The University of Florida has announced a Visiting Research Fellowship that covers honorarium, transportation, and lodging (not exceeding $5,000). The subject fields are Atlantic History / Studies, Colonial America, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Jewish History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies. Preference will be given to advanced graduate students and recent PhDs. The deadline for applications is June 15, 2017.  See info below: Jews in the Americas: A Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of Florida The Alexander Grass Chair in Jewish History and the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida are pleased to inviteRead More →

Over the past year, I’ve been meeting with folks in Caribbean Studies, and Caribbean libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage and information institutions. The goal of the meetings is to learn what folks are doing in regards to digital scholarship (also digital humanities, data science, and research/teaching/service as enabled by opportunities in the digital age), what folks want to do, and how to connect and share work for the community, as part of how to grow the community for Caribbean Studies and Caribbean collections. I’m working on a report from this to the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC, www.dLOC.com). Several key phrases came upRead More →

Thanks to the always amazing Dr. Julian Chambliss for sharing this call! Deadline: June 10, 2017 Midnight EST / November 10-12, 2017 on Orange Ave., Orlando, FL OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS, PERFORMERS, AND CREATIVES Art in Odd Places Orlando 2017/NOISE invites proposals for its annual public art and performance festival, taking place from November 10-12, 2017 , along Orange Avenue, from Wall Street to South Street. We welcome disciplinary diversity: visual/ installation, performance, time-based media, virtual/gaming work, online-IRL hybrids, and others. We encourage projects that explore this location’s history, and that actively engage the public realm. This year’s theme is NOISE. AiOP Orlando will selectRead More →

Thanks to the ACURIL Blog for sharing on this! The full news from the ACURIL Blog is copied below for ease, and the Caribbean Library Journal is online and open access, so all should read! CARIBBEAN LIBRARY JOURNAL: A Publication of the UWI University Libraries From the Editorial For Sir Derek Walcott. Thank you for the inspiration! When I first started this editorial, Derek Walcott was alive and I was working with the theme Small is Beautiful, Small is Powerful particularly as this issue has a strong connection to St. Lucia. Walcott’s passing is a loss to all of the Caribbean and I want to take a paragraph or twoRead More →

I became a librarian for many reasons, with many influences. One of them is Julia Mickenberg’s work on children’s literature and the Left. She spoke at UF in 2004, and I’m sharing a few brief notes here because it’s time to lend away my copy of the book. These notes are for my reference, and a nice way to remember sharing an important book. Julia L. Mickenberg. Learning from the Left: Children’s Literature, the Cold War, and Radical Politics in the United States. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. Page 5:  “Some people did turn to children’s literature because other avenues were closed to them; FastRead More →

I wish. Earlier today, this is how my phone corrected when I typed UWI. My phone has successfully typed UWI on many occasions, so it should not have had trouble. Changing UWI to I wish; I’m thankful for this auspicious error. I wish, my wish, my dreams are of collaboration and building community to work ever more strongly together, and I most often work and make this possible by leveraging technology.  But, no technologies are simply technical, and people are always the most challenging, exciting, and meaningful. From here, in the lovely UWI Inn on the UWI St. Augustine campus, on my last trip, I’m reflecting onRead More →

THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago Department of Literary Cultural and Communication Studies Faculty of Humanities and Education 36th Annual Conference on West Indian Literature Call for Papers AFFECT & ETHICAL ENGAGEMENT Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th October 2017 UWI, St Augustine The Caribbean literary project is counterdiscursive both in essence and in practice. It is how we compose and articulate ourselves. With it, we imagine the tasks of nation-building, interrogate traumatic histories, and navigate the myriad rhetorics of identity, politics, and space. A focus on affect enables fruitful enquiry within the field—and well beyond it. In response to literature’sRead More →

I’m here at the amazing University of the West Indies, St. Augustine meeting with folks on digital humanities and libraries. Yesterday, I learned that the Special Collections of the Alma Jordan Library, UWI, St. Augustine, runs a seminar format that has faculty address the question: “how could one do research with this particular collection?” This is a new idea (to me, at least) and it’s a fantastic format! The format for this includes one seminar a semester for two hours, with two faculty members each presenting for 30 minutes, and then for an hour of shared discussion. The faculty presenting each get to learn from the other one,Read More →

Thanks to Kelly Baker Josephs, Editor, sx salon: a small axe literary platform, for sharing this! sx salon 24 is now available online. Please see our table of contents below. In this issue we publish an edited version of a roundtable on digital publishing at the West Indian Literature Conference last October in which five editors of Caribbean digital platforms—Evelyn O’Callaghan, Kaiama L. Glover, Laurie N. Taylor, Patricia J. Saunders, and myself, Kelly Baker Josephs—discuss managing the potentials and pitfalls of digital platforms. In Reviews, we cover new publications in the field: Rachel L. Mordecai reviews Rosario Ferré’s Memoir, translated by Suzanne Hintz and Benigno Trigo;Read More →

Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age is a webinar series showcasing digital and/as public research and teaching in Caribbean Studies. The series provides a collaborative space for professionals to share on projects and experiences to foster communication and support our shared constellations of communities of practice. Please join us for an upcoming event featuring innovative digital work with Colony in Crisis, April 11, 2017, at 11am (Miami Time). Presenter: Nathan Dize and Abby Broughton (Vanderbilt University) Click here to participate in the online event: http://ufsmathers.adobeconnect.com/Caribbean About the Presentation: A digital project created in 2014 through the collaboration of two graduate students and a librarian, ARead More →