The Institute of Caribbean Studies announces its most recent issue of Caribbean Studies (Volume 36, No. 2, July-December 2008). This special issue, Interrogating Caribbean Music: Power, Dialogue, and Transcendence, was composed by guest editor Paul Austerlitz (Gettysburg College). A jazz musician, composer, and ethnomusicologist specializing in Afro-Caribbean music, Austerlitz is the author of Jazz Consciousness: Music, Race, and Humanity (2005, Wesleyan University Press) and Merengue: Dominican Music and Dominican Identity (1997, Temple University Press).
This issue includes articles such as Gage Averill’s “Ballad Hunting in the Black Republic: Alan Lomax in Haiti, 1936-37,” Melvin L. Butler’s “The Weapons of Our Warfare: Music, Positionality, and Transcendence among Haitian Pentecostals,” Amelia K. Ingram’s “Reading History, Performing Carib: The Santa Rosa Festival and Amerindian Identity in Trinidad,” Daniel T. Neely’s “Haul and Pull Up: History, Mento and the eBay Age,” and Marisol Berríos-Miranda and Shannon Dudley’s “El Gran Combo, Cortijo, and the Musical Geography of Cangrejos/Santurce, Puerto Rico.” The volume also features a review essay by J. Michael Dash (New York University), “The (Un)kindness of Strangers: Writing Haiti in the 21st Century,” which explores three books on Haitian history and culture— Before Haiti: Race and Citizenship in French Saint-Domingue (John D. Garrigus, 2006), Paradise Lost: Haiti’s Tumultuous Journey from Pearl of the Caribbean to Third World Hotspot (Philippe Girard, 2005), and Written in Blood: The Story of the Haitian People, 1492-1995 (Robert Debs Heinl and Nancy Gordon Heinl, 1996; revised edition 2005).
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