Ethnicity, Race and Gender in the Caribbean

Lateinamerika-Institut, FU Berlin, Rüdesheimer Str. 54-56, 14197 Berlin, Room 201.
Birte Timm / Claudia Rauhut
Birte Timm

Due to its heterogeneity and its long-standing history of colonialism, the Caribbean provides a rich field of research for questions related to ethnicity, race and gender in past and present. The workshop puts a spotlight on the greater Caribbean region, (i.e. the islands as well as the surrounding mainland countries in the Americas, including the Caribbean diaspora) as an under-researched area in the German academic landscape. We wish to assess current trends and new approaches in the interdisciplinary research on the Caribbean and to provide an exchange platform especially for young scholars who especially take transatlantic relations into consideration. We are particularly interested in empirically based approaches on social practices and arenas where processes of identity-building take place: religion, social and ethno-political movements, national discourses, cultural or artistic practices and manifestations.

The workshop is designed to be a stepping stone for establishing a sustainable and lasting network of scholars. It will allow for an exchange of views of junior scholars with regard to their current academic and aspired academic activities on the Caribbean. In order to provide a long-term platform for mutual exchange and information flow, we will launch a network-website, where members can showcase their research projects and areas of interest. This platform will inspire an ongoing dialogue with researchers from Europe and the Caribbean to ensure that we not only do research about the Caribbean but interact and cooperate with scholars from the region and engage in fruitful discussions.


9.00 Introduction (Birte Timm, Claudia Rauhut, Ingrid Kummels)

9.30-11.00 Panel 1: Colonial and Postcolonial Configurations: Changing Meanings of Race and Gender

9.30 Phillipp Krämer (Universität Potsdam) / Magdalena von Sicard (HU Berlin): Creole Proverbs: A Window to a Collective State of Mind? From 19th Century Racial Theory to Current Reflection

9.45 Ilaria Berti (Università degli Studi di Genova): Gender and Race. The Culture of Slenderness of the Europeans and the North Americans in the Caribbean during the 19th Century

10.00 Corinna Di Stefano (Universität Köln): “Daughters of the Freeport” – Change in Gender Relations on San Andrés Island during its Process of Ethnicization, 1953-1991

10.45-11.00 Coffee Break

11.00-12.30 Panel 2: Racial and Ethnic Complexities of Postcolonial Nationbuilding

11.00 Oliver Gliech (FU Berlin): Why Did the Haitian Nation Building Fail?

11.15 Tobias Schwarz (Universität Köln): (De)Naturalisations in Venezuela & the Dominican Republic

11.30 Katharina Hauber: (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg): Haitian Students in Dominican Republic

11.45 Hakim Williams (Gettysburg College, Penn): School Violence in Trinidad and Tobago

12.30-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.15 Panel 3: Countercultures - Performance, Art and Religion

14.00 Yvonne Wöhner (FU Berlin): The Cuban Diaspora in Miami

14.15 Julia Roth (FU Berlin): New Caribbean Feminism: Las Krudas Cubensi and Caribbean Queer Diaspora Hip Hop”

14.30 David Frohnapfel (FU Berlin): ‘Opaque Curation: The Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince’

15.15-15.30 Coffee Break

15.30-17.00 Panel 4: Identity and Belonging in the Diaspora

15.30 Janika Takats (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt-Oder): “Changing Identities – Jamaicans in the Diaspora”

15.45 Ilja Labischinski (FU Berlin): The Muslim Community of La Habana

16.00 Beverly Daniel (University of London): Ethnicity, Race and Gender in the Caribbean: Caribbean Cultural Tradition in Britain Since the 1940's: “Reggae Gone Global"

16.15 Beate Kerpen (University of Trier): (Re)Inscribing the Hymen: Constructions of Black Femininity in the Haitian Diaspora. Edwidge Danticat’s Breath. Eyes. Memory

17.00-18.00 Final Discussion and Networking

Gefördert durch Frauenfördermittel des Fachbereiches Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften der Freien Universität Berlin


Ethnicity, Race and Gender in the Caribbean, 15.02.2013 Berlin, in: H-Soz-Kult, 04.02.2013, <>.