A Conversation about Literature and the Arts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

2:50pm – 4:10pm
27 September 2018
Rutgers University
Center for Cultural Analysis, Room 6051
Academic Building, 15 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ, 08901

The Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies (RAICCS) is pleased to announce the visit of renowned Puerto Rican novelist and visual artist Eduardo Lalo (University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras) to Rutgers U., New Brunswick as part of our “What is Decoloniality?” Speaker Series. Lalo will speak about literature and the arts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

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Assistant/Associate Professor in Spanish

Application Deadline: 9 November 2018

The Faculty of Liberal and Fine Arts is pleased to invite applications for the position of tenure track Assistant/Associate Professor, Spanish at the Oakes Field Campus of the University of The Bahamas located in New Providence (Nassau) and at UB-North located in Grand Bahama. This full-time appointment will begin 1 August 2019.

The Foreign Languages Department is seeking candidates with the ability to teach all levels of the Spanish language and culture courses. The ability to teach another language is also desirable (Portuguese, French or Haitian Creole). Candidates who have the ability to teach and develop courses in language for the professions (i.e. Medical Spanish, Legal and Law Enforcement Spanish, Business Spanish, Spanish for Tourism, etc.) and/or experience in translation and interpretation are encouraged to apply. Applicants must possess an earned PhD in Spanish, Hispanic/Latin American/Spanish Studies, or a related field from an accredited institution. The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to teaching undergraduate students; evidence of excellence in teaching and in the use of creative/innovative pedagogies; knowledge of current trends in pedagogy; skills in course development and implementation; evidence of research and scholarship. Applicants must possess an earned PhD in Spanish, Hispanic/Latin American/Spanish Studies, Pedagogy (FLE) or Second Language Acquisition (Spanish), Translation and Interpretation studies, or a related field from an accredited institution.

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Enslaved: Peoples of the Historic Slave Trade Conference

8th to 9th March 2019
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

CFP Deadline:  30 September 2018

This is a call for papers for an international conference, “Enslaved: Peoples of the Historic Slave Trade.” The major objective of this conference is to encourage collaboration among scholars utilizing databases to document and reconstruct the lives of individuals who were part of historic slave trades. This conference will focus primarily on the enslavement and trade of people of African descent before the twentieth century, but we welcome papers from scholars studying other slave trades.  We are interested in proposals from scholars who are presenting, interpreting, coordinating, integrating and preserving data about individuals–of slave, free or other status. Databases may be in various stages of development and construction from beginning to complete.

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Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Application Deadline: 1 November 2018

The Department of Anthropology and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invite applications for a tenure-stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of African Diaspora studies. This will be a joint appointment between the Department of Anthropology (51%) and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies (49%). The position will commence July 1, 2019, or shortly thereafter.

Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology or a closely related discipline by July 1, 2019, or shortly thereafter, and have a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen existing faculty strengths. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.

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Assistant Professor in Caribbean Studies

Review of applications will begin on 22 October 2018

The Department of African and African American Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rant of assistant professor in the area of Caribbean Studies with expertise in either the Francophone, Anglophone, or Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Applications in the field of Afro Latin American Studies will also be considered. This is an open field search. Applicants in the humanities or the humanistic area of the social sciences including the disciplines of literary criticism, gender studies, history, art history, anthropology, psychology, political science, sociology, or philosophy will be considered. The starting date for the position is July 1, 2019.

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Two Senior Faculty Positions in African American of African Diaspora Studies

Discipline and Field Open – Pennsylvania State University

Review of applications will begin on 15 October 2018

The Department of African American Studies at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for two outstanding Associate Professors or Professors in African American Studies. These hires are part of a cluster hire initiative at The Pennsylvania State University in African American Studies across several departments including English and Philosophy. For more information, please visit http://la.psu.edu/about/diversity-and-inclusion/faculty. We are looking for excellent applicants in all disciplines and fields, but especially welcome those working in areas of the diaspora outside of the U.S., in earlier time periods, comparatists, and social scientists.

The successful candidate will join a thriving African American Studies department with faculty from the humanities and social sciences, an undergraduate major and minor, a growing dual-title Ph.D. program, and significant grant activity. We have strengths in 20th and 21st century U.S. history, gender studies, Africana religions, racial formation, and cultural theory. We want to enhance our diasporic orientation, so we are especially interested in candidates who specialize in one of the following areas: cultures of the African diaspora; immigration, migration and the global black experience; and urban black life.

Applicants will have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline or field, and a strong research and teaching portfolio. The majority of the appointment (the tenure home) will be in African American Studies with the possibility of a joint appointment in a cooperating department or unit. The teaching load is 2 courses per semester. Applications must be submitted electronically at https://psu.jobs/job/82407. All applications should include a cv (with the names of at least three referees), letter of application, and statement of current research. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2018, but the position will remain open until filled. The start date for the position is August 2019.

Inquiries may be directed to Professor Nan Woodruff, Chair of the Search Committee, at new7@psu.edu. We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with university policies. The Pennsylvania State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

Above text adapted from webpage.

Caribbean Meridians Conference

7th to 9th February 2019
Female Orphan School, Parramatta South Campus
Western Sydney University
Sydney, Australia

CFP Deadline:  30 September 2018

Michael Bucknor (University of the West Indies, Mona)
Alexis Wright (University of Melbourne)
Patrick Chamoiseau (Martinique)
Anna Cristina Pertierra (Western Sydney University)

The next of our biennial Australian Association for Caribbean Studies conferences will be held at Western Sydney University in conjunction with the Australian Research Council funded project Other Worlds. Our theme, ‘Caribbean Meridians’, spotlights the ways in which Caribbean worlds are made and the relations and alignments these worlds have with worlds elsewhere. AACS conferences are interdisciplinary and papers on all topics are considered, including from the natural sciences. Recent conferences have taken the themes of ‘Land and Water’ (Wollongong, 2015) and ‘Interiors’ (Canberra, 2017). For 2019 we are encouraging presenters to think about the ‘meridians’ that connect the peoples, cultures, ecologies, and histories of the Caribbean with those of other places around the globe.

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Lorna Goodison at the Windham-Campbell Prize Festival

Lorna Goodison, Poet Laureate of Jamaica, is a recipient of a 2018 Windham-Campbell Prize for Poetry. She will be participating in various talks/readings at Yale University during the Prize Festival (12-14 September). Goodison’s participation is detailed below in chronological order. See the Windham-Campbell Prize website for full festival details.

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VIII Biennial Dominican Studies Association Conference

15th to 17th November 2018
Hostos Community College
City University of New York

CFP Deadline:  15 September 2018

Dedicated to poet Rhina P. Espaillat
Opening Remarks by Daisy Cocco de Filippis, President, Naugatuck Valley Community College

Keynote Speaker: Maria Harper-Marinick, Chancellor, Arizona Maricopa Community Colleges
Plenary Speaker: Dr. Marcos Charles, former President Bronx County Medical Society, retired Prof Albert Einstein College of Medicine & honorary Prof Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo

Theme: Dominicans on the Map: Heritage, Citizenship, Memory and Social Justice

Born nearly two decades ago, the Dominican Studies Association (DSA) offers its eighth biennial congress as the occasion to usher in the organization and the field of study that it was born to promote to the next level. This eighth iteration looks to examining areas of inquiry, geographies of knowledge, research questions, and critical paradigms that its founders could hardly have fathomed when they first resolved to insist that the scholarly exploration of the Dominican experience merited a place in the US academy. After some trail-blazing, DSA wishes now to serve as a platform to new generations of scholars with quests of their own, which, in a best-case scenario, they will advance by building on the accomplishments and transcending the drawbacks of their precursors, while remaining attached to the founding ideal of using the study of the Dominican experience as a forum to foster the cause of humanity. Care for humanity implies attention to social justice, diversity, and inclusion, inclusion understood not merely as the phenotypes of bodies that differ from ours but also the knowledge that those bodies have produced, all of which we need as no part of our species can believably claim sole possession of the wisdom required for our collective survival.

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I Even Regret Night: Verses from Indenture

6:30pm – 8:30pm
29 October 2018
Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU
8 Washington Mews
New York, NY 10003

While conducting research for her book Coolie Woman, Gaiutra Bahadur (Visiting Scholar, A/P/A Institute at NYU) came across Lal Bihari Sharma’s Holi Songs of Demerara, the only known literary work written by an indentured laborer in the Anglophone Caribbean. She passed the songbook, written in a combination of Awadhi, Bhojpuri, and Braj Bhasha, to award-winning Indo-Caribbean poet and translator Rajiv Mohabir, and a literary recovery project was born. Join us for a reading from I Even Regret Night: Holi Songs of Demerara (Kaya Press, 2018), which chronicles the “interior lives of indentured men” (Bahadur) on the sugar plantations of British Guiana. Bahadur, who wrote the book’s introduction, and Mohabir, who completed its translation, will be in conversation with Grace Aneiza Ali (NYU Department of Art & Public Policy). Audience members are invited to record their own family histories of indenture and migration with the South Asian American Digital Archive.

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, South Asian American Digital Archive, Rajkumari Cultural Center, Jahajee Sisters, and Guyana Modern.com.

This venue has an elevator and is accessible for wheelchair users. Restrooms are single-stall, and all gender. If you need any accommodations, please email apa.rsvp@nyu.edu at least two weeks before the event date.

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Critical Caribbean Feminisms: Erna Brodber and Nicole Dennis-Benn

9 October 2018
Event Oval, The Diana Center
3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

The Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) and Small Axe: A Journal of Caribbean Criticism host a reading and conversation between authors Erna Brodber (Nothing’s Mat; The Rainmaker’s Mistake, among others) and Nicole Dennis-Benn (Here Comes the Sun) in the newly-expanded series, Critical Caribbean Feminisms. These authors will discuss issues including the Caribbean and its diaspora, method, feminism, and gender in their work. The conversation with be followed by a discussion moderated by Kaiama L. Glover.

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Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Literatures in English

Application Deadline: 30 August 2018

The University of the West Indies (UWI) is a dynamic, international institution serving the countries of the Commonwealth Caribbean. Its faculties offer a wide range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral programmes in Humanities and Education, Science and Technology, Engineering, Law, Medical Sciences and the Social Sciences. At 70 years old, the institution represents the oldest of its kind within the region and has been responsible for producing outstanding leaders who have made remarkable contributions to regional development.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the post of:
Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Literatures Department of Literatures in English

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Edited Volume on the Dominican Diaspora

CFP Deadline:  30 September 2018

Migration is one of the largest topics of our time. Its motivations and effects on the migrants and the host nations have prompted complex and fundamental discussion in much of the world in recent years. The volume we imagine takes this discussion as a backdrop and turns the readers’ attention to the complexity of migration in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. In this geographic area, migration has a long history and has always included a back and forth between different islands in response to economic and/or political problems in the homelands. Within this sociopolitical, historical, psychological, and linguistic context, we decided to examine the motivations and effects of migration by the example of the Dominican diaspora in Puerto Rico and the U.S. mainland. Since the 1960s, the end of the era of the Dominican dictator Trujillo, Dominican migration increased immensely, especially to Puerto Rico and the mainland US. In particular, migration to Puerto Rico is interesting from the research perspective, as two historically and linguistically very similar groups start existing in the same geographic space. But also, the existence of Dominican migration to the US offers a wide field of inquiry.

To this end, we would like to invite you to contribute to this volume, tentatively titled: The Dominican diaspora in Puerto Rico and the U.S. The span of research is purposefully broad, in order to offer the reader as complex a picture as possible on the topic of Dominican migration. Scholars who are currently doing research on the linguistic, social, psychological, and historical effects of Dominican migration to Puerto Rico and the US are welcome to submit a 300-word abstract in English or Spanish of their original, unpublished manuscripts in both PDF and Word files to esuarezb@shepherd.edu by September 30th, 2018.

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