This digital project will span one academic year from November 2020 through December 2021. It will be organized into four modules, one module for each of our themes. Each module will include a synchronous or asynchronous intervention ranging from lectures, book clubs, calls for submissions, and more. Each theme will intentionally include interdisciplinary perspectives on the same topic in order to offer a multi-faceted perspective, shedding new light on environmental and gender studies in the Caribbean. We intend to offer as much of this content as possible in both English and French, to the extent of our capacity and project resources.
Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
10 AM (Los Angeles)
1 PM (New York)
7 PM (France)
What can we learn about the artistic representation of the consumption and production of sugar? What are the gendered implications of this representation? How have women artists disordered and resisted the ecological effects of sugar consumption and production through their art?
Panel discussion: Dr. Myriam Chancy (professor and novelist), Andrea Chung (visual artist)
April 2021 - May 2021
Dr. Schuyler Esprit will share an exploration of agriculture, astronomy and climate through her family history and a once-thriving banana farm. This event will be asynchronous. Registrants will be sent a pre-recording by May 1st and are invited to engage with the presentation through leaving comments on this site.
Call for Submissions: Leading up to and after this presentation, we invite you to submit your family history artifacts or stories related to agriculture, astronomy, and/or climate. These can be photos, written reflections, songs or audio recordings, and/or artistic pieces in the language of your choosing. E-mail your submissions to: . All submissions will be posted on the bananas page our site. We hope you will also engage with other submissions by leaving comments.
In what ways are expressions of the feminine revealed in and through garden settings? How is gendered identity reclaimed or appropriated in these spaces? How are female desires represented or reflected in the garden? What role have gardens been able to play in food sovereignty?
Call for Contributions: Photo submissions of gardens and their stories - More information will be shared in when the call opens in Summer 2021
Book Club Sessions: The Bridge of Beyond by Simone Schwarz-Bart
How has the beach (and related elements such as access, pollution, and tourism) illustrated both the violence of colonialism, as well as gendered resistance? How is the beach, as a fluid and liminal meeting place, both an oppressive and liberating space?