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Working Groups

As per the CSA Constitution Article VIII, working groups are defined as and must be follow these regulations:

  1. Members are encouraged to specify their interest in joining one or more disciplinary work groups, within discrete areas.
  2. In order to form a working group, at least fifteen (15) CSA members should sign a request to the council, seeking such status. This request should include specific areas of interests, objectives, and activities to be undertaken.
  3. Each working group should elect a coordinator for a two-year term by ballot, show of hands, or voice vote, during the annual conference of the CSA.
    1. The coordinator shall facilitate continuous collaborative research and communication between working group members and contribute to the purposes of CSA, as described in Article II of the Constitution.
    2. The coordinator shall also present annual activity reports to the council.
  4. Working groups may only solicit funding from the treasurer, in the support of the group activities, in accordance with the established budget process.
  5. Established working groups, which do not meet for two consecutive years, shall automatically be dissolved. For this purpose, a year shall be defined as the period between any two CSA annual conferences.

If you would like to start a working group, please be sure to follow the above guidelines as outlined in the CSA constitution. Further, working groups are welcome and encouraged to sponsor panels and send suggestions to the Conference Program Chairs/Committees for each conference.


Environmental Working Group

Transnational Hispaniola Working Group

Description: Transnational Hispaniola, a group of scholars, musicians, activists, and practitioners, seek to transform dominant paradigms in Dominican and Haitian knowledge production, political culture, and pedagogy that reproduce class exploitation, gender violence, and social exclusion on the basis of citizenship, sexuality, language, culture, phenotype, and ability. In this project initiated by politically progressive scholars working in Dominican studies, other goals include combating anti-Black xenophobia and anti-Haitianism, and promoting dialogue across the island.

Our group includes specialists in social sciences (anthropology, geography, economics, sociology, political science), the humanities (history, languages, religion), the arts (literature, musicology), and professional trades (education, social work). We are particularly interested in outreach to people in the natural sciences.

Masculinities Working Group

  • Coordinator Contact Info: TBA
  • Description: TBA

Sexualities Working Group

Description: The Sexualities Working Group was approved at the CSA 2011 conference business meeting in Barbados and started officially at the 2012 conference. This group comprises a network for scholars – established and emerging – whose research focuses on sexualities, broadly defined. The working group was proposed and started by CSA members Natalie Bennett, Jafari Sinclaire Allen, Angelique V. Nixon, and Rosamond S. King. The goals for this Working Group include: building a community of scholars within CSA around a topic of study that has long been marginalized and silenced; fostering connections between our academic activities and the broader activist and social movements to which we are allied; creating a supportive space where people feel their work is respected and encouraged. The long-term goal of such an endeavor is to further institutionalize the study of sexualities within Caribbean Studies, to solidify the links between academic scholars and activists/social movements, as well as help to transform the field of Caribbean Studies altogether.