A message from the Department of English at the University of Puerto Rico. We offer the Department at his family our condolences. I (Lisa) want to personally acknowledge my gratitude for his great kindness and warmth, which I valued immensely: Mervyn Coleridge Alleyne (1933-2016) Mervyn was a renowned sociolinguist and dialectologist whose ground-breaking work on […]


Call for Papers—“Reckoning With Slavery”

This is quite an interesting call for papers. I’ll try to monitor it.

Repeating Islands


The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library is issuing a call for papers for its inaugural conference, “Reckoning With Slavery: New Directions in the History, Memory, Legacy, and Popular Representations of Enslavement.” The conference will be held at the Schomburg Center in New York City, New York, on November 17 and 18, 2017. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2017. [Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.]

Description: The Lapidus Center seeks proposals from scholars whose work may throw new light on the history of slavery, the slave trade, and abolition and opposition to slavery, as well as engage with contemporary debates over the legacies of enslavement, reparations, and the significance of popular depictions of slavery in film, television, and digital platforms.

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The Colour of Shadows

This imaginative book throws new light on the closing years of Caribbean slavery and the lives of enslaved people of African descent before emancipation in Trinidad in 1834. The book centres on the drawings of plantation life by Richard Bridgens, an English-born artist who became a planter and slaveholder in Trinidad, and examines these in […]

via New Book/ The Colour of Shadows: Images of Caribbean Slavery — Repeating Islands

Raymond’s book was launched earlier this year during the Bocas Lit Fest, I missed her launched and readings then. Then the Carnival Institute hosted it’s Emancipation Lecture which featured Raymond talking about Bridgens work as an artist whose drawings of Pre-Emancipation Trinidad are used to illustrate Caribbean Slavery, but how he isn’t respected as an artist, and his work is often used without acknowledging his ownership.

I missed the Carnival Studies lecture, but I sent my cameraman to cover, and was able to watch it after and write a story based on her talk.
I was really taken with Raymond’s belief that we might be able to identify the people in Bridgens drawings, despite his limited skill. He wasn’t drawing imaginary beings, or representations. He was doing portraiture, and a detailed examination of the records may help us identify some of his subjects.

I find that very exciting.

My report on Raymond’s lecture is here.



Notes on presenting a Soundscape

The physical environment Indoor environments are better because of how the sound travels in space. The soundscape maybe tailored to the type of space it will be presented in. Specific audio playbac…

Source: Notes on presenting a Soundscape

So proud of my friend Afifa for the groundbreaking work she is doing.

Once a ‘has-been,’ de Goeas continues another act | Monday Night Theatre Forum

Theatre practitioner Mervyn de Goeas said he does not think of himself as just a director or a mas-man or an actor or a writer, but as an artist. He told an appreciative audience at the Monday Night Theatre Forum he has been a has-been on many occasions and come back each time.

Source: Once a ‘has-been,’ de Goeas continues another act | Monday Night Theatre Forum

Representations of Self in Rankin Kia Boss’ World

“On Sunday 11th September, the all-white “Ciroc the Boat” hosted by Scorch had a grand closing of a fight that moved from one location to the next involving some women, at least one man, and a Samsung phone as the weapon of choice. By Monday, the video went rival and received well over 1,000 shares on Facebook. LoopTT headlined the news story as “All-white boat party turns dirty” and sadly, the situation also made the evening news. The Facebook noise did not concern itself with the lack of security and no arrests after the fight; instead the concern was with the status of elite party group that seemed to have been penetrated by “ghetto elements.” The fight became a hot topic for radio hosts for some days after and the story then introduces the two dominant personalities for the past couple of days, Rachel Price and Rankin Kia Boss.”

Amilcar Sanatan looks at representations of self that are both affirming and self loathing at the same time in the discourses of Rankin Kia Boss in that infamous Facebook live post. A must read, and to be fair Kia’s video is a must see  for those interested in gender and representation in the Caribbean.

Read his post in full here.. I’m not tagging Kia’s video, because she outs some people and that’s not right.

Blackness in Britain

Book Series Call for proposals Blackness in Britain edited by Kehinde Andrews Rowman and Littlefield International Blackness in Britain is a book series dedicated to bringing together cutting edge research on Black experiences in Britain. The series will cover the interdisciplinary nature of Black Studies including work from but not exclusive to: sociology, politics, cultural […]

via Blackness in Britain book series call for proposals — CARISCC

Second Call for Papers – Caribbean Carnival Conference, May 2017

I’m actually finding this very intriguing:

The Centre for Culture and the Arts at Leeds Beckett University in partnership with Leeds West Indian Carnival will be hosting an international conference on Caribbean Carnival Cultures on 19 – 21 …

Source: Second Call for Papers – Caribbean Carnival Conference, May 2017