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

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 thefader.com]

Continue reading Disability, Mental Health, and Disablement

Caribbean Writers Series: An Island Can Be a World

St. John’s University’s annual Caribbean Writers Series event features Tiphanie Yanique (of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands).


Thursday, April 28
St. John’s University
Queens Campus
D’Angelo Center 128

Yanique will read from her recent poetry collection, Wife, and her novel, Land of Love and Drowning. The novel imaginatively weaves a multigenerational family story into the history of the Virgin Islands from Transfer Day (from Denmark to the US) in 1917 through contemporary times, exploring issues in gender, race, sexuality, US political and cultural imperialism, and tourism.

Please see the attached flyer, or click on the following link for event details: http://www.stjohns.edu/about/events/caribbean-writers-series-island-can-be-world.

Above adapted from emailed announcement.

The Caribbean Digital III

The Caribbean Digital III

a Small Axe Project event
2 December 2016
Barnard College / Columbia University
New York, NY 

Deadline for proposals: 15 July 2016

The transformation of the academy by the digital revolution presents challenges to customary ways of learning, teaching, conducting research, interpreting documents and presenting findings. It also offers great opportunities in each of these areas. New media enable oration, graphics, objects, and even embodied performance to supplement existing forms of scholarly production as well as to constitute entirely original platforms. Opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration have expanded enormously; information has been made more accessible and research made more efficient on multiple levels. Scholars are called upon, with some urgency, to adapt their research and pedagogical methods to an academic climate deluged by a superabundance of information and analysis. This has created opportunities for open-ended and multiform engagements, interactive and continually updating archives and other databases, cartographic applications that enrich places with historical information, and online dialogues with peers and the public. Continue reading The Caribbean Digital III

Afro-Latin@ Diasporas Book Series

Book Series: Afro-Latin@ Diasporas
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (https://www.palgrave.com/us/series/14759)

Series Editors: Miriam Jiménez Román, Natasha Gordon-Chipembere and Edward Paulino


The Afro-Latin@ Diasporas book series aims to gather scholarly and creative writing on the African diasporic experience in Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States. We publish between 2-3 books annually, since our inception in 2013.

The Editors welcome book-length unpublished manuscripts addressing all aspects of Afro-Latin@ life and cultural expression throughout the hemisphere, with a strong focus on U.S. Latin@s of African descent. We will also consider relevant work on the transnational Brazilian and Haitian experiences. We will be considering manuscripts in any and all humanities and social science disciplines, as well as a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches. The peer-reviewed Series will also include fictional and poetic work, though the emphasis will be on critical historical and sociological analysis on a broad range of topics including religion, history, literature, theory, biography and scholarship in sociology, politics and economics. We especially welcome works on issues of class, gender and sexuality, in addition to studies of the transnational Afro-Latin@ experience. Doctoral dissertations must be converted into manuscript format in order to be considered.  We will not consider manuscripts that have been submitted to multiple publishers simultaneously.

Publications are in English, but we also will consider book proposal in Spanish (subject to the author securing resources for full manuscript translation into English). The Series editors are pleased to consider book proposals. The proposal must include your name, title, institutional affiliation (if applicable), and contact information as well as a 3-4 page prospectus, Table of Contents, Submission Timeline and a sample chapter.

The Series editors take between 6-10 weeks for manuscript and proposal review before decisions are made to send the work further to Palgrave for peer-review and contract consideration.

Please send all enquiries to the editors at:  afrolatinodiasporas@gmail.com


Pepperpot and Poetry

The City College Black Studies Program presents,

Pepperpot and Poetry with KWAME DAWES  

Part of The Chinua Achebe Legacy Series

20 April 2016
(reception at 5pm)
The School of Architecture
Room 107
City College
(corner of 135th and Convent)


Above adapted from emailed announcement.

CLR James Now!

Call for Conference Papers

CLR James Now!
Friday, 4 November 2016
CUNY Graduate Center
New York, NY

CLR James as a young man

Deadline for proposals: *** updated deadline*** 15 June 2016

CLR James’s life spanned almost the entire 20th century. He was part of Trotsky’s circle in Mexico in the 1930s and Stuart Hall’s in the 1970s. A fulcrum of leftist thought for the past fifty years, James was an influential advocate of social change from below. James was a product of the colonial process and an early resister of it, and he recognized that the Global South as a generator of political innovation rather than a container for received ideas. As a theorist of British imperialism and what has come to be called the Black Atlantic, James helps us reorient the geographic perspective of American Studies towards the Caribbean and expands what blackness can mean in the United States.

A novelist, playwright, theorist, sports writer, literary critic voracious reader, and polymath intellectual, James forces us to challenge the narrow boundaries of academic life on the one hand and resist the lure of sectarianism in political organizing on the other. In his embrace of cricket, he claims the cultural capital of the colonizer for the post-colonial subject.  His critique of Soviet communism as “state capitalism” anticipated the emergence of China as a state-run free market, just as his fascination with the Haitian revolution theorized the inextricable connections between racialization and divide-and-conquer class politics that is a focus of the Black Lives Matter campaign.

What can CLR James tell us now?

The organizers invite proposals for presentations on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Can every cook govern? Revolutionary possibilities past and present
  • CLR James and “friends”: overlaps, influences, and influenced: Trotsky, Gramsci, Luxemburg, Hall, Spivak, Said, Davis, Padmore, Dunayevskaya, James and Grace Lee Boggs, and more
  • James and his “enemies”: conflict, opposition, surveillance, suppression
  • James at the margins, James at the center, James in the black Atlantic
  • Migration, diaspora, deportation, flight
  • James’s critique of state socialism, from the USSR to Cuba to the Chinese Communist Party
  • James and the “studies”: postcolonial, (post)marxist, transnational, gender, sexuality
  • Critiquing James

Please use this Survey Monkey link to submit abstracts (250 words maximum) for the conference by 15 May 2016.

For any questions or concerns about the symposium or call, please email Justin Rogers-Cooper at jrogers@lagcc.cuny.edu. Please help advertise and create discussion for the symposium using the social media hashtag #CLRJamesNOW

Cosponsored by the New York Metro American Studies Association (NYMASA) and the CUNY Institute for Research on the African Diaspora and Caribbean (IRADAC)

Art, Race, and Fluidity in Dominican Republic and Haiti

Tuesday, 12 April
2:30 to 8:00pm
Martin E. Segal Theatre
CUNY Graduate Center


This symposium explores the historical relationship of the Dominican Republic and Haiti and their diasporas, with a particular emphasis on migration, race, and the visual arts. Composed of visual artists, community members, performers, and scholars, the event addresses the past and present relationship of Haiti and the Dominican Republic from an anthropological, literary, and art historical perspective. Scholars and artists will explore the revision of Hispañola’s flawed historical narrative, which constructed Euro-Centric racial hierarchies in the early 20th century in the Dominican Republic.

The symposium will be composed of two panels, an art performance, and a discussion about the performance. The symposium will be followed by a reception in the Art History lounge.

Speakers include:

  • Edward J. Sullivan
  • Charo Oquet
  • Edouard Duval-Carrié
  • Herman Bennett
  • Diógenes Abreu
  • Jean-Marie Thédoat
  • Judy Sund
  • Scherezade Garcia
  • Tashima Thomas
  • Vladimir Cybil Charlier

Full program & registration details available here.

The symposium is convened by Abigail Lapin, Ph.D. Candidate in Art History, CUNY Graduate Center.

Cosponsored by the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC); Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC); the Doctoral Students’ Council; Dominican Studies Group, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Postcolonial Studies Group, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Feminist Studies Group, The Graduate Center, CUNY; and the PhD Program in Art History.


Above adapted from email announcement.

Image credit: Scherezade Garcia, Paisaje Compartido (Shared Landscape), 2012

Impunity, Responsibility and Citizenship – HAITI

A Colloquium organized by The Henri Peyre French Institute with the support of Fondasyon Konesans Ak Libète (FOKAL)

17 March 2016
City College Center for Worker Education
25 Broadway, 7th Floor
NY, NYC 10004


18 March 2016
The Segal Theatre at The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016 USA

Keynote Speakers: Etienne Tassin (Université Paris-Diderot) and William O’Neill (CPPF – Social Science Research Council)

All Events Free and Open to the Public (though Government-issued IDs required for building entrance)


Colloquium Program Continue reading Impunity, Responsibility and Citizenship – HAITI

Three NYC Women’s History Month events

Two programs and an exhibition in the NYC area will be honoring Caribbean women and culture. Full details on each event follow the short descriptions below.

3 -31 March 2016
St. Francis College – Callahan Center, 182 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Wednesday, 16 March 2016
6:00 – 8:30pm
160 Convent Ave – Shepard Hall Room 250, New York, NY 10031

Sunday, 20 MARCH 2016
4:00 – 8:00pm
St. Francis College, 182 Remsen street, Brooklyn, NY 11217



A group exhibition celebrating the creative duality of Writers as Visual Artists
3 -31 March 2016
St. Francis College – Callahan Center, 182 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Featured Artists

  • Jacqueline Bishop (Jamaica) – drawing
  • Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné (Trinidad & Tobago) – painting
  • Laura James (Antigua & Barbuda) – painting
  • Iyaba Mandingo (Antigua & Barbuda) – painting
  • Michèle Voltaire Marcelin (Haiti) – painting
  • Opal Palmer Adisa (Jamaica) – photography
  • Mervyn Taylor (Trinidad & Tobago) – masquerade

Curators: Loris Crawford, Savacou Gallery, and Ava Tomlinson


Wednesday, 16 March 2016
6:00 – 8:30pm
160 Convent Ave – Shepard Hall Room 250, New York, NY 10031

A panel discussion of women Caribbean writers. Featured writers:

  • Ifeona Fulani
  • Tiphanie Yanique
  • Dahlma Llanos Figueroa
  • Nicole Dennis -Benn
  • Simone A. James Alexander (moderator)

Register to attend here.


Sunday, 20 MARCH 2016
St. Francis College, 182 Remsen street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

4:30PM – Domestic Workers as Art and Literature
With novelists Victoria Brown (Minding Ben) and Nandi Keyi (The True Nanny Dairy) with painter Laura James.
Hosted by Stephanie A. Cunningham, Brooklyn Museum

6:00PM – Women Colouring Words
The fascinating, multiple influences on the work of poets and painters Jacqueline Bishop (The Gymnast and Other Positions), Michele Voltaire Marcelin (Amours et Bagatelles), and Opal Palmer-Adisa (I Name Me Name).
Hosted by Daniela Fifi, National Museum & Art Gallery

7:00pm: In Her Own Words
Open Mic session hosted by poet and painter, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo (“Sins of My Fathers”), and spoken word artist, Mercy L. Tullis-Bukhari (SMOKE)

Woman tings

ADM: $10
INFO: 718-783-8345 / info@caribbeantheatre.org

Afro-Digital Connections (CFP)

Afro-Digital Connections: Afro-Latino and Afro-Descendant Cultural Production in the Digital Age

An edited collection

CFP deadline: Abstracts due 1 May 2016

Editors: Eduard Arriaga and Andrés Villar (Western University, Ontario)

Two decades ago, scholars in fields such as communication and information studies questioned the way social relations would be adapted to the increasing importance of global digital networks and to the tools used for digital communication. Maizies (1999) has inquired whether universal access, if granted, to processes of communication and representation that incorporate other processes of production, distribution, and consumption within global digital networks will be negotiated or imposed. This issue remains current because of the ubiquity of paradigms such as those of Big-Data, Cultural Analytics, and the Digital Humanities. These paradigms are fuelled by the increasing importance of digital networks (for example, social networks, financial corporations, etc.) and the centrality of their users as sources of information.

In the Americas (North, Central and South) and the Caribbean, the issue becomes more nuanced due to the central role played by race and ethnicity in the construction of political and social relations that are reflected in people’s daily lives. Over the last two decades or so, the region has witnessed the emergence of ‘minority’ artists, activists, and organizations that take advantage of digital tools that are now more accessible: mobile technologies and social media tools increasingly allow these actors to supply their own images and self-representations. This edited book will explore the way Afro-Latin@, Afro-Latin American and Afro-Caribbean writers, artists, activists and organizations – NGO’s, grassroots communities, etc.- have adopted online digital tools and mobile technologies to create self-representations, question traditional images, and connect with communities around the globe that share similar ethno-social perspectives. This book also seeks to shed light on contemporary processes of memory creation, artistic representation, ethnic connection, digital cultural production and resistance/reparation in order to understand how ethnic communities -particularly Afro-descendant ones- are adapting these tools to their own cultural and political practices. To that end, we invite manuscripts that address Afro-Digital Connections topics including the following:

* African and Afro-descendant digital activism
* African and Afro-descendant digital art, digital performance, and digital literature
* Digital humanities and reparations for Afro-descendant communities
* Oral histories and digital archives
* Theoretical interventions exploring ethnicity/race and digital technologies
* Digital interventions that reconfigure African and Afro-descendant symbolic imaginaries.
* Critical perspectives on digital inclusion
* Digital actions against police brutality and government violence

Submission Guidelines: If interested, please submit proposals in Spanish, English or Portuguese (300-500 words) and (one-page) CVs to Eduard Arriaga (earriag@uwo.ca or earriaga@alumni.uwo.ca) or Andrés Villar (avillar2@uwo.ca) by 1 May 2016. When submitting your abstract, please use “Contribution Volume Afro-Digital Connections” as the subject line.


Above adapted from ASWAD email announcement.

Ebony Patterson and the Jamaican Sound System at MAD

The Museum of Art and Design (NYC) presents a series of events in conjunction with the Jamaican Sound System program and the Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Treez exhibition.

Installation View of Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Treez at the Museum of Arts and Design Photo: Butcher Walsh © Museum of Arts and Design
Installation View of Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Treez at the Museum of Arts and Design
Photo: Butcher Walsh © Museum of Arts and Design

The remaining events (as of this posting) are listed below. All events take place at:

The Museum of Arts and Design
Jerome And Simona Chazen Building / 2 Columbus Circle / New York, NY 10019
(212) 299-7777

The Harder They Come (film)
Friday, 4 March 2016
7:00 pm

Rockers (film)
Friday, 11 March 2016
7:00 pm

Socially Constructed: A Guided Hands-on Workshop Inspired by Ebony G. Patterson
Thursday, 17 March 2016
6:30 pm

Dancehall Queen (film)
Friday, 18 March 2016
7:00 pm

Krista Thompson on ‘Shine’ (book talk)
Thursday, 24 March 2016
7:00 pm

More details on the Jamaican Sound System program may be found here. More details on the Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Treez exhibition, which runs 10 November 2015 to 3 April 2016 may be found here.


Faculty Fellow in the field of Africana Studies

Applications due: 1 March 2016

The Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University invites applications for a Faculty Fellow position (non- tenure track) in the field of Africana Studies. This is a one-year teaching/postdoctoral position with a course load of 3 courses per year, and with possibility of renewal for up to three years. Candidate may hold a degree in any field, and must have completed the Ph.D. no earlier than August 2011. The Department of Social and Cultural Analysis houses undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Social and Cultural Analysis, Africana Studies, American Studies, Asian/Pacific/American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Latino Studies, and Metropolitan Studies. Our chief priorities are an intellectually exciting research agenda, and teaching that engages interdisciplinary themes attractive to undergraduates. Scholars whose work is comparative, transnational, or that focuses on the Caribbean, Africa, black Atlantic or Pacific worlds are especially encouraged to apply. The appointment will begin on 1 September 2016, pending budgetary and administrative approval.

Please send a letter of application, curriculum vita, writing sample, sample syllabus, and three letters of recommendation by 1 March 2016. To apply, see the NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis website http://sca.as.nyu.edu. Instructions can be found under the homepage link “Employment Opportunities.”

EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

All application materials must be submitted electronically:


Above adapted from website announcement.

Margins to Mainstream: US Latino/a Performance

Call for abstracts for MLA 2017 Proposed Special Session:

“Margins to Mainstream: US Latino/a Performance”

This proposed special session for the 2017 MLA Convention in Philadelphia will focus on the genre of US Latino/a performance, which can include performance poetry, drama, performance art, and/or film. Submissions that focus on mainstream productions (Broadway, Hollywood, and/or US Latino/a ethnic traditions) as well performances on the margins of these sites are encouraged. The panel will engage with issues of genre as well as questions of authenticity, sexuality, language, history, politics and the marketplace. Submit 250 word abstracts and 2-page CVs by 1 March 2016 to Elena Machado Sáez (e.machado@bucknell.edu). Participants must be MLA members by 7 April 2016.


Above adapted from emailed announcement.

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