In this special issue of the JIWS, fourteen authors explore varying iterations of “Caribbeanness” and what it means to identify its specific cultural unity through diversity in literature, various forms of activism, and constructions of feminism, identity, femininity, masculinity, and sexuality.

Author Biography

Diana Fox is a professor and Chairperson, Department of Anthropology, Bridgewater State University. She is a cultural and applied anthropologist, scholar-activist, diversity consultant and documentary film producer. Her work focuses on the Anglophone Caribbean, particularly Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago where she researches issues of gender and sexual diversity, women’s social movement activism for ecological sustainability, women's human rights and transnational feminisms and activism. She is the Founder and Co-executive Editor of the open access, online Journal of International Women’s Studies. Dr. Fox is the executive producer of the documentary film, Earth, Water, Woman: Community and Sustainability in Trinidad and Tobago in conjunction with Sarafinaproductions. She is currently collaborating with J-FLAG, the first Jamaican LGBT human rights organization on a documentary titled LGBT Lives: Untold Stories of Survival and Resistance.

Allyson Salinger Ferrante is assistant professor in the English department at Bridgewater State University, where she teaches courses on pan-Caribbean literature, postcolonial literature and theory, and multicultural British literature. She is also the coordinator of BSU's Latin American and Caribbean Studies program and is delighted to teach its introductory interdisciplinary course, manage the minor, and organize events bringing the region to campus, helping to foster the next generation of Latin American and Caribbean scholars. Her research focuses on literary articulations of creolization that confound and work to dismantle the psychological remnants of colonialism; she is currently working on how the supernatural in Caribbean literature and culture functions as a tool of postcolonial resistance.