Kaiama L. Glover (Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies, Barnard College/Columbia University) specializes in francophone postcolonial literature with a particular focus on the Caribbean. She is the author of Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon (Liverpool UP, 2010), a study of canon formation in the French-speaking Caribbean. Her current project addresses womanhood and the ethics of self-care in Caribbean prose fiction. Kaiama is co-editor of Translating the Caribbean, an ongoing series of critical essays on translation in the Americas published in Small Axe; co-editor of Revisiting Marie Vieux Chauvet: Paradoxes of the Postcolonial Feminine, forthcoming as a special issue of Yale French Studies; and co-editor of The Haiti Exception: Anthropology and the Predicaments of Narrative, forthcoming with Liverpool UP. She is also the co-founder and co-coordinator of the Transnational and Transcolonial Caribbean Studies Research Group.
Kelly Baker Josephs (Associate Professor of English, York College/CUNY) specializes in World Anglophone Literature with an emphasis on Caribbean Literature. She teaches courses in Anglophone Caribbean Literature, Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Literatures of the African Diaspora, and Gender Studies. Her book, Disturbers of the Peace: Representations of Insanity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature (University of Virginia Press, 2013), considers the ubiquity of madmen and madwomen in Caribbean literature between 1959 and 1980. She is the editor of sx salon: a small axe literary platform and manages The Caribbean Commons website. Her current project, Caribbean Articulations: Storytelling in a Digital Age, explores the intersections between new technologies and Caribbean cultural production.
Alex Gil (Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Humanities and History Division, Columbia University Libraries, and Affiliate Faculty in the English and Comparative Literature Department, Columbia University) specializes in twentieth-century Caribbean literature and Digital Humanities, with an emphasis on textual studies. He has published in journals in Canada, France and the United States, while sustaining an open and robust online research presence. In 2010-2012 he was a fellow at the Scholars’ Lab and NINES at the University of Virginia. He now serves as vice-chair of the Global Outlook::Digital Humanities initiative and is actively engaged in several digital humanities projects in New York City and around the world. He is also the organizer of the THATCamp Caribe series, an unconference series focusing on the digital humanities and held in the Caribbean.
The Caribbean Digital is grateful for support received from the Center for the Study of Social Difference, the Barnard College Africana Studies Department, the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, the Maison Française, the Center for the Greater Caribbean, the Forum on Migration, the Digital Humanities Center, and the Small Axe Project. We are grateful to artist Jeannette Ehlers for permission to use stills from her performance piece “Whip It Good” in conjunction with this event. We also thank Columbia University doctoral candidate in Art History Yasmine Espert for her immense organizational support.