Newsletter Editorial Team

Meagan SylvesterEditor:  Meagan Sylvester – Senior Lecturer, Sociologist, Author, Writer, Researcher

Meagan Sylvester is Senior Lecturer, Research which teaching responsibilities for Quantitative and Qualitative Research and Sociology at the Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies in Trinidad and Tobago. She also holds the portfolio of Adjunct Lecturer at The College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago where she lecturers Sociology, Gender Studies and the Sociology of Music.

To date she has twelve publications which are inclusive of journal articles and book chapters.  Her research topics of interest are Music and National Identity in Calypso and Soca, Music of Diasporic Carnivals, Narratives of Resistance in Calypso and Ragga Soca music, Steelpan and kaisoJazz musical identities and Music and Human Rights in the Americas.

Ms. Sylvester is the recipient of a Bachelors of Science (B.Sc.) in Sociology and Government and a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Relations. She also possesses a Masters of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Sociology of Development with a special emphasis in Research, Development and Political Economy of the Caribbean from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine and Mona campuses, respectively. She is in the penultimate phase of her dissertation in fulfillment of her pursuit of a Ph.D. in Sociology with special emphasis on Music and Identity in Trinidad and Tobago at her alma mater at the St. Augustine Campus.

Memberships in professional organizations include the Society for Ethnomusicology, the International Association of the Study for Popular Music, Caribbean Studies Association and the Association of Black Sociologists.

She is currently the Newsletter Editor of the Caribbean Studies Association and Member of the Editorial Board for the Commentaries Journal, Dutch Sint Maarten.

Email: newseditor@caribbeanstudiesassociation.org

Dana I. Muniz Pacheco Dana I. Muniz Pacheco – Spanish Sub-editor

Dana I. Muniz Pacheco is a Puerto Rican woman and PhD student in cultural anthropology at Temple University in Philadelphia. Her dissertation research examines human rights, access to education, and citizenship within marginalized and immigrant communities in the Dominican Republic. Before moving to the US, she earned her BA at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, with a major in Archaeology and Anthropology and a minor in Latin American and Caribbean History. As a Caribbean scholar formed in the social sciences and humanities, her research interests focus on the social, political and economic connections within Caribbean countries and their diasporas in the US, critical race theory, and migration and diasporic studies within and of the Caribbean. Beyond her doctoral research, she is documenting and curating a blog with oral histories, media, and photography from Puerto Rico after the hurricane Maria (2017) and how the diaspora experienced it, which she expects to open as a work-in-progress for collaborations from the people who want to tell their stories later this year. Her long-term goals include to work in higher education to increase inclusion and retention as well as access to education to marginalized and immigrant communities in the US and expanding her research to include different communities in the Caribbean. From her own experience in the diaspora, she hopes to bridge the gap for immigrants within conversations about minorities in the US. She is a passionate reader and writer.

Nicole SanchesNicole Sanches – Dutch Sub-editor

Nicole Sanches is a PhD-candidate in Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University. She earned her Masters in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam in 2012, with a thesis on the experiences and perspectives of local activists within a food deprived area of Brooklyn, New York City. She independently worked on ethnographic projects that explore perspectives on life and identity among rap artists in Amsterdam, and the future dreams of young athletes in challenging inner city neighborhoods.

Her current research project explores expressions of belonging in a time of educational changes, constitutional changes and a time where people’s political and cultural rights are strongly intertwined with ideas of national belonging. The research seeks to describe how young people from Sint Eustatius (Caribbean Netherlands) are ‘learning the nation,’ within the project of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Through this, it reflects on the relational aspect of human life found in and around spaces of education as it connects to questions of belonging and multiplicity. The fieldwork is multi-sited and builds on sensory and multi-medial methods to trace the educational trajectory of Statian students from primary school in the Caribbean Netherlands towards migration and settling in the European Netherlands. In this research she learns from and works together with Statian youth, on and off the island, to reflect on what it means to be young and Statian today, and tomorrow. Her research interests include citizenship, belonging, education, learning and migration.

Melissa Koeiman Melissa Koeiman – Papiamento/u Sub-editor

Melissa Koeiman is a Ph.D-Candidate at the Behavioural Science Institute of the Radboud University in The Netherlands. There she is executing a longitudinal study in the department of Learning and Plasticity. Her study is on the development of bilingualism, literacy and school success on the Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. In this study she looks at how the personal variation of the child in ‘reading to learn’ develops from grade 4 to grade 6 as the result of the instruction-order (Papiamentu to Dutch or Dutch to Papiamentu). She also looks at how the student,-family- and school characteristics influence the reading development of the child.

Melissa was born on Curacao in 1993. Sinds her young years she had an eye for differences between people and saw particular patterns in their behaviour. Because she wanted to understand this dynamic better she went on after highschool to study Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. Real soon she realized she has a passion for inequality and education. Ms. Koeiman finished her Bachelors of Science (B.Sc.) in Sociology with a focus on education, inequality and school success. She also possesses a Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Sociology and a Master’s degree (Ms.c.) in Educational Sciences.

Ms. Koeiman is aware of the powerful role that the education system plays in a society and she is also aware that it can be used very well to fight inequality. Following this statement, her research interests are in the area of: inequality, stratification, diversity in education, cultural capital, school success and the influence of the home environment on education.

Chenzira Davis KahinaChenzira Davis Kahina – Virgin Islander Sub-editor

Chenzira Davis Kahina is a cultural ethnographer, educator, artist, naturopathic therapist, and ordained priestess.  She completed studies in English, Education, Communications, Educational Technology, and Natural Health Counseling at Rutgers University (B.A.), Pepperdine University (M.S.), University of California San Diego (PhD Fellow), and the Natural Health Institute (Ph.D.) respectively.  Davis Kahina is an author of multiple essays, commentaries, and comprehensive multicultural projects inclusive of a poetry collection Listening to Ancestral Wisdom: Sacred Conch Shell Inspirations (2004).  She’s the co-founder of Per Ankh (House of Life)—an NGO with UN ECOSOC Special Consultative Status supporting Culture, Health, Arts, Technology and Education for Life, Inspiration, Freedom and Education (CHATS4LIFE©).  In addition to her Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) membership, Davis Kahina serves several international organizations as interim executive council representative of the Caribbean Pan African Network (CPAN); artistic director of Per Ankh Bamboula Drummers and Dancers; board representative of God’s House International (GHI); executive council member of the Global Breadfruit Heritage Council (GBHC); and others.  Chenzira Davis Kahina is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Communications and the director of the Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center (VICCC) within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI).

Hélène ZamorHélène Zamor – Martinician French Creole, French Sub-editor

Dr. Hélène Zamor was born in Martinique and moved to Barbados in 1993. She began her studies in Linguistics and earned her Bachelor of Arts in 1996. From to 1999 to 2001, she worked as a full-time research assistant in the Caribbean Multilingual Lexicography Project that was conducted by Dr. Jeannette Allsopp. In 1996, Miss Zamor enrolled in the Master’s programme in Applied Linguistics and graduated in 1999. However, her journey continued until 2008 when she obtained her Ph.D in Linguistics. Dr Zamor is currently a full-time lecturer in French in the Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature.

Keisha WielGraduate Student Representative: Keisha Wiel

Keisha Wiel is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Temple University with a concentration in linguistic anthropology. She holds a M.A. from the University of Central Florida in Anthropology as well as a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of North Florida. She received a Future Faculty Fellowship at Temple University, which allowed her to pursue her studies. Her research interests primarily focus on the socialization of language ideologies in education and how those ideologies are presented and performed on social media. Specifically, she researches how children are socialized into ideologies about Papiamento/u and Dutch in secondary education in Aruba and Curaçao and in turn observes how those ideologies get discussed, debated, and practiced on Facebook. Through this, she will examine how notions of identity are informed by these ideologies about language on the islands. Wiel has also served as the Vice President of the Anthropology Graduate Student Association at Temple and has been an active member of CSA since she first presented in Curaçao in 2011.

David Tenorio Scholarship in Sexualities: David Tenorio

David Tenorio is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese with DEs in Critical Theory, and Feminist Research and Theory. David holds a B.A. in Psychology and Hispanic Studies from York University, and an M.A. in Spanish Language   and Culture from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. David’s research examines the representation of queer futurity as portrayed by contemporary artists, performers, writers, and filmmakers from a comparative perspective that takes into account contemporary contexts of Mexico, Cuba, and their diasporas in the United States. By employing participatory video, digital ethnography, visual studies, and literary analysis, David surveys the contradictory sites which allow queer artists to produce cultural texts within a normative structure, creating networks of dissidence that oppose a social binary of homo/heterosexuality. He argues that queer renditions of utopia propose alternative forms of establishing intimacy, fostering belonging and creating inclusive spaces for citizenship to those dictated by normative heterosexual teleologies of progress. David has been involved in various digital humanities projects (http://sexualidadescampesinas.ucdavis.edu), and served as Managing Editor of UCD’s Interdisciplinary Journal on Latin American Studies, Brújula (http://brujula.ucdavis.edu). David has been the recipient of various grants and awards, including the Bejel-Gibbs Graduate Award, the Humanities Program Fellowship, the HArCS Dean’s Fellowship, the UC-CUBA Travel and Research Grant, the Mellon Public Scholar Fellowship, the Professor of the Future Program Fellowship, the UC-MEXUS Research Grant, and the University of Miami’s Cuban Heritage Collection Conference Award. In September 2018, David will join the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures as Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Pittsburgh.     

Email: dtenoriog@ucdavis.edu

Research interests: Gender and Sexuality Studies, Queer & Affect Theory, Latin American Studies, Contemporary Cuban and Mexican Cultural Production, Cultural Studies, Digital Humanities, Community-Engaged Scholarship.