Guest Lecturer

Prof Christopher Larkosh of the University of Massachusetts at Darmouth gave a lecture on Contemporary Goan Women Writing. Prof Larkosh looked at Goan writers Sonia Faleiro and Margaret Mascarenhas. As global literary networks and markets change and reconnect along new lines, Goan women writers have adapted to this change, writing in English about lives in global migration and in contact with the lived realities of cultures from across India. The lecture took place on Wednesday 18 January at 3:00 p.m. in the CLL Lecture Room.

Associate Professor of Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth, Prof Larkosh is a multilingual scholar in both research interests and teaching as well as in everyday practice, he has published and lectured around the world in a number of global languages, not only in relation to Portuguese-speaking cultures, but also others including Quebec, Argentina, Italy, France, Germany, Turkey, South and East Asia, as well as on the translational, transcultural and non-normative gendered interactions between them. He is Director of Tagus Press, publisher of books on the Lusophone world, co-Editor of the academic journal Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies, Translator, and Researcher on global cultures, including South Asia.

Prof Larkosh edited the recent collected volume Re-Engendering Translation: Transcultural Practice, Gender/Sexuality and the Politics of Alterity (London/New York: St. Jerome/Routledge, 2011) He is also currently working on a book on the cultural interactions between Lusophone and Asian cultures in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, as well as contributing to two research teams in translation studies: one on global translations of Frantz Fanon based at the University of Nottingham in the UK, and another on histories of translation and gender in Romance literary traditions at the University of Erlangen in Germany.

2013- 2014


Fulbright Scholar

Our Fulbright Scholar in Speech-Language Pathology, Dr Charlotte Molrine was on staff for Semester 2 of 2013-2014. Dr Molrine taught in the Speech-Language Pathology programme.


2012 - 2013

Guest Lecturer

The Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency José Serulle Ramia, delivered a lecture entitled “Historia de la República Dominicana” on Wednesday 27th February 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Auditorium of the Centre for Language Learning.

Guest Lecturer

Professor Fátima MARINHO, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Arts, University of Porto, visited the St Augustine and Cave Hill campuses of The University of the West Indies to deepen and strengthen the agreement between the two universities. At St Augustine, Prof Marinho gave two guest lectures on 28 and 29 January 2013 on the relationship between texts and events. The first, entitled, "Romanticism and National Identity" was given to the FREN 2605 (The French Novel of the 19th Century) class of Dr Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw, and the second was entitled "The Past: A Fictional Construction?". Read the abstracts here.


Professor Marinho was born in Porto. She graduated in Romance Languages from Faculty of the Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto, where she has taught 19th and 20th century Portuguese literature since 1976. In 1987, she obtained her Doctorate with a thesis on Surrealism in Portugal. She is now Full Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. In recent years, she has focused on the Portuguese historical novel of 19th and 20th centuries. Read an interview with Professor Marinho and listen to another on TVU of UPorto.

2011 - 2012

Guest Lecturer

During the month of April 2012, Dr Myriam J.A. CHANCYwas the Writer-in-Residence for the MFA in Creative Writing programme in the then Department of Liberal Arts. Dr Chancy shared from her work at the second annual NGC Bocas Lit Fest, from 26 to 29 April 2012, at NALIS, Port-of-Spain.


Dr Chancy was also a guest of Modern Languages (French) at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.


Dr Chancy is a Haitian-Canadian writer born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and raised there and subsequently in Canada. After obtaining her BA in English/Philosophy (4-YR ADV, with Honours), from the University of Manitoba (1989) and her MA in English Literature from Dalhousie University (1990), she completed her PhD in English at the University of Iowa (1994). In 1997, she was awarded early tenure on the basis of two influential books of literary criticism published in the same calendar year, Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women (Rutgers UP, 1997) and Searching for Safe Spaces: Afro-Caribbean Women Writers in Exile (Temple UP, 1997). In 2004, her work as the Editor-in-Chief (2002-2004) of the Ford-funded academic/arts journal, Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism was recognized with the Phoenix Award for Editorial Achievement by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ). Her third academic book, From Sugar to Revolution: Women’s Visions of Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, closes a trilogy on Caribbean women’s literature and is forthcoming from Wilfrid Laurier UP (2012).

Also a creative writer, Myriam Chancy has been publishing fiction, poetry and essays since 1989 but grew more interested in the novel form as a forum for the expression of contemporary realities in the mid-1990s. As a novelist, she has focused to date on themes of history, class, gender, spirituality /mysticism and sexuality in the context of Haitian culture both in Haiti and its diasporas. She is explicitly interested in re-working the novel form as a means to express complex subject identities specific to Haiti though future work will address non-Caribbean topics. Working in the genre of literary fiction, she has garnered a shortlisting for Best First Book, Canada/Caribbean region category, of the Commonwealth Prize in 2004 for her first novel, Spirit of Haiti (London: Mango Publishing, 2003), published a second novel, The Scorpion’s Claw (Peepal Tree Press, 2005) to critical praise, and a third The Loneliness of Angels (Peepal Tree Press, 2010), longlisted for the 2011 OCM Bocas Prize in Caribbean Literature and shortlisted in its fiction category, was awarded the inaugural Guyana Prize in Literature Caribbean Award for Best Fiction 2010 by the trustees of the Guyana Prize, University of Guyana, Georgetown, Guyana, on 1 September 2011 [Caribbean Award Jury: Stewart Brown, Funso Aiyejina, and Rawle Gibbons]. All three of her novels are currently taught at universities and colleges in the US, Canada and the Caribbean.

Dr Chancy is currently at work on a book-length academic work entitled, Floating Islands: Racial Identity Formation in a Transnational Age, as well as a novel focusing on repressed Haiti-Louisiana ties, entitled The Escape Artist.

Visiting Lecturer (Modern Languages - Spanish): Dr Elissa LISTER BRUGAL


Dr Lister is with the Department in Semester 2 of 2011/2012. Dr Lister is currently teaching SPAN 2602 Marvellous Realism in Spanish American Writing. Welcome, Dr Lister!

Guest Lecturer

Prof J. Michael Dash gave his annual lecture in the then Department of Liberal Arts on Thursday 23rd February 2012 in FHE SB1 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Prof Dash's lecture was entitled “Post-Prospero: Neocolonialism in the Works of Aimé Césaire and Dany Laferrière”.


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2010 - 2011

Guest Lecture: Prof J. Michael Dash, born in Trinidad & Tobago, has worked extensively on Haitian literature and French Caribbean writers, especially Edouard Glissant, whose works,
The Ripening (1985), Caribbean Discourse (1989) and Monsieur Toussaint (2005), he has translated into English.


After 21 years at The University of the West Indies, Mona, where he was Professor of Francophone Literature and Chair of Modern Languages, Prof Dash is now Professor of French at New York University after having been Director of the Africana Studies Program. His publications include Literature and Ideology in Haiti (1981), Haiti and the United States (1988), Edouard Glissant (1995), The Other America: Caribbean Literature in a New World Context (1998). His most recent books are A Haiti Anthology: Libète (1999) with Charles Arthur, and Culture and Customs of Haiti (2001). He has represented CARICOM and the Caribbean Conference of Churches on official missions to Haiti.

Professor J. Michael Dash gave a guest lecture on the topic “Going Bananas - Haiti One Year Later” on Thursday 10 March 2011 (see our PDF poster for more details). 

Guest Lecturer

Professor George Handley, Brigham Young University, gave a lecture on “Environmental Degradation and the Hope of Literature” on Thursday 10th February 2011 in the School of Humanities.  Prof Handley examined the various forms of cultural criticism that have been proffered by environmental thinkers as a way of identifying the root causes of the environmental crisis. These arguments range from criticisms of the inherent anthropocentrism of religion, the destructiveness of global capitalism, our growing dependency on technology and science, obsessions with and omissions of historical memory, and the increasing urbanisation and mechanisation of modern life. These are important arguments that are not always in agreement with one another. But they help ecocritics to develop a workable ethical orientation for their critical work. Prof Handley will look at writings from the Spanish, French and English Caribbean traditions in order to suggest directions that researchers might take in dealing with this global problem.

George Handley is a professor of Humanities at Brigham Young University. He has been writing, teaching and lecturing throughout Utah, USA and internationally on the intersections between religion, literature and the environment for the past decade. As an activist, he has argued for the protection of wilderness, legislation to mitigate climate change, and smart growth in Utah. He is the author of two books of literary criticism, Postslavery Literatures of the Americas and New World Poetics: Nature and the Adamic Imagination of Whitman, Neruda, and Walcott. His book, Home Waters, published by the University of Utah Press, is a creative non-fiction narrative that argues for a sustainable sense of place in the West by exploring the environmental history of the Provo River watershed, Mormon theology, and his own pioneer and family history in Utah Valley.

Special Lecture: Dr Gillian Ramchand (PhD Stanford), currently lecturing at the University of Tromsø in Norway, gave a guest lecture on "The Syntax-Semantic Interface" (Thursday 6 January 2011) in the School of Humanities South Block. Here is a handout of Dr Ramchand's talk (PDF file).


Special Lecture

Prof Carla Freccero, Professor of Literature, Feminist Studies, and History of Consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Trained in Renaissance Studies, she also works in popular culture, critical theory, and queer theory. Her most recent book is Queer/Early/Modern (Duke University Press, 2006) and she is currently working on a book about non-human animals and literary figuration tentatively titled “Animate Figures.” 

Carla FShe gave a guest lecture on "Queer Animal Theory" (Tuesday 7 December 2010 in the CLL Auditorium), discussing the idea that animal theory is queer because it opens up  questions of non-normative subjectivities, sexualities, and desire, Professor Carla Freccero discusses this book-in-progress and focuses on one chapter in particular: the story of the "cynanthropes," or dog-men, said to inhabit the peripheries of the ancient world and the Caribbean. She discusses how this figure of dog-human merger travels in time and place and haunts current popular fantasies of "carnivorous virility." 

Dog Men


Special Lecture

Prof Susan Fischer, Center for Research in Language, University of California at San Diego, gave a guest lecture: "Sign Languages as Languages" (Monday 15 November 2010, CLL Auditorium): "In this talk I debunk common misconceptions about sign languages. Using examples from Asian vs. Western sign languages, I show the importance of comparing sign languages and how they can both benefit from and contribute to linguistic theory. I shall also discuss some of the parallels between sign languages and creoles.