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Caribbean studies in Grenada

January 7, 2013

:: by Groundation Co-Founders ::

The Caribbean Studies Association is having its 38th annual Conference in Grenada at the Grand Beach Resort in Grenada from June 3rd to 7th.The theme of the Conference is Caribbean Spaces and Institutions: Contesting Paradigms of “Development” in the 21st Century.

The Association invited papers for the conference and we, the founders of Groundation Grenada, submitted two individual abstracts. Fingers crossed to see if we get in!


We have been informed that publishing the abstracts at this stage may disqualify us so we removed them. Just so you have a sense of what we are hoping to present about here is some info. Richie’s proposed paper title is, “This Queer Idea – Exploring Homophobia in the Caribbean and the way it Impedes our Development”. It seeks to explore through legal and social analysis the expanding definitions of development to include non-material elements and the ways that homophobia is incongruous with this new conceptualization. Malaika’s  proposed paper is “Virtual Reality: Critical reflections on Groundation Grenada & other online  Caribbean creative spaces.” This paper was submitted as part of a collaborative panel, “Grounding ourselves in Fresh Milk, Peace and Soul – Artist-led initiatives lead the way”. The panel comprises four founders of artists led spaces and initiatives including DJ Afifa Aza, founder of SO((U))L HQ in Jamaica, visual artist and creative activist; Annalee Davis, the founder of the Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc. in Barbados; peaceworker and painter, Maureen St. Clair, the co-founder of the Harford Village Peace Youth Leaders in Grenada and visual art/activist, Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe, co-founder of Groundation Grenada.

Annalee Davis, founder of Fresh Milk, with Dr. Daryl Harris of Northern Kentucky University, Theatre Department.

Annalee Davis, founder of Fresh Milk, with Dr. Daryl Harris of Northern Kentucky University, Theatre Department.

Stacey Ann Chin skyping into SO((U))L HQ in Jamaica.

Stacey Ann Chin skyping into SO((U))L HQ in Jamaica.

Some of the Harford Village Peace Leaders in their community center.

Some of the Harford Village Peace Leaders in their community center.


Richie_MaitlandRichie Maitland
Editor/Co-Founder Groundation Grenada
Never far from the open pages of a book, Richie Maitland is a lyricist and literary at heart. Using his inherently creative approach he tackles issues of social empowerment and justice as a matter of course. He attended T.A. Marryshow Community College then taught a Presentation Brothers College before completing his Bachelor of Laws Degree at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill, Barbados. He completed his legal training at the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad, graduating in 2012. He currently practices as an Attorney-at-Law at Ciboney Chambers.

Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe
Editor/Co-Founder Groundation Grenada

Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe is a Grenadian contemporary artist and activist. She is director of public Relations at The Grenada Goat Dairy Project. She is also co-founder of Spice Harmony Yoga Studio in Calivigny St.George, Grenada. Malaika is a certified yoga teacher, holds a BA in Studio Art from Smith College and is pursuing her MA in Cultural Studies through University of the West Indies.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 7, 2013 8:16 am

    I am encouraged to see such diverse topics brought to the forefront. The next step to moving forward will be when the abstracts are accepted. All the best.

    • Groundation Grenada Action Collective permalink*
      January 7, 2013 9:53 am

      Thank you Heather! We look forward to hearing back but we are confident that we are adding unique elements to the debate.

  2. January 7, 2013 8:28 am

    Interesting read. I’m happy to see fellow Grenadians taking initiative to contribute in environments like these (CSA). I too submitted an abstract for review. A sample can be found here

    • Groundation Grenada Action Collective permalink*
      January 7, 2013 9:53 am

      Thanks for sharing. Good luck, we would love to hear the full paper presented. It is part of a critical dialogue about power and economy.

      • January 7, 2013 9:58 am

        Indeed it is. Thank you for the response and i’d like to extent commendation to the Groundation Grenada team for getting this platform going. Looking forward to continued participation in anyway i can

      • Groundation Grenada Action Collective permalink*
        January 7, 2013 10:01 am

        Well we are always open to new Groundation Writers. We just sent out our editorial calendar this morning giving people the option to sign up for submission dates for the first quarter. If you are interested check out our “Become a Groundation Writer” link above and contact us. This is a great way to build traffic on your own blog as you can share links in your ‘bio’ at the end of your posts.

      • January 7, 2013 10:04 am

        Thank you for sharing the opportunity. I will have a look at it.

  3. Kadie! permalink
    January 7, 2013 10:06 am

    Well now self Mansah et al will throw a hissy fit .. LOL!

    Love the topics you guys will explore. The conversation is needed. I encourage you to contact Tesfa Peterson on Facebook as she is pursuing studies on Caribbean masculinity. We should definitely hold an unofficial round table when you visit.

    Will the conference be live-streamed and will the papers be available to the public post-conference?

  4. January 7, 2013 3:10 pm

    Reblogged this on RD Revilo.


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