribbean literary and cultural archive also generates new critical, theoretical, practical and ethical questions for critics, historians, and archivists regarding the sites of cultural production, consumption, and interpretation. Continue reading

Teaching Haiti Beyond Literature: Intersectionalities of History, Literature and Culture

Call for Papers for edited anthology:

Teaching Haiti Beyond Literature: Intersectionalities of History, Literature and Culture 

CFP deadline: 500 word abstract due by 25 June 2016; Full draft due by 10 January 2017

In “Poem for the Poorest Country in the Western Hemisphere”, poet Danielle Legros Georges chants: “Oh poorest country, this is not your name/ You should be called beacon, and flame.” Haiti, the only country with the last name of “poorest country in the Western hemisphere” is often at the crossroads of either been venerated in History as the First Black Republic or being pitied. Latin American historian Philippe Zacaïr notes that Haiti is “only respected in books as opposed to real life.” The essays in this volume will focus on how to teach about Haiti and its complex history and culture from a transdisciplinary perspective. Its main goal is to provide best practices and practical suggestions for teaching about Haiti from multiple lenses including art, art history, cultural studies, film, gender, history, literature, and sociology to name but a few areas of interest. The volume also seeks critical essays that center on “Fatal assistance” (a term used by filmmaker Raoul Peck) to highlight the problematic of humanitarian aid and NGOs, service learning, volunteerism and disaster tourism in Haiti. Continue reading

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

My legs were at a 45 degree angle each. I was in a wheelchair for a while after I had corrective surgery to fix it. This is basically the end result… But it’s fine. It’s cute now. Guys fantasize about it now, because I “walk wine” and girls try to walk like me… Basically, I mean my legs are double jointed. And you can put them in different positions. I’m saying, ‘My vagina is made different, and it will make you feel different, and it will make you feel like it’s not one, but actually two vaginas.’
– Tifa, Jamaican Dancehall Artiste [Interview with]

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