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Yolanda Wood

President: Yolanda Wood

PhD en Art History and Principal Consultant in Art History at the Faculty of Arts and Literature of the University of Havana, Cuba. Member of the University since 1974.

In 1985 she founded the Chair of Caribbean Art History and introduced the study of Caribbean arts into the undergraduate curriculum, the Masters in Art History and into the Master in Caribbean studies, organized by the Chair of Caribbean Studies at the University of Havana. Dr. Wood Pujols is visiting professor at UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) in the Graduate program in Art History, and in the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature; and she also lectures in the undergraduate and graduate programs at the Universidad Iberoamericana (Ibero American University). Dr. Wood directs thesis and research groups relating to these study programs.

Dr. Wood has held the posts of Head of Department of Art History, Vice-Dean of Teaching and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Literature at the University of Havana; as well as Vice Dean for the Instituto Superior de Arte de Cuba (Cuban Higher Institute for Art).  Dr. Wood was Cultural Ambassador for Cuba in France (2001-2006), and Director of the Centre for Caribbean Studies at Casa de las Americas, and of its journal Anales del Caribe, from 2000 to 2016.

Dr. Wood’s scientific experience is proven in many books and specialist articles, as well as in catalogues of Caribbean authors and book-catalogues for international exhibitions.  Some recent publications include: Islas del Caribe: naturaleza-arte-sociedad (Editorial UH y CLACSO, 2012); “La educación y la cultura, caminos para la integración caribeña”, in Historia comparada de las Américas. Perspectivas de la integración cultural. (Liliana Weinberg (Coordinadora) CIAL- UNAM, México 2016); “Artistas del Caribe hispano: visiones críticas de ciudadanía e identidad” in Arte y   política de identidad. Universidad de Murcia. 2015); “José Martí: imaginario cultural antillano, caribeño y nuestroamericano” in Cuadernos Americanos (México 2015); “Revistas y trayectorias culturales en el Caribe” in Small Axe, (Duke University Press, 2016).

Dr. Wood has been the recipient of study grants awarded by the Institute for Research in Aesthetics, UNAM (Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas de la UNAM), México, 1982; the University of Georgetown, British Guiana, 1984; the Archive of the Indies, Seville, 1986;  the Centre for Puerto Rican Studies, CUNY, New York, 1995; and the  Extraordinary Chair “Jose Martí”, CIALC-UNAM 2014-2015. She has been invited speaker for numerous academic institutions in American ad Europe, and has actively taken part in events in her field.

Dr. Wood was advisor on artistic education to the Ministry of Culture in Haiti, and is a member of the Scientific Council for Volume IX of the History of Africa, UNESCO, and of the Cuban Chapter of the International Association of Art Critics. Dr. Wood has received scientific recognition from the Cuban Academy of Science and the University of Havana. She holds the Distinction for Cuban Education and Culture. She was awarded the Asdi-Senior Grant by CLACSO, in 2009, the National Award for Artistic and Literary Criticism, in 2013, and the Medal of the Knight’s Order for Arts and Literature, France, in 2017.

E-mail: president@caribbeanstudiesassociation.org

Catalina Toro PérezVice President: Catalina Toro Pérez

Associate Professor in the Department of Political Sciences at the School of Law, Political and Social Sciences, National University of Colombia. Dr. Toro Pérez holds a PhD in Political Science from the Institute of Political Studies, Paris, France. Dr. Toro Pérez leads the Group on The Political Economy of Extravism in Latin America and the Caribbean (CLACSO, Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales, 2013-2016; 2016-2019).  She is a member of the Caribbean Studies Association since 2014. Director of the Department of Political Sciences and of the Curriculum Area of Political Sciences (2014-2016). Dr. Toro Pérez was Director of the Graduate program (Masters) in Bio-Sciences and Law (2010-2013) and has directed the Research Group on Law and Political Environment since 2008 (School of Law, Political and Social Sciences, National University of Colombia).  Member of the Seeds Group, since 2008.

Recent Publications:

  • Alimonda, H, Toro Pérez, C, Martin, F, (CLACSO, 2017). Editor and co-author), Vol. 1. Ecología Política Latinoamericana. Pensamiento crítico, diferencia rearticulación epistémica latinoamericana and Vol. II Pensamiento crítico y horizontes emancipatorios en clave sur;
  • “La Mosquitia: Última Frontera Imperial? Neo-colonialismo y Neo-extractivismo petrolero y minero en el mundo Afro-Caribe” in Alimonda, H, et al. (CLACSO, 2017). Ecología Política Latinoamericana. Vol. II.;
  • “Presentación” in Revista de Ciencia Política, ( 11, Núm. 21 (2016) Ecología política del extractivismo: escenarios socio-territoriales y rurales de la lucha ambiental latinoamericana. Universidad Nacional de Colombia;
  • “La Geopolítica del extractivismo marino en el Caribe Occidental. Cambio Climático, el proceso de autodeterminación de los pueblos y el futuro del Área Marina Protegida de la Reserva de la Biósfera “Seaflower” in Revista Semillas, 2015.
  • Editor and co-author of the following books: Ecología Política de la Bioseguridad en América Latina (Toro Pérez, 2014), Minería Territorio y Conflicto en Colombia, (UNIJUS 2013.
  • Toro Pérez is currently editing a 2-volume edition on Latin American political ecology for CLACSO.

E-mail: vice.president@caribbeanstudiesassociation.org

Keithley Woolward

Immediate Past CSA President: Keithley Woolward

Keithley Woolward is an Advanced Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of The Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas. Woolward also served as Director of Graduate programmes (Interim) during the College’s transition to University status.

Originally from Nevis (St. Kitts-Nevis) Woolward has travelled, lived and studied in the United States and France eventually earning a Ph.D. in French and Francophone Studies from New York University (2008) specializing in the Literary and Cultural Traditions of the Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean as well as Comparative Postcolonial Studies. He has published articles and presented research on French Caribbean, Haitian and African American writers (living in France), Frantz Fanon, and Caribbean Theatre. His most recent article “Queering the line: Challenging Gender in Myriam Chancy’s Spirit of Haiti” appeared in a special issue of Caribbean Quarterly: “Masculinities in Caribbean Literature and Culture” (2014). He is co-editor of a forthcoming special issue of Caribbean Quarterly on Caribbean Theater (2017). He is also completing a book tentatively titled Frantz Fanon Dramaturge. This is the first book length study to engage with and attempt to deliver the argument clamoring to be made in and through Fanon’s commitment to drama and the dramatic poetics of decolonization offering fresh insight into the ways in which drama and dramaturgy influenced Fanon’s theories from Black Skin, White Masks to the Wretched of the Earth.

Woolward first joined the CSA as an undergraduate presenter (chaired by longtime CSA member Joseph Dorsey) at the annual conference in Panama City, Panama in 1998. Most recently he served as Program Co-Chair with Karen Flynn for CSA’s 40th annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana and Vice-President 2015-2016.

Active in the art, theater and culture community of The Bahamas, Woolward has curated and staged the performance installation piece “Haitianize” for the Seventh National Exhibition: Antillean‐An Ecology at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (2014) as well as “Haitianize(d)ictionary”: A visual documentation Project was exhibited during Transforming Spaces at the D’Aguilar Art Foundation (2015).

Email: kpwcsa2015@gmail.com

 Gabriela Ramos RuizCSA Program Chair, 43rd Conference, 2018: Gabriela Ramos Ruiz

Degree in Art History, University of Havana. She is a professor at the Department of Theoretical and Social Studies of Culture, at the Faculty of Arts and Letters of the University of Havana. Between 2013 and 2015 she was part of the Interdisciplinary Program of Caribbean Postgraduate Studies, at the Caribbean Studies Center of the Casa de las Américas.

As part of her postgraduate studies, she has attended courses on postmodern audiovisual reception, Latino-Caribbean people in the United States, gender and society, history and sociology of twentieth century intellectuals and imaginaries of the city in Latin America. She has been a member of the Organizing Committee of the International Colloquium Cultural Diversity in the Caribbean for its last two editions, of International Seminars and of the Caribbean Social Thought Cycle Ser boricuaTo Be Boricua), all hosted by the Casa de las Américas, in Havana.

She has participated in national and international events inside and outside Cuba, aligned with her research themes, focused on studies of Caribbean imaginaries through diverse cultural expressions, as well as with the ethics of artistic engagement in conflict situations. The foremost subject of her publications are contemporary Cuban and Caribbean art. Currently her PhD research looks at the artistic practices that were able to forge an imaginary of resistance to United States military interventions in the Caribbean.

E-mail: program.chair@caribbeanstudiesassociation.org

Mala JokhanSecretary: Mala Jokhan

Mala Jokhan teaches in the Sociology (undergraduate) and Child, Adolescent and Youth Studies (graduate) Programs at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Open Campus, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. She is a research associate on the Rights of Children and Youth Partnership (RCYP) Project: Immigration Dynamics (Caribbean-Canadian Immigration); a Ryerson University and UWI, Mona and St. Augustine, collaboration. She also serves on the examining committee of the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) as an Assistant Chief Examiner of Sociology for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). She is a member of the Society for Caribbean Studies (SCS) and also serves on the Executive Council of the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) in the position of CSA Secretariat (based at SALISES, UWI, St. Augustine). She holds a Ph.D. in Social Policy with a specialization in migration, family, childhood and cultural studies from the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), UWI, St. Augustine. Her research interests include transnational migration and globalization; unemployment, poverty and social wellbeing; childhood and youth; family and caregiving; children of migrants; immigrant youth (identity and adaptation); Caribbean ethnicity and culture; Caribbean diaspora; environmental migrants; immigration policies, parent-child separation and reunification; human trafficking; anti-trafficking policy development and interventions; social policy formulation and reform.

Email: secretariat@caribbeanstudiesassociation.org

Dwaine PlazaTreasurer: Dwaine Plaza

Dwaine Plaza is the Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University. He is a Professor of Sociology in the School of Public Policy. In 2014/2015 he served as the President of the Caribbean Studies Association and led the conference to Merida Mexico. He has been at Oregon State University for twenty years and teaches a wide slate of classes both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His teaching includes: Race and Ethnic Relations, Globalization, Social Justice, Cross Cultural Issues, Applied Research Methods, International study abroad, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods. He has written extensively on the topic of Caribbean migration within the international diaspora, gender and STEM education, critical pedagogy, research methods, and ethnic relations in Canada and the United States.

Email: treasurer@caribbeanstudiesassociation.org


Beverly BainBeverly Bain

Beverly Bain teaches in Women and Gender Studies in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga.  She has been teaching in the university environment for the past 20 years.  She currently teaches and researches in the area of Caribbean and black queer diasporic sexualities, sexual assault and violence against women, gender, colonialism, transnationalism and anti-capitalism.

Dr. Bain maintains a strong connection to feminist and queer anti-racist antiviolence activism and teaching in Canada and the Caribbean. As a black queer anti-racist, anti-violence and anti-capitalist feminist activist for over 30 years, she has led feminist and anti-violence organizations in Canada, facilitated feminist, anti-violence and anti-homophobia/anti-transphobia workshops in Canada and in the Caribbean. She has facilitated queer sexuality and feminist courses and workshops at the Caribbean Institute in Gender and Development, UWI-Cave Hill and at the Caribbean Women and Sexual Diversity Conferences in the Caribbean for the past 5 years.

Some of her most recent publications include“ Fire Passion and Politics The Creation of Blockorama as Black Queer Diasporic Space in the Toronto Pride Festivities” in We Still Demand: Redefining Resistance in Sex and Gender Studies. Editors Patrizia Gentile, Gary Kinsman and L. Pauline Rankin, 2016, “Uncovering Conceptual Practices: Bringing into Lived Consciousness Feminists Activities on the Toronto Police Services Sexual Assault Audit “ Canadian Women Studies (2010), “A New Chapter in Feminist Organizing: The Sexual Assault Audit Committee” Canadian Woman Studies with Jane Doe and Amanda Dale (2010

Dr. Bain was the recipient of the Sociology Department of Laurentian University teaching Award for Excellence in teaching – in 2012 and the recipient of the Steinert and Ferreiro – Community One Foundation Award of Excellence for teaching and activism in the LGBTQ of Colour Communities in Toronto in 2005.

Email: beverly.bain@utoronto.ca

Michael BarnettMichael Barnett

Dr. Michael Barnett, presently a senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work is a longstanding member of CSA. He first presented at the Antigua conference in 1998, and has attended consistently ever since with only two absences (corresponding to the year 2000 and 2004).

He has presented primarily on Rastafari which is his main focus of research in the area of Caribbean Studies. His other areas of focus in the arena of Caribbean Studies are Race and Ethnicity in the Caribbean as well as Notions of Beauty amongst Black Communities in the Caribbean.

Of note is that Dr. Barnett proposed, chaired and organized panels on Rastafari for CSA from 2010 till 2013 inclusive. For this calendar year (2015) he was the co-organizer for the Rastafari Panels that have been proposed, along with Professor Ennis Edmonds.

Email: barnett37@hotmail.com

Samuel Furé DavisSamuel Furé Davis

Dr. Furé Davis teaches courses in English language, Anglophone Caribbean and diasporic literatures, English-Spanish translation, Caribbean Popular Culture and Cultural Theory in the School of Foreign Languages at the University of Havana.  Prior to his present post, Professor Furé Davis taught Spanish language and translation at the University of Ghana, and the Ghana Institute of Languages in Accra, Ghana.  A very active member of the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) for the past 17 years, Professor Furé Davis was the winner of the “Pinos Nuevos” Prize in 2000 for his essay Cantos de Resistencia. He has written and published numerous articles and papers about Rastafari, reggae, Cuban racial issues, Caribbean-Canadian poetry among other themes; his publications have appeared in Cuban, Caribbean, U.S., and European journals. His most recent book, La Cultura Rastafari en Cuba, (Editorial Oriente, 2011) was awarded the Catauro Cubano prize by the “Fernando Ortiz” Foundation.  Moreover, his recent research interests have led him to conduct research on the intellectual tradition of the region, including Marcus Garvey, on Cuba’s popular consciousness and migration-determined family narratives, among other aspects.
Email: psfure@flex.uh.cu

Mamyrah ProsperMamyrah Prosper

Dr. Prosper recently received her Ph.D. in Global & Sociocultural Studies with a concentration in Cultural Anthropology as well as graduate certificates in African & African Diaspora Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies from Florida International University. She also holds an M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University as well as a B.A. in Political Science and Africana Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on social movements in Latin America and the Caribbean. More specifically, her doctoral work centered on a coalition of social movement organizations calling for an end to the ongoing “Occupation” of Haiti. Prosper has served as an organizer with land and housing rights organizations Take Back the Land and Haitian Women in Miami (FANM) in the U.S. She has also served as a sub-editor on the CSA Newsletter Editing Team as well as the Coordinator of the Journal of the Bureau of Ethnology of Haiti. Presently, she is developing a book project that explores the body politics that shape citizenship and national belonging in Spanish-speaking Latin America and the Caribbean through an examination of their constitutions and special laws for the exclusion or inclusion of Afrodescendant people.

Meagan SylvesterEditor, Newsletter: Meagan Sylvester

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

Keisha WielGraduate Student RepresentativeKeisha 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.

Email: gradstudentrep@caribbeanstudiesassociation.org