Caribbean Studies Association’s 2012 Book Launch

I had the pleasure of attending the recent Caribbean Studies Association’s 2012 Book Launch and Awards, presented by Faith Smith on Thursday, May 31, 2012, at the beautiful and evocative residence of writer Simone Schwartz-Bart, “La Souvenance,” in Goyave, Guadeloupe. Attendees, who were able to congratulate the writers and recipients of various awards, were regaled by outstanding performances by local gwoka musicians and dance troupe.

The CSA showcased the productivity of its members by launching the books written in the last two years. These works ranged from contemporary literature to studies exploring questions of citizenship, disaster, diaspora and migration and religion. Here is the list of books presented:

Anja Bandau, El Caribe y sus diásporas. Cartografía de saberes y prácticas culturales, Verbum, 2010

Michael Barnett, Rastafari in the New Millennium: A Rastafari Reader, Syracuse University Press, 2012

Nadia V. Celis and Juan Pablo (eds), Lección errante: Mayra Santos Febres y el Caribe contemporáneo, Isla Negra Editores, 2011

Raphael Dalleo, Caribbean Literature and the Public Sphere: From the Plantation to the Postcolonial, University of Virginia Press, 2011

Odile Ferly, A Poetics of Relation: Caribbean Women Writing at the Millennium, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012

Karen Flynn, Moving Beyond Borders: A History of Black Canadian and Caribbean Women in the Diaspora, University of Toronto Press, 2011

Christine G.T. Ho and James Loucky, eds. Humane Migration: Establishing Legitimacy and Rights for Displaced People, Kumarian Press, 2012

Danielle Jeffrey, Le scandale statutaire à Saint-Martin, Éditions de L’Harmattan, 2012

Marie-Hélène Jacoby-Koaly, Le fonctionnement scolaire à l’épreuve du magico-religieux, Éditions de L’Harmattan, 2011

Keith McNeal, Trance and Modernity in the Southern Caribbean: African and Hindu Popular Religions in Trinidad and Tobago, University Press of Florida, 2011

Nadève Ménard, Ecrits d’Haiti: Perspectives sur la littérature haïtienne contemporaine (1986-2006), Éditions Karthala, 2011

Keith Nurse, The Global and Economic Crisis and the Developing World: Implications and Prospects for Recovery and Growth, Routledge, 2012

Diana Paton and Maarit Forde (eds.), Obeah and Other Powers: The Politics of Caribbean Religion and Healing, Duke University Press, 2012

Mark Schuller and Morales, Pablo (eds.), Tectonic Shifts: Haiti since the Earthquake, Kumarian Press, 2012

Mimi Sheller, Citizenship from Below: Erotic Agency and Caribbean Freedom. Duke University Press, 2012

Deborah Thomas, Exceptional Violence: Embodied Citizenship in Transitional Jamaica. Duke University Press, 2011

Jean-Claude William, Fred Reno and  Fabienne Alvarez, eds. Mobilisations sociales aux Antilles: Les événements de 2009 dans tous leurs sens. Éditions Karthala, 2012

[Many thanks to Faith Smith for providing this list.]

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9 thoughts on “Caribbean Studies Association’s 2012 Book Launch

  1. I do think that your work is very important to Caribbean scholars around the world, by preserving our history. Finally the erased history of my grandfather
    Herbert Theodore Thomas in now preserved in the Digital Library of the Caribbean-U. of Florida & in the U. of York Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, under The Archambeau-Thomas family Collection for the public to see. With my thanks to all historians in the Caribbean.

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