Conference: Islands,Images, Imaginaries

April 1-2, 2011
Duke University



–Presenter Bios

–Readings for Sessions



Elizabeth DeLoughrey, UCLA

Aisha Khan, NYU

Nilo Palenzuela, Universidad de La Laguna, Canary Islands






9:45 – 10am
Introductory remarks
Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián, Michaeline Crichlow, and Sean Metzger, Duke University

Session 1
Elizabeth DeLoughrey, UCLA
From Atoms to Islands: Ecosystem Ecologies
Respondent/Facilitator: Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián, Duke University

Coffee break

Session 2
Leah Rosenberg, University of Florida and National Humanities Center
Calypso in the World/Island in the Sun


Session 3
Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián, Duke University
Still Islands: On Fixity, Point of View, and Desire in Wolfgang Tillmans

Coffee break

Session 4
Aisha Khan, NYU
Whose Stories Are We Telling? Qualifying Caribbean Cosmopolitanism
Respondent/facilitator: Sean Metzger, Duke University

Concluding remarks
Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián, Michaeline Crichlow, and Sean Metzger,
Duke University

Symposium dinner
The home of Michaeline Crichlow




Session 5
Nilo Palenzuela, Universidad de La Laguna, Canary Islands
Entre Horizontes Insulares / Among Insular Horizons
Respondent/facilitator: Michaeline Crichlow, Duke University

Coffee break

Session 6
Round Table

Concluding remarks



Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián was Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Duke University. He now lectures on Caribbean texts and visual culture, the historical avant-gardes, and colonial Latin America, at Durham University in the UK. His research interests include visual, gender, and race theories of the Hispanic and Francophone Caribbean and the modern Atlantic. He has published articles on Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Canary Islands, and Atlantic studies. He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled On Tropical Grounds. Insularity and the Avant-Garde in the Caribbean and the Canary Islands.

Michaeline A. Crichlow, is a Professor of Global/Caribbean Studies in the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University. She is the author (with Patricia Northover) of Globalization and the Post-Creole Imagination: Notes of Fleeing the Plantation (2009); Negotiating Caribbean Freedom: Peasants and the State in Development(2005); Co-Editor of a special issue of the journal Cultural Dynamics on Race, Space and Place: The Making and Unmaking of Freedoms in the Atlantic World, (November 2009), Guest Editor of the issue, Carnival Crossfire: Art, Culture, Politics of the journal Social Identities: Journal of Race, Nation and Culture (July 2010); and Co-editor of Informalization: Process and Structure (2000).  She has published articles on development and creolization in several journals. She is currently writing on citizenship and development under globalization in Fiji, Jamaica, the D.R. (Haiti) and South Africa.

Elizabeth DeLoughrey is an associate professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of Routes and Roots: Navigating Caribbean and Pacific Island Literatures (University of Hawaii Press, 2007) and coeditor, with Renée Gosson and George Handley, of Caribbean Literature and the Environment: Between Nature and Culture (University of Virginia Press, 2005). She recently edited a special issue about island literatures for the Australian Journal, New Literatures Review, and is the coeditor, with George Handley, of the collection Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Aisha Khan teaches anthropology at New York University. Focusing on the Atlantic World, and inparticular the Anglophone Caribbean, she works on race and ethnicity, Asian and African diasporas, religion, and postcolonial societies. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork among the Garifuna (Black Carib) in Honduras, among Muslims and Hindus in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and for her latest ethnographic book project, with grassroots women’s organizations in Guyana. She has published numerous articles on creolization, race, and diaspora, the monograph Callaloo Nation: Metaphors of Race and Religious Identity among South Asians in Trinidad (2004, Duke University Press), and is currently working on Sacred Subversions (with Harvard University Press). Her edited volumes include Empirical Futures: Anthropologists andHistorians Engage the Work of Sidney W. Mintz (2009,University of North Carolina Press) and Islam and the Atlantic World (in progress, University Press of Florida).

Sean Metzger was an Assistant Professor of English and Theatre Studies at Duke University, where he was also affiliated with Arts of the Moving Image, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Women’s Studies. He has co-edited two volumes: Futures of Chinese Cinema: Technologies and Temporalities in Chinese Screen Cultures (Intellect, 2009) with Olivia Khoo and Embodying Asian American Sexualities (Lexington, 2009) with Gina Masequesmay. He has also a co-edited a special issue of the Journal Cultural Dynamics (Nov 2009) with Michaeline Crichlow.

Nilo Palenzuela is a writer and Professor of Literature at the University of La Laguna (Canary Islands).  His research areas are Spanish Literature, Contemporary Latin American Poetry, Insular Art and Literature, and Contemporary Art.  He participates regularly in conferences on art, literature and philosophy.  His selected publications include: Visiones de “Gaceta de Arte” (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1999), Los hijos de Nemrod: Babel y los escritores del Siglo de Oro (Madrid, 2000), “El Hijo Pródigo” y los exiliados españoles (Madrid, 2001), Encrucijadas de un insulario (Tenerife, 2006), Moradas del intérprete (México D.F.-Madrid, 2007), Hendiduras sin nombre (images by José Herrera, Mérida, 2008), La cámara oscura (photographs by Carlos Schwartz, 2009). He has also worked as co-curator of the exhibition, Horizontes Insulares / Insular Horizons, travelling internationally in 2011 (Canary Islands, Madeira, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Martinique).

Leah Rosenberg is associate professor of English at the University of Florida and author of Nationalism and the Formation of Caribbean Literature (2007). She is currently a fellow at the National Humanities Center, where is working on a book about the influence of tourism on Caribbean literature. She serves on the academic advisory board for the Digital Library of the Caribbean ( ).

The Symposium will be held at the Franklin Humanities Institute Garage, C105, Bay 4, 1st Floor, Smith Warehouse for directions and map click here.

To register and to obtain a full schedule and readings please send an email to Kaila Brown at


Readings for DeLoughrey’s session

Elizabeth DeLoughrey, “From Atoms to Islands: ecosystem Ecologies”

DeLoughrey, Intro to “Routes and Roots”


Readings for Khan’s session


Aisha Khan “Whose Stories Are We Telling?” Qualifying Caribbean Cosmopolitanism”

Hall, globalization interview

Ho, “Empire Through Diasporic Eyes”


Readings for Palenzuela’s session

Nilo Palenzuela’s abstract “Entre Horizontes Insulares”, Spanish version

• Nilo Palenzuela’s abstract “Among Insular Horizons”, English translation

• Nilo Palenzuela’s “Among Insular Horizons”, English translation


Readings for Rosenberg’s session

Leah Rosenberg’s “Calypso in the World/Island in the Sun”

Major funding for this event was provided by Duke’s Visual Studies Initiative with additional support from the departments of African and African American Studies, English, and Romance Studies, the Center for International Studies and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

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