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.
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
The University of the West Indies Press will hold a book launch for Sheer Bliss: A Creole Journey by Michela A. Calderaro on 8 September 2021, at 1pm (EST).
The launch will be live on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Jy2qZE_Fpyw.
Full virtual launch details, including a discount for the purchase of, can be found here.
Bucknell University’s English Department seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor of race and literature with a specialization in African American and/or African-diasporic literature in any historical period beginning August 2022. The ability to teach Critical Race Theory is required. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in English or a related field, demonstrable excellence in teaching, and a robust scholarly program, and will contribute to the Literary Studies Program’s Race and Literature Concentration. We are especially interested in areas of research and teaching that build upon the department’s current strengths in race and ethnic studies; gender, queer, and sexuality studies; intersectionality and literature; and environmental and medical humanities. This position is part of a Bucknell cluster hire focusing on race in conjunction with the departments of Education, History, and Sociology.
There is a 3/2 teaching load, and members of the department teach introductory as well as advanced-level courses. We seek an outstanding faculty member with clear evidence of commitment to undergraduate teaching and research, student learning, diversity, and inclusive pedagogy. The successful candidate will contribute to Bucknell’s commitment to the liberal arts through teaching courses that emphasize critical writing and are part of the college’s core curriculum, in addition to the gateway course for the Race and Literature concentration. Continue reading Assistant Professor position in Race and Literature at Bucknell University
Across the African diaspora, art has been a form of expression and liberation at times of widespread cultural oppression, enabling artists of color to resist the tradition of silencing while preserving their histories, traditions, and more in ways that could be passed down intergenerationally. While much art worked to fulfill a political purpose by pushing for equality and liberty in oppressive cultures, other works aimed at achieving liberation by celebrating Black cultural forms, from the cutting-edge music of Erykah Badu to that of Janelle Monae. Eager to explore art as liberation among other topics, Third Stone accepts submissions year round of art, music, creative writing, short films, scholarship, digital content, and more on Afrofuturism, African-futurism, and the Black fantastic as explored both inside and outside of the borders of the United States.
Date: Monday, 3 February 2020
Time: 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Location: King Juan Carlos I Center, 53 Washington Sq S, New York, NY 10012
This event is free and open to the public, ID required at the entrance. RSVP here.
Event Description: The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) present two film screenings — of ANTIMAN and The Seawall — and a conversation with directors Gavin Ramoutar and Mason Richards, Dr. Sheril Antonio film scholar and Associate Arts Professor in the Department of Art & Public Policy and Grace Aneiza Ali, Curator and Assistant Professor in the Department of Art & Public Policy, on the issues of boyhood and masculinity and migration within the Guyanese and Caribbean diaspora.
About the Films:
In Gavin Ramoutar’s short film ANTIMAN, Anil, an introverted young teen navigates the pressures by his father to become a cricket player to prove his masculinity. Privately, he must reconcile his love for an older boy while living in a homophobic village in a Guyanese countryside.
In Mason Richards’ short film The Seawall, ten-year-old Malachi prepares to leave Guyana and his beloved grandmother for the United States. As he wrestles with the impending rupture from his motherland, the film poignantly examines how migration — from a young boy’s perspective — fragments a family. Continue reading Boyhood and Masculinity in Contemporary Guyanese Film
Sunday, 20 October 2019
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Part of a series of events connected to the “Art in a Crisis Climate” Exhibition at:
Chhaya CDC Richmond Hill Center
121-18 Liberty Avenue
Queens, NY 11419
Saturday, 5 October 2019
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
Wednesday, 9 October 2019
William P. Kelly Skylight Room (9100)
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Brooklyn Book Festival
16-23 September 2019
Below are a list of Caribbean-related events and panels before and during the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, 22 September. The list may be incomplete. Events are listed in chronological order.
All events free unless otherwise noted. Continue reading Caribbean events and panels at the Brooklyn Book Festival 2019
Exhibit dates: 4-31 May 2019 (Open Mon-Sat)
Location: RISE Center Gallery, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Description from the RISE event webpage: Continue reading “Deities, Part One” by Andil Gosine
14 – 17 March 2019
BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Description from the Caribbean Film Academy website: Caribbean cinema is at a high point critically and artistically, in the ways its filmmakers thrill, entertain, and inform audiences globally. This four-day festival marks the five-year anniversary of the Caribbean Film Series, providing an unparalleled platform to reflect on the Caribbean and its diasporic experiences, in new and unconventional ways.
Schedule of film screenings: Continue reading Caribbean Film Series: A 5th Anniversary Festival
Film Screening and Discussion of Richard Fung’s film Nang by Nang
With post-screening discussion with Film Director Richard Fung and Dr. Tzarina T. Prater (Bentley University)
Wednesday, 20 February 2019
College Avenue Student Center, Multipurpose Room
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Friday, October 19
6 pm – 8 pm
John Jay College, CUNY
New Building, 9th Floor
524 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019
Lecture by Dr.Vanessa K. Valdés
26 September 2018, 4pm
New Jersey City University
Gothic Lounge, Hepburn Hall, 202
2039 kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07305