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“Caribbean Feminist Research Methods for Gender and Sexuality Studies”

For Release Upon Receipt - January 23, 2014

St. Augustine

Issue 7 of the Caribbean Review of Gender Studies now available


ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago – The Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) at The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine celebrates the 7th issue of the Caribbean Review of Gender Studies (CRGS): Caribbean Feminist Research Methods for Gender and Sexuality Studies, titled “Embodied Theories: Local Knowledge(s), Community Organizing, and Feminist Methodologies in Caribbean Sexuality Studies”. CRGS is a journal of Caribbean perspectives on Gender and Feminism. 

Initiated in 2006 by the IGDS St Augustine Unit, the CRGS is now in its eighth year. It was the first online journal of The UWI across all three campuses intended to offer a forum both to persons already recognized in the field, as well as to new scholars, to present work which is easily accessible and available to our students and to readers as far and as wide as the web can take it. These works should capture the realities and contradictions of what is constituted as Caribbean, whether it is generated within or outside of the geographical region. For new scholars who seek to re-chart the terrain, the journal welcomes scholarship and creative work done within the framework of feminist and gender theorizing that is for and about the Caribbean. 

With no compromise in international standards of peer review, the journal boasts an editorial board, an advisory board and a review team which is drawn from reputable academic institutions regionally and worldwide. This seventh issue is a welcome collaboration with the Nita Barrow Unit, IGDS, Cave Hill Campus. Check out the latest issue online at  


Notes to the editor

About The Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS)

The IGDS celebrated 20 Years of Gender Transformations in the Caribbean in 2013. Formerly known as the Centre for Gender and Development Studies, the IGDS has its origins in the work of the Women and Development Studies Group (WDSG) at The UWI. 

The IGDS is founded on the understanding that social, cultural and historical processes have constructed and reproduced unequal gender relations within society. The Institute emphasizes scholarship and teaching that is broadly comparative and recognizes that gender is a fundamental category of analysis in all disciplines. 

The work of the Institute is three-fold, comprising teaching, research and outreach. Our Institute employs a broad range of theoretical approaches and methods that helps students to think critically and synthetically about the multiple axes of power through which gender identities and practices are constructed and challenged. The intellectual goal of the IGDS is to develop new approaches to knowledge creation and social scientific inquiry that will inform our teaching, research, institutional and community practices. 

As an interdisciplinary programme IGDS offers a wide range of courses that use the lens of gender to examine issues such as globalization, history, political science, literature, popular culture, feminist theory, development, sexuality studies, race and ethnicity, environmental studies, policy, governance, law, cultural studies, philosophy and economics. 

The IGDS has introduced a comprehensive revised graduate programme that emphasizes synergies and collegiality in a challenging interdisciplinary environment. Students now have the opportunity to pursue a post-graduate diploma in Gender and Development; a Master of Science in Gender and Development as well as MPhil / PhD degrees in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies. 

About The UWI

Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.) 

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