Josephs, Kelly
 

Josephs, Kelly

Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor
English

Phone: 718-262-2469
Office Location: AC-2A02
kjosephs@york.cuny.edu
http://www.smallaxe.net/sxsalon

Office Hours  
Tuesday  5p-5:50p 

Education

Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  Rutgers University  Literature   
MA  Florida International University  Literature   

Kelly Baker Josephs, Associate Professor of English, specializes in World Anglophone Literature with an emphasis on Caribbean Literature. She teaches courses in Anglophone Caribbean Literature, Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Literatures of the African Diaspora, and Gender Studies. She was the 2016-17 Sterling Brown Distinguished Visiting Professor at Williams College.

Professor Josephs' first book, *Disturbers of the Peace: Representations of Insanity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature* (U of Virginia P, 2013), considers the ubiquity of madmen and madwomen in Caribbean literature between 1959 and 1980. She is Editor of *sx salon: a small axe literary platform* and *The Caribbean Commons website*. Her current book project, “Caribbean Articulations: Storytelling in a Digital Age,” explores the intersections between new technologies and Caribbean cultural production.

Areas of Expertise

Anglophone Caribbean Literature
Postcolonial Literature and Theory
Literatures of the African Diaspora

Books in Field Of Expertise

Josephs, Kelly Baker. Disturbers of the Peace: Representations of Insanity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature. : University of Virginia Press, 2013. .

Articles in Field Of Expertise

Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Cliff Notes: Claiming Michelle." The Scholar and the Feminist Online. accepted June 2018 for Publication 2019: .

Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Teaching the Digital Caribbean: The Ethics of a Public Pedagogical Experiment." The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. 13 June 2018: .

Josephs, Kelly Baker. "The Brathwaite Effect (special section with three interviews and co-edited bibliography)." sx salon: a small axe literary platform. 27 February 2018: .

Josephs, Kelly Baker. "The Work of Paule Marshall Today." Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal. 14.1 Spring 2017: 1-7.

Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Handling with Care: On editing, invisibility, and affective labor." Small Axe. 50 July 2016: 98-105.

Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Capturing Beauty with a Caribbean Lens: A Conversation with Gerard Gaskin." sx salon: a small axe literary platform. 18 February 2015: .

Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Straddling Shifting Spheres: A Conversation with David Chariandy." Transition. 113 Spring 2014: 11-127.

Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Articulating Caribbean Epistemologies (Introduction to edited section on Caribbean Epistemologies)." Small Axe. 43 March 2014: 99-102.

Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Beyond Geography, Past Time: Afrofuturism, The Rainmaker’s Mistake, and Caribbean Studies." Small Axe. 41 July 2013: 123-135.

Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Adultery and Anticolonialism: The Pleasures of Independence Literature." sx salon: a small axe literary platform. 11 February 2013: .

Josephs, Kelly Baker. "'This question of place': a conversation with Kelly Baker Josephs." Antilles: The CRB Blog. March 2011: .

Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Dreams, Delirium, and Decolonization in Derek Walcott’s Dream on Monkey Mountain." Small Axe. 32 July 2010: 1-16.

Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Dissonant Desires: The Queer Politics of a Jamaican Accent." Mosaic. 42.2 June 2009: 158-170.

Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Telling Ancient Narratives with New Media: The Art of Christian Usera." Voces del Caribe. 1.1 Spring 2009: 23-39.

Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Ventriloquising the Caribbean: Interview with Staceyann Chin." Jamaica Journal. 30.3 Spring 2009: 28.33.

Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Versions of X/Self: Kamau Brathwaite’s Caribbean Discourse." Anthurium. 1.1 2003: .

Chapters in Field Of Expertise

Josephs, Kelly Baker. "'Kingston Full of Them’: Madwomen at the Crossroads." Altered States: Configuring Madness in Caribbean Literature. in press, accepted 2017: .

Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Teaching in the Diaspora." The Art and Practice of Teaching Literature: Caribbean Writers and Teachers Talking Literature. in press, accepted 2017: .

Josephs, Kelly Baker. "The Necessity for Madness: Negotiating Nation in Sylvia Wynter’s The Hills of Hebron." The Caribbean Women Writer as Scholar. Eds. Carole Boyce Davies and Keshia Abraham. Coconut Creek, Fl: Caribbean Studies Press. 2009: 179-204.

Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Toi Derricotte." The African American National Biography. New York: Oxford University Press. 2008: .

Josephs, Kelly Baker. "Claiming an Identity They Taught Me to Despise" and "Michelle Cliff." The Facts on File Companion to World Poetry: 1900 to the Present. 2008: 109-112.

Reviews in Field Of Expertise

"'Determining the Difficult: Sheri-Marie Harrison’s Jamaica’s Difficult Subjects,' in Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal" December 2015: Article 7.

"'Difficult Diasporas: The Transnational Feminist Aesthetic of the Black Atlantic by Samantha Pinto,' in MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States" March 2015: 209-211.

"'Critical Company: The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature' in Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal" December 2014: .

"By Love Possessed (by Lorna Goodison) Review 86" May 2013: 162-163.

"'What She Said' (Review of Conversations with Paule Marshall)" November 2011: .

"'Head of the Class' (Review of You Don’t Play With Revolution: The Montreal Lectures)" July 2010: .

"'Prodigal Daughter' (Review of The Other Side of Paradise, by Staceyann Chin) Caribbean Review of Books" May 2009: 18-19.

"'All in the Family' (Review of Our Caribbean, Ed. Thomas Glave) Caribbean Review of Books" November 2008: 18-19.

"'Going Home to Teach' (by Anthony Winkler) Caribbean Journal of Education" September 2008 (Vol 30.2): 424-428.

"'The Rainmaker’s Mistake' (by Erna Brodber) Callaloo" Summer 2008 (Vol 31.3): 938-941.

 

Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" Keynote Lecture: "DH Moments, Caribbean Considerations" " February 2018: NYCDH Week, Fordham University.

" Keynote Lecture: "Articulating Anancy's Web: From Brathwaite to the Blogosphere" " August 2017: Caribbean Literature and Globalisation, University of Konstanz.

" Keynote Lecture: "Caribbean Considerations: Audience and Access in Digital Humanities" " May 2017: DH + Design Symposium, Georgia Tech, Atlanta.

" Invited Talk: “Ethics and Digital Humanities Research Roundtable” " June 2018: Digital Humanities Research Institute, CUNY Graduate Center.

" Invited Talk: "Networked Lives: Digital Self-Fashioning in the Caribbean Blogosphere" " October 2017: Caribbean Cosmopolis Symposium, SUNY-Stonybrook.

" Invited Talk: "Michelle Cliff’s Construction of Caribbean Blackness" " September 2016: Black Matters: The Futures of Black Scholarship and Activism, University of Austin, Texas.

" Invited Talk: "Handling with Care: On editing, invisibility, and affective labor" " September 2016: What is Journal Work? Columbia University.

" Invited Talk: "Madwomen at the Crossroads" (virtual presentation) " April 2015: Altered States: Configuring Madness in Caribbean Literature, Liège, Belgium.

" Invited Talk: "Teaching the Digital Caribbean: The Ethics of a Public Pedagogical Experiment" " February 2015: Black Studies in the Digital Age, Center for African American Studies, Princeton University.

" Invited Talk: "Memories of Things to Come: Anthony Joseph and a Futuristic Caribbean Aesthetic" " November 2014: Critical Caribbean Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

" Invited Talk: "On Editing: The Work behind the Work" " April 2014: Twentieth-Century Studies, Past and Future, Symposium, Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

" Invited Talk: “Transboundary Aesthetics” Roundtable on Kamau Brathwaite " November 2013: Critical Caribbean Symposium, The College of the Bahamas.

" Madwomen at the Crossroads " October 2013: West Indian Literature Conference, Nassau, Bahamas.

" Invited Talk: "The Dateless Days of Jonestown: Wilson Harris’s Labyrinths of Space, Psyche and Time" " April 2013: Postcolonial Studies Group Colloquium Series, CUNY Graduate Center.

" ‘Parallel universes of sensibility’: Wilson Harris’s Labyrinths of Space, Psyche and Time " October 2012: West Indian Literature Conference, Miami, Fl.

" Invited Talk: "An Afrofuturistic Caribbean Diaspora" " April 2012: Exploring Dimensions of African Diasporas: An International Conference, Johns Hopkins University.

" Invited Talk: "Beyond Geography, Past Time: Sketching a Caribbean Cosmology" " April 2011: Symposium: What is Caribbean Studies, Yale University.

" Invited Talk: "Jane Bryce and Kelly Josephs on Caribbean literary journals" " April 2011: The Bocas Lit Fest, Trinidad.

" ‘Communal Purgation’?: Religion, Poverty and Mob Violence in Brother Man and The Children of Sisyphus " May 2010: Caribbean Studies Association Annual Conference, Barbados.

" Forgetting to Forget: Soucouyant and the Topography of the Migrant’s Mind " May 2010: 29th Annual West Indian Literature Conference, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.

" Representing the Spirit of Violence and the Violence of Spirit in Andrew Salkey’s A Quality of Violence " April 2010: “Let the Spirit Speak” conference, City College/CUNY.

" Conversation with Che Usera " April 2010: MARASSA 2010 (A series of events organized by Kamau Brathwaite), New York University.

" Madness and Migration in the New Millennia " April 2010: Center for Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

" Kamau Brathwaite and the Development of a Caribbean Aesthetic from Elsewhere " March 2010: The National Black Writers’ Conference, Medgar Evers College/CUNY.

" Nation and Neuroses: Paule Marshall's 'Mad Mis-Merle' and the Ramifications of Representation " March 2009: Center for Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

" Displaced Subjects, Displacing Sexuality: The Outsider as Corrupting Influence in the Caribbean " May 2008: CSA Annual Convention, New York University.

" Afrofuturism From a Caribbean Past: The Local Orientation of a Black World Vision " April 2008: Theorizing Blackness Conference, CUNY Graduate Center.

" Religious Exchange: Anti-colonial Appropriations of God " february 2008: Provost Lecture Series, York College/CUNY.

" Troubling Troubled Waters: Makeda Silvera’s Queering of the Maternal Romance " April 2007: CEA Annual Conference, New Orleans.

" Manias and Messiahs: The Madness of Miguel Street " March 2006: ACLA Annual Convention, Princeton University.

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Fellowship: Spring 2019.

Sterling Brown Distinguished Visiting Professor, Williams College: 2016 - 2017.

Digital Black Atlantic Project Fellow, Center for the Study of Social Difference: 2014 - 2016.

Mellon Seminar Fellowship, Center for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center - "Freedom": 2011 - 2012.

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University: 2008 - 2009.

Faculty Fellowship Publication Program Fellow, CUNY: Spring 2008.

Seminar Fellowship – “Archaeologies of Black Memory” University of Miami: Summer 2007.

Grants-In-Aid

PSC-CUNY Grant, Research Foundation of CUNY, Caribbean Articulations: Storytelling in a Digital Age (interviews). 2016-17: .

Diversity Projects Development Fund Grant, CUNY, Gender and the Caribbean Body seminar series. Spring 2014: .

PSC-CUNY Grant, Research Foundation of CUNY, Internship program for sx salon: a small axe literary platform. 2013-14: .

Center for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center, Funded Seminar, “Caribbean Epistemologies”. Fall 2010 to Spring 2012: .

PSC-CUNY Grant, Research Foundation of CUNY, "Disturbers of the Peace" (revisions and editing). 2011-12: .

Center for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center, Seminar Fellow, "Freedom" Seminar. 2011-12: .

Diversity Projects Development Fund Grant, CUNY, Funding to develop the discussion forum in sx salon: a small axe literary platform. Spring 2011: .

PSC-CUNY Grant, Research Foundation of CUNY, Funding to visit the Derek Walcott archive in Trinidad, WI. 2010-11: .

Diversity Projects Development Fund Grant, CUNY, Funding to support building an online Caribbean journal. Spring 2010: .

PSC-CUNY Grant, Research Foundation of CUNY, Funding to visit the V. S. Naipaul archive in Tulsa, OK. 2008-09: .

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Editor, sx salon: a small axe literary platform: Spring 2010 - Present.

Editor, The Caribbean Commons: Fall 2010 - Present.

Co-organizer, The Caribbean Digital: Fall 2014 - Present.

Managing Editor, Small Axe: Fall 2007 - Summer 2012.

Editorial Advisory Board member, Voces del Caribe: Spring 2007 - Present.

Reviewer, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature; Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society; Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal; European Journal of Women’s Studies; Scholar & Feminist Online: Fall 2006 - Present.