Travel Grants Awards Committee

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Functions of the Travel Grants Awards Committee:

  • Manage the award of travel grants to assist graduate students in presenting their work at CSA’s annual conferences by:
  • Developing eligibility criteria and guidelines for accessing a travel grant
  • Publishing the call for application for a travel grant on a timely basis
  • Collaborating with the Graduate Student Representative for ease of communication with, and adequate representation of, interests of that corps

Committee Members

Beverly Bain

Beverly Bain, Co-Chair

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.


Patricia SaundersPatricia Saunders, Co-Chair

Patricia Saunders is Associate Professor of English at the University of Miami. She is also the Senior Co-editor of Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, an open access peer reviewed journal. Her book publications include Alienation and Repatriation: Translating Identity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007).  She is also the co-editor of Music. Memory. Resistance: Calypso and the Literary Imagination (Ian Randle Press, 2007). Her current scholarship focuses on consumer culture and the production of the Caribbean region in films, hip-hop and dancehall music, visual art and “sista-girl” literature. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including The Journal of West Indian Literature, Small Axe, Plantation Society in the Americas, the Bucknell Review, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies and Feminist Studies. She is completing a manuscript entitled Buyers Beware: Insurgency and Consumption in Caribbean Popular Culture is forthcoming with Rutgers University Press.