Dr Shelene Gomes


Department of Behavioural Sciences

The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus

St. Augustine

Trinidad and Tobago

Telephone: 868-662-2002 Ext 82710

Email: Shelene.Gomes @sta.uwi.edu


I teach courses in social anthropology and the sociology of culture with research interests in migration, mobilities, cosmopolitan thought and action, postcolonial religion and spirituality as well as the politics of race, class and gender. I have done ethnographic fieldwork in East Africa tracing the linkages between African diasporic imaginings and Caribbean cosmopolitan sensibilities. My current interdisciplinary research centres return migrant women's socially reproductive labours in doing unpaid care work in Trinidad. My public and scholarly writing is unified by a focus on contemporary solidarities, acts of agency and place-making within the context of unequal historical conditions of modernity. Among other venues, my work has appeared in African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, Tout Moun: Caribbean Journal of Cultural Studies, The Global South, and Virtual Brazilian Anthropology. I am open to postgraduate research supervision in these additional areas: citizenship, decolonial cosmopolitanism, feminist praxis, queer subjectivities, advocacy, cultural hybridity, narrative and ethnography, the Global South broadly defined as well as the politics of development, climate justice and the anthropocene. 


Research Interests

  • Ethnography, life history, migration, transnational Caribbean, politics of gendered subjectivities, cosmopolitanism.

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