session 1 – the digital in the Caribbean

Schuyler Esprit, Kevin Adonis Browne, Alex Gil

In anticipation of “The Caribbean Digital V,” to be held in Trinidad-and-Tobago in December 2017, panelists Schuyler Esprit and Kevin Adonis Browne offer their perspective on the state of the Caribbean Digital in the space of the Caribbean. Working with an eye to the transnational, but firmly anchored in the public and academic spheres of Dominica and Trinidad, respectively, Esprit and Browne are uniquely positioned to lead a conversation about the past, present, and future of existing of digital cultural and intellectual production in the Caribbean. The discussion will be moderated by Caribbeanist-theorist-librarian-technologist-unicorn Alex Gil.

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Schuyler Esprit is a writer and editor, research consultant, and youth advocate. She is the Director of Create Caribbean Research Institute at Dominica State College, the first Digital Humanities center in the Caribbean. She is a scholar of Caribbean literature and cultural studies, and postcolonial theory and has also taught and held professional positions at a number of universities in the United States. She has also worked as the Editor of Dominica’s longest running newspaper, The Chronicle. She is now completing her book, entitled “West Indian Readers: A Social History” and its digital companion, both of which are historical explorations of reading culture in the Caribbean. She has also written the introduction to the 2016 Papillote Press edition of The Orchid House, the 1953 novel by Dominican writer Phyllis Shand Allfrey. She is currently Dean of Academic Affairs at Dominica State College.

Kevin Adonis Browne is a writer, photographer, and rhetorical theorist. Operating primarily at the intersections of rhetoric, race, sexuality, and Caribbean culture, his research is oriented toward their collective establishment as a viable subfield in Rhetorical Studies. His work espouses a transnational vision for Caribbean expression and innovation, linking localized traditional practice to contemporary globalized–and digitized–discourses. He is the co-founder of the Caribbean Memory Project and the author of Tropic Tendencies: Rhetoric, Popular Culture, and the Anglophone Caribbean (Pittsburgh, 2013) and Between Still Life and Afterlife: Trinidad Carnival and the Imaging of Emancipatory Practice (Mississippi, 2018). He is based in Trinidad, where he lectures in the Department of Literary, Cultural, and Communication Studies at the University of the West Indies-St Augustine.

Alex Gil is Digital Scholarship Coordinator at Columbia University Libraries and Affiliate Faculty of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. His current projects include Ed, a digital platform for minimal editions of literary texts; Aimé Césaire and The Broken Record, a minimal computing experiment in long-form digital scholarship; and, In The Same Boats, a visualization of trans-Atlantic intersections of black intellectuals in the 20th century.