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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

Vilma DíazVilma Diaz – Spanish Sub-editor

Professor of American History and History of the Caribbean
University of Havana, Cuba

Vilma Díaz Cabrera is Assistant Professor of Latin American and Caribbean History at the University of Havana. Masters in Contemporary History and International Relations (2007) and Caribbean Studies (2011) with the thesis The Cuban community in Santo Domingo (1868-1898). Researcher of Centro de Estudios del Caribe, Casa de las Américas. Among the major projects currently heads are: independence Itineraries in the insular Caribbean and Cuban community in the intra-Caribbean migration circuit. Coordinator website: www.encaribe.org. Her most recent publications are Main Critical Thinking Latin American and Caribbean, Editions Earth, Ecuador, 2013; The Cuban revolutionary cycle in Caribbean historiography, a preliminary study. In: Milagros Martinez and Jacqueline Laguardia (comp.) Caribbean 50 years of the Cuban Revolution. Social Sciences Publishing House, Havana, 2011 and History of the Caribbean. Editorial Felix Varela, La Habana, 2014.

Jordi HalfmanJordi Halfman – Dutch Sub-editor

Jordi Halfman is a cultural anthropologist who obtained both her bachelor and master’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Amsterdam in 2012 and 2013. In the fall of 2014 she started her PhD-journey at that same university, a place she soon exchanged to go and do fieldwork on the island Saint Martin. On the island she draws together her interest in co-existence, equity and creativity with her love for and experience in working with children and youth.

Her current work aims at learning from the rich imaginations of children in relation to the complicated issues of (national) belonging. In earlier work she used sound and theatre to research and communicate the ethics of the street learned from street-soccer players in the Netherlands. In order to work with children she now fine-tunes these methods to learn from and expand the reach of the imaginations of the girls and boys of Saint Martin.

Chenzira Davis KahinaChenzira Davis Kahina – Danish-American-Caribbean Perspective 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).

Gregory RichardsonGregory Richardson – Papiamentu Sub-editor

Gregory Richardson is a lecturer and researcher at the Instituto Pedagogico Arubano (IPA) in Aruba and is also a guest lecturer at the University of Aruba. He has several publications to his name including a book on the Aruban town of San Nicolas, called Sibling Voices of Sunrise City as well as a publication on Aruban Calypso, entitled Calypso Music and Resistance in Aruba. Furthermore, he has also collaborated with Dutch Caribbean film producer Sharelly Emanuelson to produce a film documentary in 2015 entitled Mighty Lords, Kings and Queens: Calypso and the politics of recognition. Other areas of research include, general Latin American and Caribbean studies, sociolinguistics and education. The author has a M.Sc degree in Latin American and Caribbean studies from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and is currently pursuing a PhD from the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam.

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.

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.