Cultural Mobilities Between Africa and the Caribbean
This book investigates the cultural connections between Africa and the Caribbean, using the lens of Mobility Studies to tease out the shared experiences between these highly diverse parts of the world.
Despite their heterogeneity in terms of cultures, languages, and political and economic histories, the connections between the African continent and the Caribbean are manifold, stretching back to the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The authors in this book look to the past as well as to the present, focusing on the manifold mobile connections between the regions’ subjects, objects, ideas, texts, images, sounds, and beliefs. In doing so, the book demonstrates that mobility extends beyond just the movement of people, and that we can also see mobility in objects and ideas, travelling either in a material sense or in imaginary terms, in physical as well as in virtual spaces.
Bringing the transdisciplinary fields of African Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Mobility Studies into dialogue, this book will be of interest to students and scholars across the humanities and social sciences.
Table of Contents
Foreword: Forging a New Approach to African-Caribbean Mobilities 1. Cultural Mobilities Between Africa and the Caribbean: Introduction 2. A Mobile Scholar Across the Atlantic: The Guyanese Historian-Activist Walter Rodney (1942–1980) as an Intellectual Nexus Between the Caribbean and Africa 3. "REPATRIATION: YES! MIGRATION: NO!" Back-to-Africa in Rastafarian Thought and Practice 4. Being Shashamane Sew: Second-Generation Caribbean Rastafari in Multicultural Ethiopia 5. "I’m Hungry for Connection": Artistic Collectivity and Ceremonial Encounters in African-Caribbean Relations 6. The Routes of Soundpoems: Nation Language in Central America 7. Moving Spirits, Shifting Bodies: Connecting Africa and the Caribbean in Literature 8. Zombie Travels: Middle Passage Journeys and Clandestine Migrant Mobilities in Contemporary Francophone African and Afrodiasporic Fiction 9. "Don’t Get Too Comfortable": Regimes of Motility in Shailja Patel’s Migritude 10. Homegoing: A Personal Reflection on Shared Experiences within Yoruba and Jamaican Heritage
Birgit Englert is Associate Professor in African History and Society at the Department of African Studies, University of Vienna, and a key researcher of the Research Platform Mobile Cultures and Societies.
Barbara Gföllner is a scholar of American Studies and French Studies at the University of Vienna and a member of the Research Platform Mobile Cultures and Societies.
Sigrid Thomsen is a scholar of Comparative Literature and American Studies at the University of Vienna and a member of the Research Platform Mobile Cultures and Societies.