Virtual Panel Discussion - Caribbean Genealogy Library

  • June 19, 2021
  • 2:00 PM (EDT)
  • Virtual Event - Caribbean Genealogy Library - St Thomas, U.S.V.I.


CGL's upcoming event on June 19th, 2021 at 2pm AST, is a panel discussion entitled "The Body of the Virgin Islands Woman: Queens, Debutantes and Virgins". Meet the panel members below!

The event is hosted by the Caribbean Genealogy Library and the panel will use materials from the library's St. Thomas Graphics Collection for their discussion. Registration required. Learn more and register at The Body of the Virgin Islands Woman:  Queens, Debutantes and Virgins.

Meet the Panel

Tami Navarro is the Associate Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW), a Visiting Scholar at the University of the Virgin Islands, and Editor of the journal Scholar and Feminist Online. 

She is a Cultural Anthropologist whose work has published work in "Cultural Anthropology, American Anthropologist, Transforming Anthropology", "Small Axe Salon", "The Caribbean Writer", "Social Text", and "Feminist Anthropology". She serves on the Board of the St. Croix Foundation and is a member of the Editorial Board for the journal "Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism". She is the co-host of the podcast, “Writing Home: American Voices from the Caribbean” and her book, "Virgin Capital: Race, Gender, and Financialization in the US Virgin Islands" will be published by SUNY Press in November 2021.

La Vaughn Belle makes visible the unremembered. She is a visual artist working in a variety of disciplines that include: video, performance, painting, installation, writing and public intervention projects. She explores the material culture of coloniality and her art presents counter visualities and narratives. Borrowing elements from history and archeology Belle creates narratives that challenge colonial hierarchies and invisibility.

She has exhibited in the Caribbean, the USA and Europe in institutions such as the Museo del Barrio (NY), Casa de las Americas (Cuba), the Museum of the African Diaspora (CA) and Kunstahl Charlottenborg(DK) and recently finished a solo exhibition at the National Nordic Museum in Seattle. Her artwork has been featured in a wide range of media including: the NY Times, Politiken, VICE, The Guardian, Time magazine, Caribbean Beat, the BBC and Le Monde. Her work with colonial era pottery led to a commission with the renowned brand of porcelain products, the Royal Copenhagen. She is the co-creator of “I Am Queen Mary”, the artist-led groundbreaking monument that confronted the Danish colonial amnesia while commemorating the legacies of resistance of the African people who were brought to the former Danish West Indies. She holds an MFA from the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba and an MA and a BA from Columbia University in NY. She was the 2018-2020 fellow at the Social Justice Institute at the Barnard Research Center for Women. Her studio is based in the Virgin Islands.

Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the poetry collection, "Wife", which won the 2016 Bocas Prize in Caribbean poetry and the United Kingdom’s 2016 Forward/Felix Dennis Prize for a First Collection. Tiphanie is also the author of the novel, "Land of Love and Drowning", which won the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction, the Phillis Wheatley Award for Pan-African Literature, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, and was listed by NPR as one of the Best Books of 2014. "Land of Love and Drowning" was also a finalist for the Orion Award in Environmental Literature and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award.  She is the author of a collection of stories, "How to Escape from a Leper Colony", which won her a listing as one of the National Book Foundation's 5Under35.  

Her writing has won the Bocas Award for Caribbean Fiction, the Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship and an Academy of American Poet's Prize. She has been listed by the Boston Globe as one of the sixteen cultural figures to watch out for and her writing has been published in the New York Times, Best African American Fiction, The Wall Street Journal, American Short Fiction and other places.  Tiphanie is from the Virgin Islands and is an associate professor at Emory University. Her novel, "Monster in the Middle", will be published in October 2021.  

Hadiya Sewer is a Research Fellow in the African and African American Studies Program at Stanford University and a Visiting Scholar in the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University. Dr. Sewer's work uses a non-sovereign territory in the Caribbean, the United States Virgin Islands, as a case study for tracing the conceptions of freedom and the human that exist under contemporary colonialism. Sewer earned their Ph.D. in Africana Studies at Brown University. Their scholarship focuses on environmental justice and Africana decolonial, feminist, queer, and political theories. They are currently working on two monographs titled, “(De)Colonial Desires: AntiBlackness, Aporia, and the Afterlives of the Dead,” and "Meditations on Disaster: Climate Injustice, Covid-19, and the Coloniality of Power."

Dr. Sewer's research, teaching, and advocacy provide phenomenological, ethnographic, and historical examinations of anti-blackness, colonialism, imperialism, and the climate crisis. As a community-engaged scholar, Sewer is also the President and Co-Founder of St.JanCo: the St. John Heritage Collective, a land rights and cultural heritage preservation nonprofit in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Register for the panel discussion at The Body of the Virgin Islands Woman:  Queens, Debutantes and Virgins.

This event made possible in part by a grant received from the Community Foundation of the Virgin Island, with funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

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