Conference: 2017 Australian Association for Caribbean Studies


The 2017 Conference of the Australian Association for Caribbean Studies will be held at the Australian National University in Canberra, February 9-11. [See previous post Australian Association for Caribbean Studies 2017 Conference.] Keynote speakers are Angelique V. Nixon, John H. Rashford, and Don E. Walicek (see descriptions below). Canberra is the only inland site at which the AACS has held conferences. Inland cities are also rare in the Caribbean, but every island has its inner life. So, for 2017 the AACS adopted as its conference theme “Interiors.” For more details on the conference theme click here.

The Conference Program is available here.

Sessions on THURSDAY, 9 FEBRUARY and FRIDAY, 10 FEBRUARY will be held at the CIW BUILDING (BUILDING 188), FELLOWS LANE, ANU – see map here.


Angelique V. Nixon is writer, artist, teacher, scholar, activist, and poet—born and raised in Nassau, The Bahamas and currently based in Trinidad and Tobago. She identifies as an Afro-Caribbean woman, multi-racial Black, queer and sex-positive being, rooted in working-class struggle.

Angelique earned her Ph.D. in English specializing in Caribbean literature, postcolonial studies, and women and gender studies at the University of Florida, and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Africana Studies at New York University. She is author of the poetry and art collection Saltwater Healing – A Myth Memoir and Poems (Poinciana Paper Press, 2013). Her scholarly book Resisting Paradise: Tourism, Diaspora, and Sexuality in Caribbean Culture (University Press of Mississippi, 2015) won the Caribbean Studies Association 2016 Barbara T. Christian Literary Award for Best Book in the Humanities.

Her research, cultural criticism, and poetry have been published widely; and her artwork has been featured at several exhibitions. Angelique strives through her activism, writing, and art to disrupt silences, challenge systems of oppression, and carve spaces for resistance and desire. She is a Lecturer at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. [. . .]

Born in Jamaica, Professor John H. Rashford is a distinguished scholar in the field of ethnobotany, reaching beyond the Caribbean to embrace the wider world. His undergraduate studies at Friends World College included Music as well as Anthropology, but his doctoral research at The City University of New York saw him focus on ethnobotany, with a dissertation titled Roots and Fruits: Social Class and Intercropping in Jamaica.

John now holds the position of Professor of Anthropology at the College of Charleston. Much of his published work is located in Jamaica and the Caribbean, combining close observation with historical research in a diasporic context. In 2013, with, R. Voeks, he published African Ethnobotany in the Americas (Springer). Many plants have been drawn into his field, with particular focus on the ackee and, most recently, the baobab and its global story. [. . .]

Don E. Walicek is Associate Professor of English and Linguistics in the College of Humanities at the University of Puerto Rico’s main campus in Río Piedras. Walicek holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology and an MA in Latin American Studies, both from the University of Texas at Austin. His graduate studies in linguistics included coursework in Germany and the Netherlands. He earned his PhD in English at the University of Puerto Rico’s Río Piedras Campus in 2009.

Walicek has academic interests in the areas of sociohistorical linguistics, language and power, and Caribbean history. He is the author of more than a dozen articles and chapters and the editor of numerous volumes. He has served as Editor of the Caribbean Studies journal Sargasso since 2009. His publications include “Chinese Spanish in Nineteenth-Century Cuba: Documenting Sociohistorical Context” in Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives on Contact Languages (John Benjamins 2007); “The Founder Principle and Anguilla’s Homestead Society” in Gradual Creolization: Studies Celebrating Jacques Arends,” (John Benjamins 2009); Thomas Russell’s Grammar of ‘A Stubborn and Expressive Corruption’” in European Creolists in the 19th Century (Buske 2014); and “The Anguilla Revolution and Operation Sheepskin” in Caribbean Military Encounters (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming in 2017).

He and Jessica Adams are co-editors of the forthcoming edited volume Guantánamo and the Empire of Freedom, Politics and the Humanities at a Global Crossroads. In addition, Walicek is the local coordinator for Puerto Rico’s International Corpus of English (ICE) project. Currently he is the Director of his institution’s Graduate Program in Linguistics. [. . .]

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