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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 110–125.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Marta Fernández Campa This essay highlights the role of archives, archival research, and integration of archival records in contemporary Caribbean visual artwork that evokes and reimagines unevenly recorded historical processes/moments. It also suggests the defining role of this approach...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 1–17.
Published: 01 November 2019
...Marina Magloire This essay traces the evolution of Katherine Dunham’s relationship with Haiti through archival research and a consideration of her 1969 ethnographic memoir, Island Possessed . It argues that primitivist discourses framing Vodou as an instinctive capacity latent in all people...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 244–253.
Published: 01 July 2018
...Gaiutra Bahadur The author of Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture , a narrative history about indentured women, discusses researching and narrating the lives of subjects missing, at least in their own words, from the archives. She reflects on the possibilities of the personal and the present...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 111–119.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Nancy Raquel Mirabal The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is the premier center of African American and Afro-diasporic studies. Yet, as the literary scholar Vanessa Valdés argues, we know little of the center’s namesake and his drive to collect and establish a renowned archive...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 128–143.
Published: 01 July 2018
... for the duration of his service, as he and his husband promoted an “out and proud” homonormativity that contradicts the more conventional “open secret” of LGBT lives in the Caribbean. This essay draws on ethnographic field notes, participatory research, and an online archive regarding the climate for LGBT...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 125–137.
Published: 01 March 2014
... of possible courses for redirecting action by investigating the degree to which the neoliberal ethic of entrepreneurial individualism has come to occupy the discourse of admirable behavior in one rural Jamaican community. Drawing on archival and ethnographic research, it examines the impact of neoliberal...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 1–28.
Published: 01 November 2015
...James Procter This essay focuses on the Jamaican poet, dramatist, and broadcaster Una Marson (1905–65) and her turbulent career at the BBC between 1939 and 1946. Drawing on a range of unpublished archival sources, including files recently vetted and released for research since the publication...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 250–259.
Published: 01 March 2017
... to Caribbean sexuality and nonbinary gender are addressed. King ends by introducing her current research project, which uses existing and imagined archives to examine Afro-Trinidadian women's protest and performance in the late nineteenth century. 25 Ibid., 238. 24 Smith, “Queer Livity,” 235...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 116–131.
Published: 01 March 2021
... and to demonstrate the extent to which the repatriation created a transnational documentary trail with a set of archival imperatives that renders the national archive insufficient for the reconstruction of postcolonial Caribbean intellectual history. © Small Axe, Inc. 2021 archival research transnational...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 228–230.
Published: 01 March 2010
... and Postcolonial Studies. Her book Feminist Visions and Queer Futures in Postcolonial Drama will be published by Routledge in 2010. Chandra D. Bhimull is assistant professor of anthropology and African American studies at Colby College, Waterville. She has conducted ethnographic and archival...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 220–228.
Published: 01 March 2019
... of informed speculation in scholarly work on slavery and black revolution. Copyright © 2019 Small Axe, Inc. 2019 slavery Haitian Revolution archives historical methodology Cuba My first archival research trip on the project that became Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 72–86.
Published: 01 March 2014
... similarities. 4 Mary Turner applauded Sheller's “bold effort to cut across the entrenched historiographical tradition of national and regional based Caribbean studies.” 5 Indeed, Sheller's book is one of relatively few comparative monographs on Caribbean history based on research in the archives of two...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 74–87.
Published: 01 July 2013
... beyond the locality of the incident. But the initial research lead was also beyond Cuban shores: a book published in Jamaica with a fleeting mention of a “massacre of several Jamaican workers” in Jobabo. Moreover, the initial archival source appeared neither in Cuba nor in Jamaica but in the National...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (2): 1–14.
Published: 01 June 2008
... research, and by that I mean a critical reading of the archive that mimes the figurative dimensions of history, I intended both to tell an impossible story and to amplify the impossibility of its telling. The conditional temporality of “what could have been,” according to Lisa Lowe, “symbolizes aptly...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 55–71.
Published: 01 March 2014
... of revolutionary achievement. James's own achievement was explaining the complex history of the Haitian Revolution through archival research and bringing the dramatic origins of Haiti to a larger audience. James highlighted the importance of the Haitian example to the region when he wrote that “in the nineteenth...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 17–33.
Published: 01 July 2019
... the transnational dimensions of Jamaican same-sex sexual politics in the late twentieth century. Drawing from interviews with women and men both directly and tangentially related to GFM’s activities, as well as from archival research conducted at the National Library of Jamaica (Kingston), the Digital Library...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (2 (38)): 75–85.
Published: 01 July 2012
... as coherent or culturally progressive. One of the incidental rewards of archival research, often a frustrating and tedious process, is the encounter with unruly and disjunctive histories that local print culture makes visible, if not always intelligible. The photos of the writers, all of whom have now...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 80–94.
Published: 01 July 2014
... the period of revolution on the island, scholars convincingly demonstrate the territory's integration with both Haiti's revolutionary process and the forces of reaction that threatened its survival. New archival research presents suggestive evidence for reevaluating Dominican identities and allegiances...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 53–66.
Published: 01 July 2020
... I first visited the Archives nationales d’outre-mer (ANOM) in 2011, I was not sure I would get access to the FSB. Because of conservation issues, it had been closed to researchers— hors communication —for several decades. A Canadian researcher studying hereditary diseases in Saint-Barthélemy had...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 198–203.
Published: 01 March 2021
... The tension between the multiple forms of narration in Imperial Intimacies and its multivocality reproduce the conceptual, practical, and theoretical difficulties of an immersive struggle to create a counterhistory in spite of the fictions and limitations of the archives. To research and teach the black...