I need a new colleague!

I am very happy to announce that the University of Wisconsin-Madison is looking for a talented Africanist to join the Department of African Languages and Literature and the Transdisciplinary Global Music Studies initiative. Here’s the full announcement:

The Department of African Languages and Literature (ALL) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks an outstanding teacher-scholar for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 2015 in African and African diaspora cultural studies, with particular expertise in music studies. Ph.D. prior to start of appointment. The ideal candidate for this position will be an intellectually flexible scholar, well-versed in contemporary cultural, critical, or literary theory, who will be able to actively support the Department’s interest in the interdisciplinary study of African cultures. Additionally, the successful candidate will contribute to the interdepartmental initiatives in global music studies and African studies. Specialists in African popular music, African diaspora studies, sound studies, political/social theory, and/or critical race studies are particularly encouraged to apply. Teaching responsibilities will include offerings at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, with special courses devoted to the appointee’s areas of specialization. It is the department’s expectation that the successful candidate will become a vital member of the intellectual life of the Department of African Languages and Literature, a top- tier African Studies Program, the African Diaspora and Atlantic World Research Circle, and the Global Music Studies initiative. Service to the department, college, university, and academic community nationally or internationally is required.
Please send a cover letter summarizing research and teaching interests and experience, a CV, a research statement, a statement of teaching philosophy, a 15-25 page writing sample, and names and e-mail addresses of three referees. Letters of reference will be requested by the search committee in due course. All application materials should be submitted online at http://go.wisc.edu/4uk170 . If necessary, materials may also be sent as e-mail attachments to Professor Aliko Songolo (asongolo@wisc.edu), Chair, Department of African Languages & Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706. Please copy search committee co-chairs, Professors Tejumola Olaniyan (tolaniyan@wisc.edu) and Ronald Radano (rmradano@wisc.edu). To ensure full consideration, applications must be received no later than November 18, 2014. Additional information about this position is available at: http://go.wisc.edu/nd2rw8
Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. A criminal background check will be required prior to employment. The University of Wisconsin-Madison promotes excellence through diversity and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

Miami exhibit by Edouard Duval-Carrié reimagines the Caribbean of colonial times

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This article by Anne Tschida appeared in The Miami Herald.

The new works from Miami’s Edouard Duval-Carrié that hang in one room at Pérez Art Museum Miami are individually spectacular. As a whole, they make up an art salon that bridges hemispheres and cultures and, not incidentally, forms the most beautiful corner of Miami — at least through the summer.

Duval-Carrié’s work needs no introduction here. His paintings and sculptures have been on display indoors and outdoors for decades, making him one of Miami’s foremost artists. His Haitian roots are always present in his works, usually in telltale tropical colors, but within contemporary frameworks.

The fresh pieces that make up the current show “Imagined Landscapes” are a departure, although the hand behind them is still unmistakable.

Before going into details of the pieces, it needs to be emphasized that the feel, look and ambiance of the entirety of the…

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International Symposium: “Translating Creolization” (Call for Papers)

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Cave Hill, Barbados, May 27-29, 2015
Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature, Faculty of Humanities and Education, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus
Deadline for proposals: October 31, 2014

Following the era of decolonization, many Caribbean authors have become internationally renowned and their works have been translated into major world languages. Consciously and unconsciously Caribbean works are written expressions of creolization. A small number of academic journals such as TTR and Palimpsestes have published important volumes dedicated to translating the Caribbean region. This event aims both to build on the mostly literary exposition in these volumes and to (re)focus specifically on issues directly related to the translation of Caribbean Creole languages and cultures, both within and beyond the realm of literary expression.” What are the inherent pitfalls in translating creolization? Can, and should, the translation of creolization matter in a globalized world?To what extent can, and how should…

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Goodbye Philippe D’Huy

Je viens d’apprendre avec regrets le décès du guitariste guadeloupéen Philippe D’Huy. Voici quelques sons pour ceux qui n’ont pas eu la chance de l’entendre de son vivant. Et pour les autres, pour ses amis et sa famille, mes sincères condoléances.

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

Dominica, cross-country skiing, and Olympic tourism.

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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.

Dominica…

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Bonne année: Lettre ouverte à mes amis Guadeloupéens

Bonjour à tous!

Cela fait déjà six mois que je n’ai rien ajouté sur ce blog, au point où certains pourraient se demander si je n’avais pas tout simplement abandonner mes efforts. Il n’en est rien. La Guadeloupe, et la Caraïbe plus généralement, continuent d’être au centre de mes activités professionnelles, aussi bien au niveau de la recherche que de l’enseignement. Faisons le point.

L’année 2013 a été pleine de changements pour moi, le plus important étant ma nomination au poste d’assistant professor dans le département d’anthropologie à l’Université du Wisconsin-Madison. Suite à ma visite en Guadeloupe en Juillet, j’ai donc quitté, non sans quelques regrets, Los Angeles et UCLA et pris la longue route vers les Grands Lacs. La transition n’a pas été sans peine: nouveau boulot, nouvelle ville, nouveau climat, mais aussi, et c’est plus important, nouvelle discipline. N’ayant pas, à la base une formation d’anthropologue, il m’a fallu m’ajuster à de nouvelles façons de faire les choses, de nouvelles perspectives et de nouvelles conversations. Plus concrètement, il me faut maintenant créer de nouveaux cours qui ne portent pas nécessairement sur la musique. Comme vous pouvez l’imaginer tout cela ouvre l’esprit, crée de nouvelles opportunités, mais aussi prend du temps, ce qui m’a forcé à mettre de côté ce blog pour quelques mois.

Cependant la recherche continue. J’ai participé à un panel sur le patrimonialisation de la culture au congrès annuel de l’American Anthropological Association au mois de novembre à Chicago. Ma communication portait sur la dimension politique de l’inscription du gwoka sur la liste du PCI de l’UNESCO. Elle devrait débaucher sur un article pour la revue Journal of Heritage Studies. Je vous donnerai plus de détails dans un futur post.

Ma participation à AAA m’a aussi permis de renouer le dialogue avec l’anthropologue Yarimar Bonilla et ensemble de réfléchir sur la situation politique de la Guadeloupe et des autres territoires non-indépendents de la Caraïbe. Lors d’une excellent communication, Yari a posé la question suivante: « Peut-on envisager une forme de souveraineté pour les territoires colonisés qui ne soit pas forcément lié à la création d’un état-nation indépendant? » Je suis convaincu que la Guadeloupe, et plus particulièrement toutes les activités et débats autour du gwoka, offrent des pistes pour répondre à cette question. Je suis donc en train de l’intégrer cette à mon travail de rédaction de mon livre sur le gwoka qui va présenter son évolution comme expression d’abord nationaliste puis post-nationaliste, par quoi j’entend prendre en compte à la fois le désir d’établir une nation Guadeloupéenne et la réalité d’une appartenance à – et d’une dépendance envers – l’état français. La Guadeloupe peut-elle exister en temps que nation au sein de l’état français?

Plusieurs d’entre vous m’ont demandé d’écrire et de publier en français. Vous serez content d’apprendre que j’ai accepté d’écrire deux chapitres pour une Anthologie de la musique guadeloupéenne, publiée sous l’égide du Conseil Regional. Ces chapitres vont présenter deux aspects de ma recherche. Le premier porte sur le gwoka et le mouvement indépendantiste, mettant l’accent sur le travail novateur de Gérard Lockel. Le second se penche sur les liens, contestés ou revendiqués, entre le gwoka et le jazz au sein de ce que Paul Gilroy appelle l’Atlantique Noir.

Sinon, j’ai aussi des projets pour ce blog. En juillet dernier, Marie-Héléna Laumuno a accepté de faire un entretien avec moi où elle présente son travail sur le gwoka. Cet entretien sera publié ici prochainement. J’ai aussi un projet d’écrire un court essai qui reprenne les thèmes de l’article de Richard Price sur les petits lolos et la mondialisation. Qu’en est-il au 21eme siècle, alors que les grandes surfaces se multiplient en Guadeloupe et en Martinique et que la consommation est au centre des revendications sociales?

Voilà pour mes projets. Comme j’espère vous pouvez le voir, la Guadeloupe est peut être loin mais elle reste – et vous tous avec elle – au centre de mes préoccupations et de ma vie quotidienne. Je vous souhaite donc à tous une très bonne année en espérant qu’elle sera pleine d’opportunités pour nous de renouveler le dialogue que nous avons commencé il y a maintenant six ans lors de ma première visite à Sainte Anne.

Concours de photos: “Femmes des Outre-Mer”

Le ministère des outre-mer organisent un concours de photos pour promouvoir l’égalité entre les hommes et les femmes.

Pour info en français: http://www.outre-mer.gouv.fr/?participez-au-concours-photo-femmes-des-outre-mer-du-22-juillet-au-17.html

The French Overseas Ministry is organizing a photography contest to promote equality between men and women.

English-language description: http://repeatingislands.com/2013/07/23/photography-contest-femmes-des-outre-mer/

New Reference Book: Baila! A Bibliographic Guide to Afro-Latin Dance Musics from Mambo to Salsa

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bailaBaila! A Bibliographic Guide to Afro-Latin Dance Musics from Mambo to Salsa (2013) by John Gray is part of the Black Music Reference Series. See description below:

Description: This groundbreaking work, a companion to the author’s recent ADP title, Afro-Cuban-Music, picks up where that volume leaves off, focusing on the influence of Cuban popular music in the United States and the circum-Caribbean region as well as on a host of new hybrid and local styles from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Latin New York. The fruit of almost two decades of research it offers the first comprehensive survey to-date of the rich literature on commercial Latin dance musics and their associated dances.

A treasure trove of information, its 5300 entries document the history and evolution of numerous lesser-known regional styles such as Colombian champeta, Puerto Rican bomba y plena and Dominican bachata along with…

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XI International Seminar on Caribbean Studies in Cartagena

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The XI International Seminar on Caribbean Studies [Seminario internacional de estudios del Caribe], organized around the theme of “History, Culture and Regional Integration in the Caribbean,” will be held from July 29 to August 2, 2013, at the University of Cartagena (Claustro de San Agustín) in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

Description: This academic event, which has been held every two years for the past twenty years, has become the most important event on Caribbean issues in Colombia. The seminar seeks to address the need for the nation to rebuild its belonging as well as its historical, social, political, economic and cultural ties with the Caribbean Sea. The great achievement of this seminar was to create a network of scholars to study the formation of links between the peoples of the Caribbean and Caribbean identity construction, in addition to the structural processes that have configured the region.

The main objectives…

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