Newsletter Editorial Team

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

Meagan Sylvester is a Senior Lecturer with responsibility for the Research Methods and Sociology academic programmes at the Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies in Trinidad and Tobago. Specialising in Labour Market Research, she has held positions on cabinet-appointed government sub-committees with responsibility for providing baseline survey data and monitoring and evaluation for national labour market sectors at The Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development in Trinidad and Tobago.

From a sectoral standpoint, her focus is on the creative industries sector with music as the focal point of her research and publications. To date, she has published over fifteen book chapters and journal articles on Trinidad’s music culture and 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. As a Music Sociologist she has a consultancy practice in which she provides her clients with insight into the sociological framing of society using the lens of lyrics as the main unit of analysis. In addition to this, she has hosted scholarly workshops on music and culture in Europe, Latin America, South America, the United States and the Caribbean.

Academically, she is in the penultimate stages of completing a Ph.D. in Sociology of Music at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago. She has professional memberships in international 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.

Her public engagement portfolio is as follows: (i) Education and Research – She is a board member of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation – TUCO and holds the position as Director, Education and Research. (ii) Culture and Archiving – She holds a board position at the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Museum (iii) Communications and Information Technology – she is an Executive Board member of the Caribbean Studies Association – CSA. She holds two positions on the CSA Council, namely Chair, Newsletter Committee and Co-Chair of the Digital Media Network Committee.

Demonstrating her passion for volunteerism, she is a committee member for three organisations which focus on women a) the Powerful Ladies of Trinidad and Tobago (PLOTT), b) The Association of   Female Executives of Trinidad and Tobago (AFETT) and c) Caribbean Women Honours and Empowerment.

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Myriam MoiseMyriam Moïse – French Sub-editor

Myriam Moïse is an Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies at Université des Antilles (Martinique), a permanent Researcher at the Caribbean Social Sciences Research Unit (LC2S/CNRS-UMR 8053) and a 2019-2020 Fulbright Research Fellow. In 2018, she was appointed Secretary-General of UNIVERSITIES CARIBBEAN, the organization of Caribbean Universities and Research Institutes (formerly UNICA).

Myriam Moïse holds a Doctorate in Anglophone Studies from Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, and a PhD in Literatures in English from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad. Her research fields include Postcolonial Studies, Gender Studies and Discourse Analysis, with a special focus on the literary and artistic productions by women of African Caribbean descent. She has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals (Commonwealth Essays&Studies, PoCo PagesVertigo, Wagadu) and book chapters in edited collections, namely in Diasporic Women’s Writing of the Black Atlantic: (En)Gendering Literature and Performance (Routledge 2014), Ville et Environnement: Regards Croisés sur le monde postcolonial (Michel Houdiard 2014) and Anthology Vodou I Remember (Lexington Books 2016).

Dr Moïse is very committed to developing research and educational projects in the Caribbean region: She was recently elected an Executive member of the Caribbean Studies Association and has been working as a French advisor for the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) since 2018. She is currently engaged in various research activities including the coordination of a European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program “Connected Worlds: The Caribbean, Origin of Modern World” under the Marie Skłodowska Curiegrant agreement, which aims to strengthen cross-sector and cross-border international collaboration (CONNECCARIBBEAN-823846).

Jorge Lefevre Tavárez Jorge Lefevre Tavárez – Spanish Sub-editor

Jorge Lefevre Tavárez is a professor, essayist and an editor based in Puerto Rico. He teaches Spanish and Humanities courses in two University of Puerto Rico campuses: Arecibo and Río Piedras. Lefevre Tavárez is founding editor of two journals, The Puerto Rico Review and momento crítico, as well as a frequent collaborator of En Rojo, the cultural supplement to the weekly newspaper Claridad. He holds a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, and a Ph.D in Hispanc and Luso-Brasilian Studies from the University of Chicago. His main research interest is 19th century Spanish Caribbean literature. In this field, he has published articles on Eugenio María de Hostos, José María Heredia and Ramón Emeterio Betances, and is co-editor of the book series Desfleques y desafíos, dedicated to 19th century Puerto Rican literature. He is currently working on a book project dedicated to the Indianist literature of the Spanish Caribbean. Outside of this specific field, he also has a long-term collaborative research with Jackqueline Frost on the reception of francophone anticolonial theory in 1960s Cuba, which first explored the relation between Aimé Césaire and the Cuban Revolution. Currently, he has been researching the narrative work of René Marqués, and will write the introduction to the volume dedicated to his short stories of his Complete Works. Lefevre Tavárez is also active politically in Puerto Rico as a socialist, through Democracia Socialista (Puerto Rico). His political writings have been originally published in Claridad, momento crítico, International Viewpoint and Democratic Left.

Mandy LacléMandy Laclé – Papiamento/u Sub-editor

Mandy J.J. Laclé is an Aruban woman, and an alumnus of the University of Aruba’s Organization, Governance and Management program. Mandy is currently working towards receiving her master’s degree in Sociology specializing in social inequalities at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. As a first-generation member of her family to pursue higher education, Mandy’s research interests mainly focus on issues of social justice. Some of her writing features topics such as generational poverty, the legacy left behind of Dutch colonialism, and machismo. Mandy has also participated in several panel discussions alongside Dutch scholars bringing her own raw insight into issues of oppression. As a relatively young academic, Mandy hopes to use her work as a means to continue shining a light on the way oppression and inequality, especially on Aruba, may go unnoticed.

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).

Regan ReidRegan Reid – Graduate Student Representative

Regan Reid is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Juvenile Justice program at the Prairie View A&M University in Texas, United States. She is also a graduate assistant working under the supervision of Camille Gibson (PhD) and is involved in collaborative projects with the Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Centre and the Campbell Collaboration. Her current research interests include child-rearing and family processes in Jamaica, youth behavioural health, mental health, bullying behavior, juvenile justice policy analysis and management, economic development, sustainability risks, and opportunities.

Regan earned her B.Sc. in Political Science (major) and Criminology (minor) and an M.Sc. in International Public and Development Management from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica. For her M.Sc. research, Regan wanted to better understand the (consumer) debt culture among emerging adults and its implications for sustainability, specifically in a developing country context. She received an outstanding final research paper (2018-2019) award from the University of the West Indies, Mona, for that research.

In the past three years, Regan has worked as a teaching and graduate research assistant for the Public and Policy Management Unit in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies. She taught Criminology, International Relations, Public Policy and Management, and Political Science at the undergraduate levels. She also worked as an assistant lecturer in International Perspectives on Regulations and Regulatory Reform at the graduate level before being contracted by the Ministry of Health and Wellness (Jamaica) as an administrative research specialist to produce a draft white paper around the national health infrastructure.

Regan is a former postgraduate representative and faculty representative of the Society of Future Policy Leaders, UWI Mona. She also volunteered with and was appointed as the chair of the policy and advocacy unit, Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (CYPAN). Today she serves as a global peace ambassador with the Global Peace Chain (Non-profit Organization).

Regan is very committed to establishing culturally sensitive and practical guidance for the advancement of the whole Caribbean. In her service to the CSA as the Graduate Student Representative, she endeavours to empower her fellow graduate students to engage in collaborative efforts and futuristic thinking.