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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

Job Opportunity in English/Creative Writing at UWI Mona – d/line 11 Mar 2019

Job opportunity in Literatures in English/Creative Writing at UWI Mona - deadline March 11, 2019 - click the link below for the posting. Advertisement - Lecturer in Literatures in... Read more

Lawrence Scott hands over WITCHBROOM archive to UWI St Augustine Library

At a handover ceremony on November 22, 2018, author Lawrence Scott gave the archive of papers and materials related to his novel Witchbroom (originally published 1992; re-issued 2017 by Papillote Press) to the Alma Jordan Library at the UWI St. Augustine. The acquisition was also celebrated by an exhibition entitled The Genesis of a Book: Lawrence Scott’s Witchbroom (curator Lorraine Nero, Senior Librarian). See Caribbean Literary Heritage's post for more... Read more

CFP – CACLALS at Congress 2019, Vancouver – d/line 1/15/19

Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies CFP: CACLALS at Congress 2019 University of British Columbia (Vancouver, B.C.) June 1-3, 2019 “Listening and Speaking: Postcolonial Circles of Conversation” Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Dr. David Chariandy (Simon Fraser University) Prof. Jasbir Puar (Women and Gender Studies, Rutgers University)   From the organizers: In the spirit of postcolonial circles of conversation, we invite papers, panels,... Read more

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