Newsletter Editorial Team

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

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

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).

Keisha WielKeisha Wiel – Graduate Student Representative

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.

David Tenorio David Tenorio – Sexualities Sub-editor

David Tenorio is Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. His research is at the intersection of sexuality and gender studies, epistemologies form the Global South, cultural studies, and Latin American and Caribbean literature and culture. Moreover, David has been involved in various digital humanities projects (sexualidadescampesinas.ucdavis.edu; queerutopias.org), and has served as Managing Editor of UCD’s Interdisciplinary Journal on Latin American Studies, Brújula (brujula.ucdavis.edu). He has been the recipient of various grants and awards, including the Bejel-Gibbs Graduate Award, the Humanities Program Fellowship, the Humanities Arts & Cultural Studies Dean’s Fellowship, the University of California CUBA Initiative Research Grant, the Mellon Public Scholar Fellowship, the Professors for the Future Program Fellowship, the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States Research Grant, and the University of Miami’s Cuban Heritage Collection Conference Award. Currently, he serves as an Editorial Team Member for the Newsletter of the Caribbean Studies Association.