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Yolanda Wood

President: Yolanda Wood

Yolanda Wood lives in Cuba and currently teaches art at the University of Havana, where she founded the History of Caribbean Art programme, and has also taught in several other Caribbean countries (Mexico, Jamaica, Haiti, Martinique, etc.). Yolanda has also held the positions of Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Literature at the University of Havana, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Cuban University of Arts and Cultural Attaché at the Cuban Embassy in Paris. Highly active in cultural circles, she attends a great many national and international symposia and other events on the theme of Caribbean identity. Yolanda Wood specializes in the analysis of contemporary Caribbean literature and art. Moreover, she has penned diverse publications, particularly on the theme of art, in addition to contributing to several newspapers such as Lettres de Cuba. She has also written a wide range of texts for exhibition catalogues on Caribbean artists. Yolanda was the Director of the Center of Caribbean Studies in Casa de las Americas ( 2006-2016). She has also contributed to some collective publications, including Art public, une collection d’art contemporain en Guadeloupe and, in 2012, Caribbean: Art at the Crossroads of the World.

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, París, 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).  She is a member of the Caribbean Studies Association since 2014. Dr. Toro Pérez was Director of the Graduate program (Masters) in BioScience 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:

“La Ecología Política del Extractivismo: Una nueva agenda teórico – política de las ciencias sociales en América Latina?” Journal Article; “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. Dr. Toro Pérez edited and is 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).  She is currently editing 2 volumes 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

Mala JokhanSecretary: Mala Jokhan

University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus

Mala Jokhan holds a Ph.D in Social Policy from the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. Her research interests include children of Caribbean migrants,Caribbean family (childhood experiences and caregiving), immigrant youth (identity and adaptation), parental migration and the care drain, transnational migration and the role of social media, reunification, human trafficking, counter-trafficking policy development and interventions, social policy development and reform in the Caribbean. Dr. Jokhan completed her B.S. in Sociology and Management Studies at UWI, St. Augustine, before working as a research assistant for a Wellcome Trust (UK) project on issues relating to the Caribbean family and migration across three Caribbean islands -Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Barbados. Later on, she earned her Master’s degree in Social Policy while serving as a teaching assistant for Sociology courses (Industrial Sociology and Third World in Global Development) at the undergraduate level. After becoming an assistant to the Secretariat in 2012, Dr. Jokhan currently serves part-time in the position of CSA Secretariat (based at SALISES, UWI, St. Augustine).

Email: secretariat@caribbeanstudiesassociation.org

Dwaine PlazaTreasurer: Dwaine Plaza

Dwaine Plaza is a Professor of Sociology in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University. He has been at Oregon State University for eighteen 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, 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.

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.