Projects and Activities
Annual Report 2001
The Journal of Haitian Studies (JOHS). The JOHS has
produced two new editions in the 2003-04 term, including a
special themed issue commemorating the Haitian bicentennial.
Professor Claudine Michel, the Center's former director, has
served as editor of the Journal of Haitian Studies since it
moved from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, to UCSB
in 1999. JOHS is the only refereed journal focusing solely
on scholarship on Haiti and Haiti's rapport with the international
Noir. Since its inception has been adopted as the official
publication of the Black Caucus of the Society for Cinema
and Media Studies (the preeminent professional association
in the field). The Center is working to broaden that base
as it moves Screening Noir from a newsletter to a
journal. Screening Noir has two special editions in progress.
First is a volume that will feature select papers from the
both of the Race in Digital Space and the Race in Digital
Space 2.0 conferences that were held in 2001 and 2002, respectively.
The second special issue focuses on Blaxploitation.
proposed Multicultural Studies Journal has been conceived
from the beginning as a multi-UC campus venture, and is still
in the planning phase.
The two anthology projects addressed in the report have grown
out of the research and pedagogical initiatives supported
by the Center, though the Center itself is not at the present
a publisher. This means that all the publications produced
so far have been rigorously vetted by their publishers and
judged not only as meritorious but significant for meeting
needs in the field as well. In addition to the abovementioned,
there are several other book projects in progress under the
auspices of the Center, including two volumes in press (Dr.
Patrick Bellegarde-Smith’s Fragments of Bone at Illinois
UP, and Dr. Oyeronke Oyewumi’s Gender in Africa at Palgrave
Press), four volumes under review including Drs. Michel and
Bellegarde-Smith’s three edited works on Haiti (Spirit,
Myth and Reality: Vodou in Haiti at Indiana University
Press, God in Every Woman: Gender, Power and Politics
in Haiti at Routledge, and Invisible Powers: Vodou
and Development at St. Martin’s Press). Finally,
there are a number of other research driven book and article
projects in progress including an anthology on African Diasporic
Technology workers, IT Adoption in Africa, Digital Art and
Brazil, and the volume Legacy of Slavery: Unequal Exchange
(lead editor, Attorney Adjoa Ayietoro).