Published by the University of the West Indies Press, New Political Culture in the Caribbean, co-edited by Holger Henke (Independent scholar) and Fred Reno (Universite des Antilles), is a completely new edition of their 2003 work Modern Political Culture in the Caribbean. In the book, the editors and authors revisit some of the themes in Caribbean political culture explored some eighteen years earlier. The quality of political discourse – in terms of its content and forms of presentation – has significantly shifted over the first decades of the twenty-first century, and the impact of social media and a concomitant rise of political fringe discourses have accelerated the fragmentation of the public and polity, leading to sharper confrontations in the political sphere and giving once again rise to crude forms of nationalism. There are also various stressors and pressures that run counter to simplistic notions of nationalism and point to a great urgency for more transparent, sustainable, participatory and equitable modalities of political engagement and discourses in the region.
Specific chapter titles and contributors can be found below:
On 11 April 2022, Dr. Faith Smith presented the The Annual Barbara Paul-Emile Lecture in English and Media Studies. The lecture was presented via Zoom and recorded. Below, Dr. Tzarina T. Prater, Associate Professor of English and Media Studies at Bentley University shares with us an introduction to the lecture as well as a link to a streamable recording of the lecture.
May 11th, 2022
6 PM EDT
Available for viewing on Facebook or Youtube at the event start time.
As part of The Abyss of the Ocean, art critic Tatiana Flores and artist Juana Valdés, will discuss their recent projects and exhinitions and discuss issues of race and Latinidad within the categories Cuban, Latin American and Latinx Art.
As part of the digital exhibition, The Abyss of the Ocean, curators Suset Sánchez and Aldeide Delgado will discuss a history of institutional and independent exhibitions that address the problem of race and racism in Cuba.
A digital exhibition, guest curated by Aldeide Delgado, is now live. The Abyss of the Ocean focuses on identity and resistance through the practices of five artists living and working in the United States, Mexico, and Spain.
The Future of West Indian Literature
40th West Indian Literature Conference and
11th Critical Caribbean Symposium
University of The Bahamas Nassau, The Bahamas 13th-15th October 2022
CFP: Abstracts due 16 May 2022 (extended deadline) Notification of decision: 30 May 2022
The Future of West Indian Literature, Creative Practices, Culture, and Criticism is in flux as the Caribbean region faces new and old burdens and challenges. It is imperative that we consider how we address impending crises that include climate change and its impacts on the region, public health crises, cultural commodification in the global marketplace, Caribbean literary criticism and its metropoles, regional publishing, creative cultural studies, and the literary imagination. As Caribbean futures continue to be yoked to tourism and extractive and consumptive practices, the political and social needs of local residents are overlooked, often in favor of tending to visitors. How do literary scholars, West Indian writers at home and in the diaspora, tackle these realities through the critical discourses in the field? How might academic institutions engage more fully in these conversations and provide innovative interventions that benefit local economies, intellectual communities, and cultural production? These are some of the questions we will consider when we meet next in the Bahamas.
This will be a hybrid conference and proposers are encouraged to state which modality they would prefer. The abstract should state whether the presentation will be virtual or in-person. The conference organizing committee encourages submissions from literary scholars and critics, and from all sectors of the creative community. The proposal accompanying each paper/abstract should indicate how the work fits within one of the following thematic threads: Continue reading CFP: The Future of West Indian Literature
Intellectual Publics and Centro presents Trouillot Remixed, a virtual conversation moderated by Yarimar Bonilla on the occasion of the publishing of Trouillot Remixed: The Michel-Rolph Trouillot Reader.
Vincent Brown, Marlene Daut, and Rinaldo Walcott will discuss the late Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s ideas about history and power and his impact on public scholarship, and especially on Black Studies.
The 2021 Langston Hughes Festival will be celebrating the legacy of Langston Hughes and Jamaica Kincaid’s original and essential work across two events on November 18, 2021:
Talking Stories: Celebrating the Legacy of Jamaica Kincaid
Award-winning Caribbean authors and students celebrate Jamaica Kincaid.
Thursday, November 18th.
12:30 PM EST Register here.
CCNY’s Langston Hughes Festival Honors Jamaica Kincaid
Jamaica Kincaid will be presented with the Langston Hughes Medal, as well as a creative performance in tribute to the honoree and an interview of and reading by the honoree.
Thursday, November 18th.
6:00 PM EST Register here.