Book Announcement | New Political Culture in the Caribbean

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:

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Dr. Faith Smith gives the Annual Barbara Paul-Emile Lecture

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.

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Professor Barbara Paul-Emile

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Event | Visualizing Racial Complexity w/ Tatiana Flores and Juana Valdés

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.


Further information below.
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Event | Curators in Conversation: Suset Sánchez and Aldeide Delgado

April 11th, 2022
12PM EDT
Register here.

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.

More information can be found below.

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Event | The Abyss of the Ocean: Cuban Women Photographers, Migrations and the Question of Race

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 exhibit can be viewed here.

More information can be found below.
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CFP: The Future of West Indian Literature

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

Event | Trouillot Remixed

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.

February 7th, 2022
6:30pm–8:00pm EST
Further information can be found here.
Register for the event here.

Call for Papers | The Many Worlds of Mainland “British Latin America”

Presented by the Rutgers British Studies Center and the Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies.

Friday, May 6, 2022
Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Abstracts and Proposals Due Friday, December 17, 2021
Further information and submission instructions here.

The organizers hope to conduct the gathering entirely in person, but depending on the state of the ongoing pandemic, the workshop may have hybrid Zoom components or may go online entirely.

More information below the break.
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Event | Langston Hughes Festival 2021 Celebrates Jamaica Kincaid

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.

More information about the event and participants below.
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