Special Issue of CRGS—Indo-Caribbean Feminisms: Charting Crossings in Geography, Discourse, and Politics

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At the 2013 Caribbean Studies Association conference in Grenada in early June, I attended a stimulating session on Indo-Caribbean women, followed by a lively and productive discussion; the papers presented were, to a large extent, related to the recent special issue of the Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, Indo-Caribbean Feminisms: Charting Crossings in Geography, Discourse, and Politics, co-edited by Gabrielle Hosein and Lisa Outar. This issue is now on my list of things to read before the summer is over.

This fascinating collection includes sections on “Essays” and “Gender Dialogues” by Anusha Ragbir, Gabrielle Hosein, Mark Tumbridge, Lauren Pragg, Kavyta Raghunandan, Halima Kassim, Patricia Mohammed, Ananya Kabir, Lisa Outar, Roseanne Kanhai, and Sarah Nabbie; Research in Action (Brenda Gopeesingh); book reviews; creative writing; and two excellent photo essays by Andil Gosine and Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel, whose work is shown above.

Description: This special issue of the Caribbean Review of Gender Studies pulls together a wide cross-section of voices—scholarly, artistic, and activist—to highlight the often-unaddressed diversity of perspectives and identity positions among Indo-Caribbean women and to examine the critical and revolutionary interventions that Indian women are making in conversations about Caribbean femininity, politics, agency, and the nature of “authenticity” in diasporic contexts. The issue pushes back against the weight of historical stereotypes about Indian femininity and girlhood in the context of indentureship and also against contemporary expectations of the role the Indian female body must play in community identity and in protection of what is seen as the boundaries of Indianness in the Caribbean.  The issue begins to articulate the various complex forms that Indo-Caribbean feminisms can take and their dialogic relationships with Afro-Caribbean, European, American and subcontinental Indian feminist movements. It sets the stage for examining anew how understandings of creolization, transnationalism and cultural belonging are deployed in the Caribbean context.

For full issue, see http://sta.uwi.edu/crgs/2012/index.asp#essays

Photo from Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel’s “Home Away from Home” series.

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