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Decentring the
 Newspaper Columnist: 
Reflections on Feminist Engagement and Public Intellectual Work in the Caribbean

Thursday, October 18, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Mackintosh-Corry Hall
Room: D214
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Join SNID for a talk by Dr. Alissa Trotz entitled "Decentring the Newspaper Columnist: Reflections on Feminist Engagement and Public Intellectual Work in the Caribbean."


This presentation reflects on questions posed to academics who write regular newspaper columns:  What sort of bridge does this represent across our academic and public intellectual lives? What kinds of speech are authorized? How might our intellectual interventions traverse or interrupt spaces of nation, region and diaspora? What might it mean to decenter the columnist?  Drawing on her experience over the past decade editing the 'In the Diaspora' column in the Stabroek News, Guyana, Alissa Trotz will address the historical context for the column, outline some of the political-intellectual-ethical principles shaping our endeavour, and offer thoughts about some of the challenges of public intellectual interventions that remind us that this is always unfinished work.  



Alissa Trotz is an Associate Professor in Women and Gender Studies, and Director of the undergraduate Caribbean Studies Program at New College.
Her research interests draw on the Caribbean and its diasporas as a point of departure for exploring the wider resonance of questions that emerge from the incredibly complex site of colonial encounter that comprises this region. She also edits a weekly column, In the Diaspora, in a Guyanese daily The Stabroek News.


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