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The University of Chicago’s Department of English invites applications for Ph.D. candidacy in Black studies for the 2020-2021 admission cycle

The University of Chicago's Department of English has announced that, for the 2020-2021 admission cycle, they will be admitting only students working in and with Black studies. They also highlight their particular strength in the area of Caribbean studies, with a growing group of Caribbeanist faculty across methods, languages, and periods, including Jessica Baker (Music), Ryan Cecil Jobson (Anthropology) Sarah Jessica Johnson (English), Agnes Lugo-Ortiz (Romance Languages and Literatures),... Read more

The Caribbean Digital VII to be held virtually, with three asynchronous digital community projects and a synchronous gathering on December 4, 2020

From the organizers - "This year, the seventh annual Caribbean Digital event will be held virtually, with three asynchronous digital community projects and a synchronous gathering. Currently, we are in the midst of collecting entries for one of the three community projects, our Directory of Caribbean Digital Scholarship. To suggest projects for inclusion in the Directory, you are invited to add links and annotations to our master spreadsheet between October 26 and November 20.  We are... Read more

Dr. Ronald Cummings joins JWIL editorial team

The JWIL editorial team is very pleased to announce that we have welcomed aboard a new member of the collective - Dr. Ronald Cummings. Dr. Cummings is Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literatures at Brock University, Canada. His research focuses on critical Maroon studies, gender and sexuality studies and on Caribbean literary historiography. He is co-editor (with Alison Donnell) of Caribbean Literature in Transition, 1970-2020 (Cambridge University Press, 2021). We... Read more

In memoriam: Edward Kamau Brathwaite 1930-2020

JWIL mourns the loss of Kamau Brathwaite, one of Caribbean poetry's giants and a lodestar for so many of us Caribbean literary scholars. His contributions to the urgent and continuing project of decolonization continue to awe, move and inspire legions. Here are a few of the tributes to this remarkable life and... Read more

In memoriam: Dr. Victor Chang

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of one of our own, our longstanding Editor, colleague and friend, Dr. Victor Chang. Dr. Chang dedicated himself to JWIL's life and influence for over twenty years, serving first as Co-Editor from 1987-2002 and then as Editor-in-Chief from 2002-2009. Dr. Chang also provided the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, and its Department of Literatures in English with distinguished and dedicated service for thirty-two years. From 1990-1994,... Read more

In memoriam: J. Michael Dash

JWIL shares in the deep sadness of the broader Caribbean intellectual and cultural community at the passing of Professor J. Michael Dash, who died on 2nd June 2019 in New York City. Born in Trinidad and Tobago and educated at the University of the West Indies, Professor Dash was an eminent scholar of francophone Caribbean literature and in particular of Édouard Glissant, whose work Dash also translated. Related links here: Repeating Islands obituary Mediapart obituary (in... Read more

CFP: West Indian Literature Conference, University of Guyana, 17-20 Oct 2019

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 20 June 2019 Notification of acceptance: 30 June 2019 Submissions are invited for the 38th Annual West Indian Literature Conference, to take place at the Turkeyen Campus of the University of Guyana, 17-20 October 2019. The conference theme is “HINTERLANDS: Journeys of the Imagination," which in the words of the organizers "will include the foundations: some special attention to the heritage(s) of Wilson Harris, Derek Walcott, V.S. Naipaul"; a focus... Read more

Congratulations to Dr Kevin Browne on 2019 OCM Bocas Prize

JWIL heartily congratulates editorial-board member Dr Kevin Adonis Browne on being awarded the 2019 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for his book High Mas: Carnival and the Poetics of Caribbean Culture (UP of Mississippi). Dr Browne's win is particularly significant as it marks the first time the overall prize has been awarded to a non-fiction volume. 2019 OCM Bocas prizes were also awarded to Doe Songs by Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné (Peepal Tree Press) in the poetry category, and... Read more

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