November 29, 2016
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The Caribbean Digital III

Dear Friends,

We are excited to announce the upcoming Small Axe event  The Caribbean Digital III on  2 December 2016. Here below please find detailed information about the event. We hope you'll also consider attending our  In the Same Boats digital cartography workshop on  Thursday, 1 December. The full program can be found below and at

Please circulate widely through your networks - and make plans to join us in December!

All best,
Kaiama, Kelly, and Alex

Kaiama L. Glover
Kelly Baker Josephs
Alex Gil

Maison Française | Columbia University

9AM Welcome
  • Kelly Baker Josephs (Williams College)


9:10AM Opening Remarks

  • David Scott (Columbia University)
  • Amalia S. Levi (Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum) - "Dispersion and the Digital: A Report on Ongoing Archival Work at the Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum in Barbados"
  • Stephanie Jackson (Graduate Center, City University of New York) - "Digital Diaspora and the 'Divine Mother': The Emancipatory Politics of Social Media for Indo-Caribbean Ecstatic Religion"
  • Samina Gul Ali (University of Miami) - "Transgressive Islamic 'Brownness': Disruptive Racial and Cultural Formations Within Feminist Muslim Latina and South Asian Communities"
  • Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken (City College, CUNY) - Discussant
11:00-11:15AM Break

  • Angel 'Monxo' López Santiago (Hunter College) - "Working the Digital Spatial Humanities Among Crumbling Archives"
  • Marta Gierczyk (University of Miami) - "Creole City, Creole Citizenship: Mapping Kingston in Kerry Young's Pao"
  • Kaiama L. Glover (Barnard College), Alex Gil (Columbia University Libraries), Alyssa Vann (Stanford University) - "In The Same Boats: Toward an Afro-Atlantic Intellectual Cartography :: Beta Scope"
  • Roopika Risam (Salem State University) - Discussant 
12:30-1:30PM Lunch

  • Marlene L. Daut (University of Virginia) - "Haiti at the Digital Crossroads: Archiving Black Sovereignty Together"
  • Schuyler Esprit (Dominica State College) - "Innovating research and heritage on small islands: Dominica's model for Preservation and Education"
  • Keja Valens (Salem State University) - "Abundance And Scarcity: Cuban Food Writing In Digital Archives, 1857-2016"
  • Jessica Marie Johnson (John Hopkins University) - Discussant

3:00-3:15PM Break


  • Lamia Zaibi (University of Manouba, Tunisia) - "Transcending boundaries: Kwame Dawes's Digital Collaborations"
  • Terri Francis (Indiana University) - "Double Exposures: Eyeballing, Framing the Archives, & Thomas Edison's Caribbean Films"
  • Grace Aneiza Ali (New York University) - "Un|Fixed Homeland"
  • Tzarina T. Prater (Bentley University) - Discussant
4:30-4:45PM Break

  • Laurie N. Taylor (Digital Library of the Caribbean) - "Let's Look to the Stars Together: Collaboratively Developing Constellations of Communities of Practice for Caribbean Studies Digital Scholarship"
  • Abby R. Broughton (Vanderbilt University), Kelsey Corlett-Rivera (University of Maryland), Nathan H. Dize (Vanderbilt University) - "(De)constructing Boundaries through the Digital Humanities: Collaborative Pedagogy and A Colony in Crisis"
  • Laura Wagner (Duke University) - "Nou toujou la!: The Digital (After)Life of the Radio Haiti Archive"
  • Laurent Dubois (Duke University) - Discussant
  • Tamika Galanis (Visual Artist) - "The Human-Coral Hybrids: Embodying Past, Present, and Future"
  • Kearra Amaya Gopee (Visual Artist) - "Coup"
  • Yasmine Espert (Columbia University) - Presenter

The Hip Hop African Podcast

The Hip Hop African Podcast features discussions and interviews on hip hop music and culture produced by African artists in Africa and in the Diaspora. The podcast is produced by Dr. Msia Kibona Clark and students in the Department of African Studies at Howard University. The podcast is mixed and recorded in the Department of African Studies at Howard University.
The podcast is available at the Hip Hop African blog, as well as on iTunes, Stitcher, additionally, select episodes are on YouTube.
The latest episode features an interview with Senegalese hip hop pioneers and activists Xuman and Keyti. Xuman and Keyti have been active in hip hop in Senegal for over 20 years. They now host a hip hop news show called Journal Rappé on YouTube. 
Msia Kibona Clark, PhD
Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of African Studies
Howard University

The Program of Studies of Afro America of the House of the Americas

To: Researchers, academics, teachers, writers, artists that from anywhere in the world have interest and diffuse the contribution of Africa to our Americanism.

Dear Colleagues:

The labor of the Center of Studies of the Caribbean of House of the Americas, the results of the House Award, the editorial catalogue, the work of the magazine and the hundreds of events carried out in all these years, have contributed to visualize the transversal view of an area of studies that claims a differentiated treatment, helper of a specific development.

In October of 1943 a group of intellectuals from the continent, participants in the First Inter American Demographic Congress, carried out in Mexico City, founded the International Institute of Afro American Studies, under the direction of Fernando Ortiz. Among others, accompanied the wise Cuban: Gonzalo Aguirre Beltran and Jorge A. Vivo (Mexico), Julio Le Riverend (Cuba), Jean Price Mars and Jackes Roumain (Haiti), Richard Patee (Puerto Rico), Arthur Ramos (Brasil) and the Americans Melville J Herskovitz and Alain Locke. The publication, that same year, of the magazine Afroamerica, organ of the institution, ratified the will of contributing to the academic articulation of the Afro American studies.

The Program of Studies of Afro America of the House of the Americas becomes a project to give continuity to this tradition of search of our origins and interpretation of the keys of our identity. Created in 2015, the program is an academic platform of research and promotion, destined to expand in the studies of the legacy of Africa in the culture of the continent. Intends, also, to be linked to institutions of any place in the world dedicated to investigate, from a multi-disciplinary perspective, the African presence in the art, literature and the American thought.

The main objective of the program is to promote the study, with multi-disciplinary tools (historical, anthropological, literary, culture-logical, economic, political, etc.) of the African print in the artistic expressions and in the conformation of the societies in the Americas and the Caribbean.

We invite to all of those that wish to participate in sharing our projects for 2017.

Cordial greetings,

MSc. Zuleica Romay Guerra, Director,
Program of Studies of Afro America, Casa de las Americas

The JMDI Launches the New e-Learning Course  "My JMDI e-Toolbox on Migration and Local Development"!
Dear M4D Net members,
The JMDI is proud to present the newly launched "My JMDI e-Toolbox on Migration and Local Development". This e-learning course is a free, flexible and comprehensive e-course for stakeholders working on migration and development at the local level (local and national authorities, civil society, migrants' associations, academia, international organizations, etc.) on how to better manage migration for enhanced local development through the inclusion and empowerment of migrants and diaspora in development planning and policy-making.
The e-learning course was developed by the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO) based on the JMDI's training tools 'My JMDI Toolbox' which was elaborated jointly with IOM and ITC-ILO. The e-learning is available on the JMDI website here (French and Spanish versions will also be available soon).
Given the global context of increasing human mobility, urbanization and decentralization, it is cities, local and regional authorities that are finding themselves at the forefront of managing both the positive and negative impacts of migration. Yet often they find themselves lacking know-how and tools that they need to manage this in a way that can foster local development. The course is therefore a direct response to the specific needs and knowledge gaps identified from local stakeholders. It covers a wide range of practical issues connected with Local Development through 6 modules. The introductory module (Core Module) is compulsory with the remaining 5 optional modules depending on the various interests of the trainees. Each module is outlined below:

Core Module - Introductory module on migration and local development
Module 1 - Managing the link between migration and local development
Module 2 - Establishing partnerships, cooperation and dialogue on M&D at local level
Module 3 - Empowering migrants at the territorial level
Module 4 - Creating jobs and economic opportunities through migration at local level
Module 5 - Increasing the impact on development through integration and reintegration policies

For more information, check out this video:

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