Enseignement: Cours sur la Caraïbe / Teaching: Caribbean Studies Courses

Quelqu’un m’a demandé par email des détails sur les cours que j’enseigne actuellement, surtout ceux axés sur la Caraïbe. Cette année, j’ai le plaisir d’enseigner deux séminaires portant justement sur cette région. Le premier est une introduction à l’étude de la Caraïbe étant destiné à des étudiants en quatrième année ou en doctorat d’anthropologie. Le deuxième est un séminaire pour doctorants en anthropologie et ethnomusicologie. Le cours explore les concepts de creolization et diaspora à travers l’étude des musiques de la Caraïbe. Je partage ici mes plans de cours, desquels j’ai effacé tous les détails d’ordre bureaucratique. Je tiens particulièrement à remercier mes collègues Kathe Managan (Louisiana State University), Yarimar Bonilla (Rutgers University), Bertin Louis (University of Tennessee) et Jerry Wever (Spelman College) qui m’ont beaucoup aider dans l’élaboration de ces listes de lecture.

Someone asked me recently via email to share some information about the Caribbean-related courses that I am currently teaching. This year, I am lucky to teach two seminars that are actually focused on this region. The first is an introduction to Caribbean studies aimed mainly at seniors and graduate students in anthropology. The second is a graduate seminar for ethnomusicology and anthropology students. It explores the concepts of creolization and diaspora through a study of Caribbean music. I share both syllabi here, cleaned of all bureaucratic details. I must take this opportunity to thank my colleagues Kathe Managan (Louisiana State University), Yarimar Bonilla (Rutgers University), Bertin Louis (University of Tennessee), and Jerry Wever (Spelman College) who have shared much insight with me as I put together these reading lists.

Intro to the Caribbean Syllabus Public

Caribbean Music Syllabus Public

NYT’s Sochi 2014: Caribbean Newcomers Dip Their Toes in the Snow

Dominica, cross-country skiing, and Olympic tourism.

Repeating Islands


When Dominica, a tiny Caribbean nation, makes its Winter Olympic debut on Friday, the cross-country skier carrying its flag at the opening ceremony will be a wealthy former investment fund manager from Staten Island who never tried cross-country skiing until after his 30th birthday, Christopher Clarey reports for The New York Times.

Now, after an intricate chain of events and a great deal of paperwork and world travel, Gary di Silvestri is a first-time Olympian at 47.

“Our story is different, definitely different,” di Silvestri said in an interview from Montana last week before arriving in Sochi.

The story includes his Italian-born wife, Angelica Morrone di Silvestri. At 48, she is the other member of the first Winter Olympic team from Dominica and is about to become the oldest woman to compete in Olympic cross-country skiing, far surpassing Norway’s Hilde Gjermundshaug, who was 41 in Turin in 2006.


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