< Events | Friday, January 12, 2024

Caribbean Graduate Reading Group

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In collaboration with the Centre for Caribbean Studies, the Caribbean Graduate Reading Group aims to bring together graduate students from across departments to discuss research in relation to the Caribbean and Caribbean peoples.

Taking a capacious approach to thinking with and through the Caribbean, this reading group aims to provide an opportunity to treat as central the complexities, distinctions and entanglements of a region that is often held as peripheral, conceived as broadly interchangeable, or otherwise fractured across linguistic traditions.

When engaging such voices as Sylvia Wynter, Walter Rodney, Suzanne Césaire, V.S. Naipaul, Marie Vieux Chauvet, Wifredo Lam and innumerable others, this reading group would seek to ask: Where do such voices come from?

Other guiding questions may include: What is the Caribbean? What is it to variously think within an island, across an archipelago or along the circum-Caribbean? In talking about the Caribbean, are we talking about the world? What is a diaspora in and/or of the Caribbean?

The object of this reading group is to be exploratory and kaleidoscopic, as well as to build linkages for a community of graduate Caribbeanists. Readings for future sessions will be nominated and agreed upon by those who attend.

Meetings take place on the second Friday of each month (starting January 12th) from 2 p.m. to 4 p in AP 367, Department of Anthropology, 19 Ursula Franklin St. 

Light food and refreshments will be provided.

The first texts are:

Puri, Shalini. The Grenada Revolution in the Caribbean Present Operation Urgent Memory. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137066909.

Kamugisha, Aaron. “The Responsibilities of Caribbean Intellectuals.” The South Atlantic Quarterly 122, no. 2 (2023): 361–75. https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-10405119.

Please contact robert.mcconney@mail.utoronto.ca for enquiries or to RSVP interest.

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