Frances Henry and Dwaine Plaza

Aug 21, 2020

Carnival Is Woman

Feminism and Performance in Caribbean Mas

University Press of Mississippi 2019

Through a feminist perspective, Carnival Is Woman: Feminism and Performance in Caribbean Mas (University Press of Mississippi, 2019) examines the presence of women in contemporary Carnival by demonstrating not only their strength in numbers, but also the ways in which they participate in the festivities. Exploring different themes, the authors in this volume explain the power of women in the evolution of Carnival mas’ in Trinidad and the Caribbean diaspora.

Dr. Dwaine Plaza is a Professor of Sociology in the School of Public Policy. From 2016-2018 he served in the College of Liberal Arts as an Associate Dean with a portfolio of student success and engagement. He has been at Oregon State University for twenty-three years and teaches a wide slate of classes both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has written extensively on the topics of Caribbean migration within the international diaspora, gender, racism, social justice and inequality.

Dr. Frances Henry, Professor Emerita, is considered to be one of Canada's leading experts in the study of racism and anti-racism and has published many books on this subject. However, she began her professional career as a Caribbeanist and did her Ph.D. research in Caribbean studies. She has maintained this interest and in addition to the current work, co-authored a book on Caribbean migration with Dwaine Plaza. Now retired from York University in Canada, she is still an active fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and the Inter-American Network of Academies of Science and maintains an active research career.

Dr. Isabel Machado is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender and Sexuality Studies at the Department of History of the University of Memphis.

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