Author Archives: Teanu Reid

Postdoctoral Scholar in Puerto Rican Migration

Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida is seeking applications for a postdoctoral scholar to study Puerto Rican migration. Preference will be given to those who have experience studying Puerto Rican or Latino populations in the state of Florida and experience with qualitative methods as well as survey research.

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Journal of West Indian Literature Special Issue on Marlon James

CFP Deadline: 31 July 2018

The Journal of West Indian Literature announces the November 2018 Special Issue dedicated to the work of Marlon James. From his first novel, John Crow’s Devil, that engages queer sexual identity, religious dogmatism and violence, through his outstanding second novel, The Book of Night Women, that focuses on slavery, racial hegemony and female agency, to The Brief History of Seven Killings, which looks at the political upheaval of the 1970s, transnational crime and popular culture, James has created dramatic renditions of Jamaican history. While all of his novels have been well-received, his literary profile has exploded since he won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Brief History.

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Walter Rodney’s Russian Revolution

7:00pm – 9:00pm
24 May 2018
Verso Books
20 Jay St, Suite 1010
Brooklyn, New York 11201

In his short life, Guyanese intellectual Walter Rodney emerged as one of the foremost thinkers and activists of the anti colonial revolution, leading movements in North America, Africa, and the Caribbean, Wherever he was, Rodney was a lighting rod for working-class Black Power organizing. His deportation sparked Jamaica’s Rodney Riots in 1968, and his scholarship trained a generation how to approach politics on an international scale. In 1980, shortly after founding the Working People’s Alliance in Guyana, the thirty-eight-year-old Rodney was assassinated.

“Walter Rodney’s The Russian Revolution” collects surviving texts from a series of lectures he delivered at the University of Dar Es Salaam, an intellectual hub of the independent Third World. It had been his intention to work these into a book, a goal completed posthumously with the editorial aid of Robin D. G. Kelley and Jesse Benjamin. Moving across the historiography of the long Russian Revolution with clarity and insight, Rodney transcends the ideological fault lines of the Cold War. Surveying a board range of subjects – the Narodniks, social democracy, the October Revolution, civil war, and the challenges of Stalinism–Rodney articulates a distinct viewpoint from the Third World, one that grounds revolutionary theory and history with the people in motion.

Above text adapted from webpage.

A Mouth is Always Muzzled | Book Signing & Talk with Natalie Hopkinson

6:00pm – 8:00pm
22 May 2018
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
120 East 125th Street
New York, NY 10035
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In the spirit of John Berger and Bell Hooks, former Washington Post journalist and current Howard University professor Natalie Hopkinson meditates on art as protest and the role of beauty in politically perilous times in A MOUTH IS ALWAYS MUZZLED: Six Dissidents, Five Continents, and the Art of Resistance. Ms. Hopkinson will be in conversation with curator, scholar, and professor Grace Ali about her newly released book. Books will be available for purchase.

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The Caribbean Digital V

6th to 7th December 2018
University of the West Indies
St. Augustine, 
Trinidad and Tobago

CFP Deadline: 15 June 2018

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Beginning in 2014, The Caribbean Digital has sought to create a generative, multidisciplinary space within which to engage critically with the digital as practice and as historicized societal phenomenon, reflecting on the challenges and opportunities presented by the media technologies that evermore intensely reconfigure the social and geo-political contours of the Caribbean and its diasporas. We are thrilled, in the fifth iteration of this gathering, to site these conversations in the physical space of the region via our collaboration with Dr. Kevin Adonis Browne and the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.

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37th Annual West Indian Literature Conference *Deadline Extended

3rd to 6th October 2018
Miami, Florida

CFP Deadline: 1 June 2018

This year’s conference recognizes the vast routes/roots that link the Caribbean to the hemisphere and the globe. As many writers and literary scholars have noted, the immense bodies of water that appear to isolate belie the currents that intimately connect, and at times, destroy shelter, lands, and peoples. Deploying Arjun Appadurai’s concept of “scapes” that work to enable the exchange of ideas and information, we hope to engage a breadth of issues relevant to Caribbeanists in the region and its diasporas. Throughout the conference our aim will be to explore the intersections between disciplinary approaches to problems that are borne out of the shifting tides of globalization and cultural expression.

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Postdoctoral Scholar in Black Studies

Application Deadline: 15 June 2018

The Center for Black Studies Research at the University of California Santa Barbara seeks applications for a postdoctoral fellowship on research related to Black Studies, African diaspora, Haitian studies, social movements, engaged scholarship, or urban studies. 25% of the fellowship is devoted to developing the Center’s programs and mentoring undergraduate research. The fellowship will provide salary based on the candidate’s qualifications. Research and travel allowance, and health insurance will be provided. 12-month position to begin August 2018, with possibility of 2nd year, upon evaluation. The Center is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research and service.

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‘Seamed by its own bitter juice’: Voice, Visibility, Literacies – Diasporic Dialogues’ Conference

19th to 20th June 2018
London, UK

CFP Deadline: 20 April 2018

The Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies (CCDS), in collaboration with the Eccles Centre at the British Library, is hosting its third ‘Diasporic Dialogues’ conference on 19th – 20th June, 2018. The conference will be held at the Knowledge Centre, British Library, London, UK. The deadline for panel and paper proposals is 20 April 2018.

Confirmed Keynote: Professor Robert F. Reid-Pharr, City University of New York

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The Past is NOT Our Future: A new documentary film about Walter Rodney’s university years in Jamaica

6:00pm – 8:00pm
25 April 2018
Wolff Conference Room – Room D1103
Albert and Vera List Academic Center, The New School

The Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs (SGIPA) presents a public screening of ‘The Past is NOT Our Future’, a new documentary film about Walter Rodney’s university years in Jamaica.

View the Trailer:

Director Matthew Smith will be present. Matthew Smith is Chair of the Department of History & Archaeology, the University of West Indies, Mona Campus and the author of ‘Liberty, Fraternity, Exile: Haiti and Jamaica After Emancipation’ (2014), and ‘Red and Black in Haiti: Radicalism, Conflict, and Political Change, 1934-1957’ (2009).

Above image and text adapted from webpage.

Frontiers of Debt in the Caribbean and Afro-America Conference

5:00pm – 5:30pm
19th to 20th April 2018
Columbia University

Frontiers of Debt in the Caribbean and Afro-America brings together scholars, journalists, activists, and artists from across these two regions in order to interrogate their contemporary re-emergence as sites of new forms of capital extraction and opposition to debt regimes. The two-day event is comprised of an art exhibit and a conference.

The art exhibit, entitled Puerto Rico Under Water: Five Artist Perspectives on Debt will be housed in the Gallery at the Columbia University Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (420 Hamilton Hall) and will open with a reception at 5pm on April 19.

The conference itself will take place between 10am and 5:30pm on April 20 at the Columbia University Law School (Jerome Green Building, Room 102).

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2018 Henry L. Gates Jr. Annual Lecture

26 April 2018
Whitney Humanities Center
Yale University

David Scott is Professor and Chair of the Anthropology Department at Columbia University. His work is concerned with the reconceptualization of the way we think the story of the colonial past for the postcolonial present. He is the author of Omens of Adversity: Tragedy, Time, Memory, Justice (2014) and Stuart Hall’s Voice: Intimations of an Ethics of Receptive Generosity (2017). Professor Scott is currently working on a biography of Stuart Hall, as well as a study of slavery, evil, and repair. He is editor of Small Axe, a journal of criticism, and director of the Small Axe Project, which is involved in a number of special initiatives around visual, translation, literary, and historiographical issues.

Above text and image adapted from email.

Opening Reception of “Isla imaginaria”

6:00pm – 9:00pm
19 April 2018
Pfizer Building
630 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206

From April 19 – May 4, 2018, MA Curatorial Practice is pleased to present Isla Imaginaria, an exhibition curated by Natalia Viera Salgado, and featuring works by Sofía Gallisá, Lionel Cruet, Karlo Andrei Ibarra, Christopher Gregory, Natalia Lassalle-Morillo, Erika P. Rodríguez, and Edra Soto.

To schedule an appointment to view the exhibition, please contact Natalia Viera Salgado at

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Book Launch: The English Translation of Frantz Fanon’s “Alienation and Freedom”

16 April 2018
19 Washington Square North, Events Space
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You are cordially invited to celebrate the launch of the English translation of Franz Fanon’s Alienation and Freedom, edited by Jean Khalfa and Robert JC Young, translated by Steven Corcoran and published by Bloomsbury Press. The first collection of new writings by Frantz Fanon to be published in over 50 years, the book contains two previously unpublished plays, the bulk of Fanon’s psychiatric writings including his editorials for his hospital journal, additional political writings, letters and a complete annotated bibliography of Fanon’s library.

Join the editors for a panel discussion on the significance of this new work by Fanon with Emily Apter (NYU), Ato Quayson (NYU), Bruce Robbins (Columbia University)and Toral Gajarawala (NYU).

Refreshments witll be served. Hosted by Bloomsbury Press and NYU Abu Dhabi.

Above text and image adapted from email.