Jafari S. Allen is an associate professor of African American studies and anthropology and director of graduate studies of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Yale University. He is the author of ¡Venceremos? The Erotics of Black Self-Making in Cuba (2011) and editor of “Black/Queer/Diaspora,” a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. He is currently completing a new book, “Black/Queer Here and There: Ethnography of an Idea.”
Ewan Atkinson, born in Barbados in 1975, received a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art and an MA in cultural studies from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. He has exhibited in regional and international exhibitions, including “Wrestling with the Image: Caribbean Interventions,” at the Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC, in 2011; the 2010 Liverpool Biennial; and “Infinite Islands,” at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, 2007. For the past seven years his work has revolved around a fictional community and its residents—the Neighbourhood Project—which explores the development of narrative and character and the production of meaning. Roleplay and theatricality are important aspects of the work. Fictional characters “played” by the artist are the tools with which blurred histories and cryptic relationships are illustrated. Recent work has been primarily Web-based, appearing in the form of a serialized visual blog (theneighbourhoodreport.tumblr.com). He is the coordinator of the BFA in studio art at the Barbados Community College, where he cofounded the Punch Creative Arena, an initiative that aims to foster creative action.
Maxime Cervulle is a lecturer in media and cultural studies at the University of Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis and researcher at the Centre d’études sur les médias, les technologies et l’internationalisation. He is the author of Dans le blanc des yeux: Diversité, racisme et medias (2013) and the coauthor (with N. Rees-Roberts) of Homo exoticus: Race, classe et critique queer (2010) and (with N. Quemener) Cultural studies: Théories et méthodes (forthcoming).
Victoria J. Collis-Buthelezi is a lecturer in English at the University of Cape Town. She cofounded the Diaspora Working Group, a research platform for scholars of African diaspora studies from the Southern Hemisphere. Her book project, “Empire, Nation, Diaspora: Cape Town and Constituting a Black Archive,” asks us to refigure the “black archive” through discarded imagined futures, one of which centers around Cape Town and the British Empire.
Michaeline A. Crichlow is a historical sociologist in the Departments of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Duke University. She serves as the chief editor of the Sage [End Page 178] journal Cultural Dynamics: Insurgent Scholarship on Culture, Politics, and Power. She is currently coediting a special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly on Aimé Césaire and completing a book on governmentalities and development in the Dominican Republic.
Fayçal Falaky is an associate professor of French at Tulane University, where he specializes in eighteenth-century French literature, culture, and politics. He has published articles in journals such as Forum for Modern Language Studies, Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies, and European Journal of Political Theory. He is the author of Social Contract, Masochist Contract: Aesthetics of Freedom and Submission in Rousseau (2014).
Andil Gosine (whose work also appears on the cover of this issue) is a writer and artist who is currently an associate professor at York University, Toronto, where he teaches courses in contemporary cultural studies. Coauthor (with Cheryl Teelucksingh) of Environmental Justice and Racism in Canada: An Introduction (2008), his research has been published in several journals, including Sexualities, Topia Journal of Cultural Studies, Social Justice, International Feminist Journal of Politics, and Alternatives. He edited the groundbreaking “Sexualities” issue of the Caribbean Review of Gender Studies. Gosine is also a contributor to the scholarly anthologies Queer Ecology, Queer Online, Queer Youth Cultures, and Queerly Canadian. He debuted his Wardrobes collection at the New York Fashion Institute of Technology in 2011. Over the three subsequent years, each textile or metal object was adapted to performances staged in Toronto or New York: Cutlass, Rum and Roti (Made...