Representing gender-based violence: literature, performance and activism in the Anglophone Caribbean


Project team and partner organisations

Dr Lucy Evans (Principal Investigator, University of Leicester)

Lucy Evans is an Associate Professor in Postcolonial Literature at the University of Leicester, UK. Her research specialism is in contemporary Caribbean literature. Her current research focuses on crime fiction and representations of crime in the Anglophone Caribbean, and on gender-based violence, arts activism, and Caribbean literary cultures.  

Dr Gabrielle Hosein (Co-Investigator, University of the West Indies, St Augustine)

Gabrielle Hosein is Senior Lecturer and former Head of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the University of West Indies, St. Augustine campus. Her current research areas are politics and women's leadership, Indo-Caribbean feminisms, masculinities and gender-based violence. She has been involved in Caribbean feminist movement-building for twenty-five years. 

Dr Sonjah Stanley Niaah (Co-Investigator, University of the West Indies, Mona)

Sonjah Stanley Niaah is a Jamaican scholar, cultural activist and international speaker. A Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies and former Director of the Institute of Caribbean Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, she is the author of Dancehall: From Slave Ship to Ghetto and a leading researcher on Black Atlantic performance geographies, Jamaican popular music, culture and the sacred, and Caribbean Cultural Studies more broadly.

Dr Kelsi Delaney (Research Associate, University of Leicester)

Kelsi Delaney is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Leicester and a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Bristol. Her recently completed PhD explored the cultural politics of form in contemporary anglophone Caribbean poetry. Her research interests include Caribbean poetry, poetic form, arts-based activism and decolonial theorisations of poetry studies and literary craft.

Mr Amílcar Sanatan (Research Associate, University of the West Indies, St Augustine)

Amílcar Peter Sanatan is an artist, emerging academic and activist. He is a PhD. candidate in Cultural Studies at The University of West Indies, St. Augustine Campus. His research interests include men and masculinities in the Caribbean and Latin America, youth and student development, urban planning and cultural geography.

Dr Dylan Kerrigan (Research Associate)

Dylan Kerrigan is a Caribbeanist. He has a PhD in anthropology and was a lecturer in political sociology at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine from 2008 to 2019. From 2019 to 2022 he was a lecturer in criminology at the University of Leicester, UK. He lives in Trinidad.

Zahra Warner (Research Associate)

Zahra Warner is a lifelong practitioner of the performing and literary arts. She aims to maximize their therapeutic potential through her interventions with a wide range of populations in her native Jamaica. She is excited to bring this lens to her work as facilitator and research associate in this project.

ROOTS Foundation (Project Partner)

ROOTS Foundation is a youth-oriented organisation based in Trinidad and Tobago which focuses on developing the use of spoken word to generate social change. Through the preservation and promotion of oral traditions, Roots Foundation connects generations and empowers young people to create positive futures for themselves, their families and their communities. 

Tribe Sankofa (Project Partner)

Tribe Sankofa is a performing arts-based collective based in Jamaica who stage performances and provide training to young people on a wide range of social issues including: gender, sexuality, puberty/adolescence, violence, conflict resolution, reduction of underage drinking, human rights, diversity/inclusion and youth empowerment.

Bocas Lit Fest (Project Partner)

The Bocas Lit Fest is Trinidad and Tobago’s annual literary festival. Founded in 2011, the festival has a pan-Caribbean focus and international scope, drawing in speakers and audiences from across the region and beyond each year. Bocas also administers major regional writing prizes which provide crucial support for Caribbean writers, including the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.

Advisory Board 

  • Professor Paula Morgan, University of the West Indies, St Augustine
  • Dr Halimah Deshong, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill
  • Dr Michael Bucknor, University of the West Indies, Mona
  • Dr Karen Carpenter, University of the West Indies, Mona
  • Professor Jane Plastow, University of Leeds
  • Professor Alison Donnell, University of East Anglia

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