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UWI Professor becomes President of the Caribbean Studies Association

For Release Upon Receipt - June 26, 2008

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies, Patricia Mohammed, has taken up the position of President of the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA), effective from June 1st, 2008. Professor Mohammed succeeds Professor Anton Allahar, a longstanding and lifetime member of the CSA.

Professor Mohammed, who served as CSA Vice-President from 2007-2008 and was a member of the CSA Executive Council from 2004-2006, was instrumental in setting up a location for the CSA Secretariat in the Faculty of Social Sciences, UWI St. Augustine. She will be leading the CSA Executive Council in coordinating the 34th annual CSA Conference, which will be held in Kingston, Jamaica from the 25th -29th May, 2009 with the theme “Centering the Caribbean in Caribbean Studies”.

At the recently concluded 33rd CSA Conference, held on San Andres Island, Colombia from May 26th–30th, 2008, Prof. Mohammed was one of nine delegates from UWI St. Augustine. Themed “The Caribbean: Embracing the Diasporas Within and Without”, the conference aimed to chart a course for the practical engagement of academic researchers with the problems facing the Caribbean region. The conference was attended by over 250 academics from the USA, Canada, the Caribbean, South America, UK and Europe, as well as Organization of American States (OAS) Assistant Secretary-General, Ambassador Albert Ramdin, who made the Opening Address.

Professor Mohammed, former Head of the Centre for Gender and Development Studies (CDGS) at the UWI Mona Campus, has written and published extensively in gender and feminism. She has worked closely with international and regional NGO’s as well as government agencies on issues related to gender research, gender training, gender policy making and cultural development. Her vast repertoire includes cultural studies, art and documentary film-making. Currently, she is working on establishing a Caribbean Cultural Studies Virtual Museum.

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About CSA

The Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) is an independent professional organisation devoted to the promotion of Caribbean studies from a multidisciplinary, multicultural point of view. Founded in 1974 by 300 Caribbean nationals, the CSA now has over 1,100 members and is the primary association for scholars and practitioners working on the Caribbean Region (including Central America and the Caribbean coast of South America). Its members come from the Caribbean, North America, South America, Central America, Europe and elsewhere, even though more than half of its members live in the United States, many of them teaching at U.S. universities and colleges. Members of CSA have played leading roles in the Caribbean as leaders of governments, administrators in multilateral and bi-lateral regional organisations. Many current members serve in senior positions at Caribbean, North American, and European universities.