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Professor Violet Eudine Barriteau asks

For Release Upon Receipt - November 17, 2009

St. Augustine

The Institute of Gender and Development Studies marks its 15th anniversary and commemorates the International Day Against Violence Against Women, with a public lecture by Professor Violet Eudine Barriteau, titled "What Love Has to Do With it?: Sexuality, Work and Power in Caribbean Gender Relations," on Friday 20th November, 2009, at 5:30 pm at the Daaga Auditorium.

In her lecture she will apply Anna Jonasdottir’s construction of ‘love power’ towards developing a theory of sexuality and power in the contemporary Commonwealth Caribbean using Barbados as a case study.  


Professor Violet Eudine Barriteau is a Grenadian born Caribbean feminist, scholar and activist with considerable experience in research, administration and coordination of regional projects.

Professor Barriteau holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Howard University, an MPA in Public Sector Financial Management from New York University and a B.Sc., Upper Second Honours, in Public Administration and Accounting from the University of the West Indies. Professor Barriteau was the first Head of the Centre for Gender and Development Studies Nita Barrow Unit, the first woman at The University of the West Indies to be appointed Campus Coordinator, School for Graduate Studies and Research, and the second woman to be appointed Deputy Principal at the Cave Hill Campus. She has written over fifteen chapters in books and seven articles in peer reviewed journals.

Some of her more recent publications include:

“Confronting Power and Politics: A Feminist Theorizing of Gender in Commonwealth Caribbean Societies.” In The Political Interests of Gender Revisited: Redoing Theory and Research With a Feminist Face. Eds, Anna G. Jonasdottir and Kathleen B. Jones, 122-148 Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009.

“Coming, Coming, Coming Home: Applying Anna Jonasdottir’s Theory of ‘Love Power’ to Theorising Sexuality and Power in Caribbean Gender Relations.” In GEXCEL Work in Progress Report: Vol 2 August 2008: 13-26.

“The Theoretical Strengths and Relevance of Black Feminist Scholarship: A Caribbean Feminist Perspective”. In Feminist Africa. Vol. 7 no. 1. January 2007: 9-31.

“Engendering Development or Gender Main-streaming? A Critical Assessment from the Commonwealth Caribbean”. In Feminist Economics and the World Bank: History, Theory, and Policy. Eds. Edith Kuiper and Drucilla Barker, 176-198. New York: Routledge, 2006.