African-Caribbean Women Interrogating Diaspora/Post-Diaspora
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This anthology originated as papers presented at a conference held in London, July 2018, entitled "Caribbean Women (Post) Diaspora: African-Caribbean Interconnections".
The chapters focus on issues of women’s agency and on the potential for transformation produced by the experience of migration and the networks and communities fashioned by African-Caribbean women in diasporic spaces. They cover a range of disciplines including the study of visual art, auto-ethnographic analysis, socio-cultural and literary analyses. The work included in this anthology inserts, as central to its focus, considerations of gender and specifically the experiences of women in processes of migration, community formation and resistance. In its focus on concepts of diaspora and post-diaspora, the book investigates the potential of these theoretical terms to address the complexity of the diasporic experience. Concepts of post-diaspora have emerged in recent scholarship as a response to the challenges to traditional understandings of diaspora raised by the increase and speed of globalization, and by the rise of transnationalism, both as a focus of academic study, and as an everyday experience. Post-diaspora, like transnationalism, emphasises the fluidity of the migration process: post-diasporic identities emerge from the shifting formations of intra- and international communities.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal, African and Black Diaspora.
Table of Contents
1. African-Caribbean women interrogating diaspora/post-diaspora
Suzanne Scafe and Leith Dunn
2. I am becoming my mother: (post)diaspora, local entanglements and entangled locals
3. Picturing theory: Nicole Awai’s black ooze as post-diaspora expression
4. Four women, for women: Caribbean diaspora artists reimag(in)ing the fine art canon
Carol Ann Dixon
5. From migrant to settler and the making of a Black community: an autoethnographic account
6. Poem: Cinders, 1965
7. Poem: Heat
8. Poem: The harbour
9. Poem: Slaves without slavers
10. African-Caribbean women, (post)? Diaspora, and the meaning of home
11. ‘There is such a shelter in each other’: women looking for homes in Zadie Smith's White Teeth, On Beauty and NW
12. Locating black feminist resistance through diaspora and post-diaspora in Edwidge Danticat’s and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s short stories
13. ‘The interior of that relationship’: Navigating the heterosexual relational space in Erna Brodber’s short fiction
Suzanne Scafe is Visiting Professor at the Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories, University of Brighton, UK. She is the co-author of Heart of the Race (1985, 2018), Teaching Black Literature (1989), The Black Body in Europe (2007) and several articles and book chapters on Caribbean and Black British writers.
Leith Dunn is Sociologist, Gender Specialist and is former Senior Lecturer/Head of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies Mona Campus Unit at The University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Her research and publications include several books, book chapters and policy reports on Caribbean women, gender equality, migration, human trafficking, and climate change.