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Catalina Toro PérezPresident: 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: president@caribbeanstudiesassociation.org

Tavis Jules

Vice President: Tavis D. Jules

Tavis D. Jules is an Associate Professor Cultural and Educational Policy Studies at Loyola University Chicago, specifically focusing on Comparative and International Education and International Higher Education. His vast professional and academic experiences have led to research and publications across the Caribbean on regionalism and governance, transitory spaces, and policy challenges in small island developing states (SIDS). He is Book Review Editor for the Caribbean Journal of International Relations and Board Member of the Caribbean Journal of Educaion.He has also authored and edited numerous books including Neither world polity nor local or national societies: Regionalization in the Global South – the Caribbean Community (Peter Lang Press, 2012); The New Global Educational Policy Environment in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Gated, Regulated and Governed (Emerald Publishing, 2016); and Re-Reading Education Policy and Practice in Small States: Issues of Size and Scale in the Emerging Intelligent Society and Economy (with Patrick Ressler, Peter Lang Press, 2017).

E-mail: vice.president@caribbeanstudiesassociation.org

Yolanda Wood

Immediate Past 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: yolawood@gmail.com

Raquel SanmiguelCSA Program Chair, 44th Conference, 2019: Raquel Sanmiguel

Associate Professor of Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Caribbean Headquarters, where she is currently Director of its Institute of Caribbean Studies and of the MA on Caribbean Studies. She holds a PhD in Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies, State University of New York at Albany (SUNY at Albany), 2012; a MA in Management of Education, University of Bath, England -joint degree with Alicante University, Spain; a Bachelor in Specialized Translation, Spanish-English-French. Université Paris VIII, Paris; and, a Bachelor in Education, Modern Languages (English-French), Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia.

Her academic interests lie on the relationship between education, language and culture, which she addresses from research and articulates to teaching.

Her publications relate to her doctoral thesis and her research projects. Amongst them, in their original language: “Resistencia Creole y formación ideológica en el Caribe occidental: historias comunes de los sistemas educativos nacionales”, in: Raúl Román y David Díaz Arias (comp.) Los países centroamericanos y Colombia. Historia, relaciones y desencuentros con el Gran Caribe (in print). Together with Luz Amparo Sanabria James and Monique Schoch, “Retos de la educación intercultural trilingüe en el contexto de una isla oceánica en el Caribe colombiano: caso San Andrés Isla” (in print). “Las lenguas en la educación: aportes de una política lingüística para el Archipiélago de San Andrés, Providencia y Santa Catalina” (2014); “The Current Linguistic Situation of San Andrés from an Educational and Cultural Perspective”, in Regional Footprints. The Travels and Travails of Early Caribbean Migrants. UNESCO – University of the West Indies, Jamaica (2006); y “Educación, Lengua y Cultura en la Isla de San Andrés. Cuadernos del Caribe No. 8 (2006) (editor and author).

E-mail: program.chair@caribbeanstudiesassociation.org

Mala JokhanSecretary: Mala Jokhan

Mala Jokhan is the Research Specialist with the International Co-operation Desk, Ministry of Health, Trinidad and Tobago, and 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. Specializing in migration, family, childhood and cultural studies, she volunteers as a Research Associate in the Rights of Children and Youth Partnership (RCYP) Project: Immigration Dynamics (Caribbean-Canadian Immigration); a Ryerson University and UWI, Mona and St. Augustine collaboration. With a special interest in Caribbean scholarship, she is a member of the Society for Caribbean Studies (SCS), the  Executive Council of the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) in the position of CSA Secretariat (SALISES, UWI, St. Augustine) and also serves on the Examination Committee of the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) as an Assistant Chief Examiner of Sociology for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). She holds a PhD in Social Policy from the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), UWI, St. Augustine. Her research interests mainly include transnational migration and globalization; unemployment, poverty and social wellbeing; childhood and youth; family and caregiving; children of migrants; public healthcare for migrants; migration of healthcare professionals; migration and the spread of communicable diseases; 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

Myriam Moise Myriam Moise

Myriam Moïse is an Associate Professor of English at Université des Antilles in Martinique, and a permanent researcher at the Laboratoire Caribéen de Sciences Sociales, CNRS-UMR 8053. She holds a Doctorate from Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle and a PhD Literatures in English from University of the West Indies St Augustine. She is a member of ACWWS (Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars) and of SAES (Société des Anglicistes de l’Enseignement Supérieur) in France. Her research fields include Postcolonial studies, Gender studies, Diaspora Studies and Discourse Analysis, with a special focus on the literary and artistic production by women of the African Caribbean Diaspora in North America. She has published a number of book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, among which Commonwealth Essays and Studies, PoCoPages, Vertigo and Routledge Atlantic Studies. She is currently a 2018 Fulbright finalist and is engaged in various research activities in the Caribbean and the Americas, including a Partner University Fund Project with Louisiana State University on the representation of slavery by contemporary artists and writers across the French Caribbean and Louisiana.

Email: myriam_moise@hotmail.com

Meagan SylvesterEditor, Newsletter: Meagan Sylvester

Meagan Sylvester is a published author of over fifteen book chapters and journal articles and is a well known public academic in her native Trinidad and Tobago where she uses both traditional (television, print and radio) and social media platforms to engage discussions on the Calypso and Soca musical artforms.  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, Gender and Identity in Calypso and Soca music and Music and Human Rights in the Americas. In pursuit of fulfilling her academic goals, she has presented academic papers and hosted scholarly workshops in several spaces across the globe including Europe, Latin America, South America, the United States and numerous islands in the Caribbean.

She has recently completed a Ph.D. in the Sociology of Music at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago and holds memberships in international professional organizations which include the Society for Ethnomusicology, the International Association of the Study for Popular Music, Caribbean Studies Association and the Association of Black Sociologists.

Locally, she is a board member of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation – TUCO and is the Chair of the Education and Research Committee. Regionally, she is an Executive board member of the Caribbean Studies Association – CSA. She holds two positions on the CSA board, namely Chair, Newsletter Committee and Co-Chair of the Digital Media Network Committee.

As part of her professional development portfolio, she is a Music Sociologist with a consultancy practice in which she provides her clients with insight into the sociological framing of Trinbagonian society using the lens of Calypso and Soca as the main units of analysis.

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