Friday, 16 October 2009

Collecting Speaker Biogs

Dr Joan Anim-Addo is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and Director of the Centre for Caribbean Studies. She has written, co-authored and edited books about history, poetry and literary criticism. Her most recent publications include Interculturality and Gender (co-edited 2009), Caribbean-Scottish Relations: Colonial & Contemporary Inscriptions in History, Language and Literature (co-authored 2007), Touching the Body: History, Language and African-Caribbean Women’s Writing (2007), I Am Black White Yellow: An Introduction to the Black Body in Europe (co-edited 2007), and the poetry collections: Haunted by History and Janie Cricketing Lady (2006). Her libretto, Imoinda: Or She Who Will Lose Her Name – A Play for Twelve Voices in Three Acts was first published bilingually (English/Italian) and translated by Giovanna Covi, and Carla Pedrotti, 2003.

Dr Giovanna Covi teaches American Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Trento; she is a founding member of the Societa Italiana delle Letterate. She has co-ordinated national and international research projects focused on gender and Caribbean literature. She has published on American and Caribbean literature, translation studies and gender theory among which as editor and contributor: Critical Studies on Feminist Subjects (Universita di Trento, 1998), Vocifemminili caraibache e interculturita (Universita di Trento, 2003), Modernist Women Race Nation (Mango Publising, 2005), Caribbean-Scottish Relations (Mango Publishing, 2007), Interculturality and Gender (Mango Publishing, 2009); and as author, Jamaica Kincaid's Prismatic Subjects: Making Sense of Being in the World (Mango Publishing, 2003).

Dr Raimi Gbadamosi is an artist, writer and curator. He received his Doctorate in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art. He is a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Group 'Afroeuropeans', University of Leon, Spain, and the 'Black Body' group, Goldsmiths College, London. He is on the Editorial board of Third Text.

Recent national and international shows and events include: ARCO Madrid 2009; Tentativa De Agotar Un Lugar Africano, CASM, Barcelona 2008; Human Cargo, Plymouth Museum & Art Gallery, Plymouth 2007; Port City, Arnolfini, Bristol 2007. ARCO 2009, Madrid/. Work media including multiples, music, websites, writing and audience participation. Works creates debate, instead of representing preconceived concerns defined by specific social, cultural and political cant.

Books include: incredulous; ordinary people; extraordinary people; contents; Drink Horizontal; Drink Vertical; The Dreamers' Perambulator; and four word.

The Republic negotiates the meeting of language and social constructions.

Recent essays include: The Not-So New Europeans, Wasafiri UK (current issue), and The Delight of Giant-Slayers: Or Can Artists Commit Their Lives to Paper? ArtMonitor , Sweden.

Dr Mina Karavanta is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of English Studies at the University of Athens. Some of her recent essays have appeared in Journal of Caribbean Studies, Journal of Contemporary Theory, Women in French Studies, mosaic, The Journal of Contemporary Thought, and European Journal of English Studies, and various collections of essays. She has co-edited Edward Said and Jacques Derrida: Reconstellating Humanism and the Global Hybrid (with Nina Morgan) and Gender And Interculturality (with Joan Anim-Addo and Giovanna Covi).

Professor Maria Helena Lima is a Brazilian who is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at SUNY-Geneseo, specializing on the African Diaspora, Contemporary Black British Literature and Culture, and Women’s Studies. She translated and co-edited with Miriam Alves a bilingual anthology of short fiction by Afro-Brazilian Women, Women Righting/ Mulheres Escre-vendo [London: Mango Publishing, 2005]. More recently she published entries on Andrea Levy, Dorothea Smartt, and Meera Syal [Dictionary of Literary Biography special issue on Black British Literature, 2008]. She plans to finish her book of collected interviews, Black Britons Writing, on her sabbatical this spring.

ALAN TIRRE, saxophone, is a frequent performer in a variety of ensembles in the greater Rochester area. He is a core member of Fama Sin Gafas, one of upstate New York’s premier salsa groups. He has collaborated as both musician and educator with artists such as Joe Locke and Chuck Mangione. He is a strong advocate for new music and has premiered numerous works as a performer and conductor. In 2007, he conducted the premiere of Imoinda at School of the Arts in Rochester, NY. He is a member of several professional organizations, serves on the board of ‘Friends of School of the Arts’ and has been the educational chair on The Commission Project, Rochester International Jazz Festival and the Wilson Commencement Park Jazz for the Park committees. Alan is currently the Assistant Principle for Arts Instruction at the Rochester City School of the Arts.

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