Keynote Lectures

Mimi Sheller

14 October 2015 - 10:30
Approaches in Caribbean Studies: A Critical Look on Mobility Studies

Mimi Sheller is Professor of Sociology and founding Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University. She is founding co-editor of the journal Mobilities; Associate Editor of the journal Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies; and serves on the Scientific Board of the Mobile Lives Forum, SNCF, France. She also serves on the editorial boards of Cultural Sociology and the International Journal of African and Black Diaspora Studies. She has held recent Visiting Fellowships at the Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University (2008-09); Media@McGill in Montreal, Canada (2009); the Center for Mobility and Urban Studies at Aalborg University, Denmark (2009); and the Penn Humanities Forum (on Virtuality) at the University of Pennsylvania (2010-11).

She is the author of several books and numerous articles in the field of Caribbean Studies, including Democracy After Slavery (Macmillan, 2000); Consuming the Caribbean (Routledge, 2003); and Citizenship from Below (Duke University Press, 2012). As co-editor, with John Urry, of Mobile Technologies of the City (Routledge, 2006), Tourism Mobilities (Routledge, 2004), and a special issue of the journal Environment and Planning A on ‘Materialities and Mobilities’, she helped to establish the new field of mobilities research. Her work in progress includes the forthcoming book Aluminum Dreams: Lightness, Speed and Modernity (MIT Press, 2014); the co-edited volume Handbook of Mobilities (Routledge, 2013); the co-edited book Local and Mobile; and a special issue of Leonardo Electronic Almanac on mobile locative art.


Jean Stubbs

15 October 2015 - 19:30
Politics and Knowledge: How the Havana Cigar Went Global

Jean Stubbs is Co-Director of the Commodities of Empire British Academy Research Project (2007-2017), in collaboration with the Open University’s Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies; Associate Fellow of the Institute of the Americas, University College London, and Bader International Study Centre (BISC-UK), Queen’s University, Canada; and Professor Emerita of London Metropolitan University, where she directed the Caribbean Studies Centre (2002-2009). The recipient of Rockefeller, Ford, and McArthur funding as a visiting scholar at the University of Florida, Florida International University, University of Puerto Rico, and City University of New York, she returned to the University of Florida as the Center for Latin American Studies 2011 Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar. She was Fall 2012 Semester Scholar-in-Residence at BISC-UK, convening the special topics course ‘Global Issues of the 21st Century: Commodities, Globalisation and Migration in Comparative Perspective’, and returns there in Winter 2014. She was elected member of the Academy of History of Cuba (2012) and awarded the UNESCO Toussaint L’Ouverture Medal (2009) for her services in combating racism and promoting diversity, and she served as president of the Caribbean Studies Association (2002-3) and chair of the U.K. Society for Caribbean Studies (1993-5). She was the founding editor of the International Journal of Cuban Studies (2008-9) and guest-editor with Dr Catherine Krull (Queen’s University, Canada) of the themed women and gender issue of Cuban Studies 42 (2011); and has published widely on Cuba, her specialist interests spanning tobacco, labour, gender, race and migration. She is currently completing research on ‘the offshore Havana cigar’ and is co-researcher with Dr Krull on The New Cuban Diaspora in Canada and Western Europe (2011-2014), a collaborative project funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.


Corinne Mencé-Caster

16 October 2015 - 16:30
Nouvelles archives numériques des cultures antillaises (New Digital Archives of Antillean Cultures)

Corinne Mencé-Caster is professor of Spanish linguistics and translation studies. Up until her election as president of Université des Antilles (UAG) in 2013, she has served as dean to the Schoelcher faculty of letters and the humanities. She has been involved in the administration and organization of the various branches of Université des Antilles. She has published on Spanish grammar and literature of the Middle Ages, as well as intercultural questions of Hispanic, Antillean and American cultures. 

Ineke Phaf-Rheinberger

17 October 2015 - 11:15
The Caribbean in History, as a Virtual Presence, and in Contemporary Writings

Dr. Ineke Phaf-Rheinberger is an independent scholar based in Berlin (Germany). She is currently working on the project „En route“, comparing literature and cultural history of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking Africa and Latin America. This project was temporarily financed by the German Research Foundation and associated with the Seminar of African Sciences, in the Institute of Asian- and African Sciences at Humboldt University, Berlin.

Recent publications include:

  • Michael Mann & Ineke Phaf-Rheinberger (ed.): Beyond the Line. Cultural Narratives of the Southern Oceans. Berlin: Neofelis 2014.
  • Babacar FALL, Ineke PHAF-RHEINBERGER & Andreas ECKERT (eds.): Travail et culture dans un monde globalisé. De l’Afrique à l’Amérique latine / Work and Culture in a Globalized World. From Africa to Latin America. Paris et Berlin, Karthala & Re : work, 2015.
  • “Wan Tru Puwema” – La actualidad del Cimarronaje en su relación con la literatura no-hispana del Caribe. In: Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, XLI, 81 (1 semestre 2015), pp. 129-148.