Dr. Yanique Hume


Dr. Yanique Hume
Title: Lecturer in Cultural Studies
Department: Cultural Studies
Discipline: Cultural Studies
Qualifications: BA (UVM), MA (Emory) Ph.D.
Contact: Tel.: (246) 417-4424; Fax: (246) 424-0634
E-mail: yanique.hume@cavehill.uwi.edu
Teaching Areas:
African Diasporic Religious Cultures, The Festive and Sacred Arts of the African Diaspora, Politics of Representation, Exhibiting and Performing Cultures, Cultural Studies and Caribbean Dance, The Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic, Caribbean Popular and Creative Cultures
Biography: Yanique Hume holds a PhD in interdisciplinary studies from Emory University and is a lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus (Barbados). She specialises in the multidisciplinary field of Caribbean Cultural Studies with a focus on Cuba and Haiti. Her research and teaching areas include: religious and performance cultures of the African diaspora, Caribbean thought, popular culture, migration and diasporic identities.  Yanique is the co-editor of two anthologies, Caribbean Cultural Thought: From Plantation to Diaspora (2013) and Caribbean Popular Culture: Power, Politics and Performance (2016). Among her current projects include a special issue with the Journal of Africana Religion on the aesthetics of death and an edited volume on the Caribbean mortuary complex, Passages and Afterworlds, which is due to be released in 2017 by Duke University Press. Yanique is also currently developing a monograph on the Haitian presence in eastern Cuba entitled, Haiti in the Cuban Imaginary. Yanique is the recipient of grants from the Social Science Research Council, the International Development Research Centre, Ford Foundation and the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.  Outside of her academic work, Yanique is a professional dancer and choreographer who has toured extensively with several dance companies and continues to teach the scared and popular dances of the Caribbean region. 

Research Interests

Caribbean Cultural Production and Identity Politics, Haitian Folkloric Performances in Contemprary Cuba, African Diasporic Religious Cultures and Spiritualities; Caribbean Mortuary Complex, Migration, Diaspora and Transnational Identities,  Diasporic Tourism, Cultural Performance and Popular Culture, Cuban Cultural Policy,

Current Research Projects

The Aesthetics of Death – Mortuary Arts of the Black Atlantic.

Research project explores the aesthetic and performative dimensions of the Caribbean and broader Afro-Atlantic mortuary complex.
Commissioned CARICOM consultancy on the creative industries: “Regional Strategic Plan for Cultural and Entertainment Services/Cultural Industries in CARICOM and CARIFORUM States” – Focus on preparation of country profiles, financial incentive regime for member states and in particular Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Conducted Stakeholder meetings on the state of the creative/cultural sectors in Haiti and the Dominican Republic (March to October 2016)

Publications: Books and Edited Volumes
(2016b) (with Aaron Kamugisha) Caribbean Popular Culture: Power, Politics and Performance edited by Yanique Hume and Aaron Kamugisha (Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Press, April 2016), (770 pages)

Caribbean Cultural Thought: From Plantation to Diaspora (edited volume with Aaron Kamugisha). Ian Randle Publishers, 2013.

Articles, Book Chapters (select) 
(2016a) “Performing Haiti: Casa del Caribe and the Popularisation of Haitian Heritage Communities in Cuba.” Special Issue “Turning Our Heads to Haiti” Guest Editor, Matthew J. Smith  (featured article of the inaugural CQ issue with the Taylor & Francis group of journals) Caribbean Quarterly  Vol. 62 Issue 1 (2016): 39-68.

(2016b) (with Aaron Kamugisha) “Caribbean Popular Culture: Power, Politics and Performance: An Introduction,” in Caribbean Popular Culture: Power, Politics and Performance edited by Yanique Hume and Aaron Kamugisha (Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Press, April 2016), xiii-xxvi

(2015) “From Bush to Stage: The Shifting Performance Geography of Haitian Rara and Cuban Gagá.” Emisférica Special Double Issue – Caribbean Rasanblaj Volume 12(1) :1-28 http://hemisphericinstitute.org/hemi/en/emisferica-121-caribbean-rasanblaj.

"Caribbean Cultural Thought in Pursuit of Freedom" Introduction to Caribbean Cultural Thought: From Plantation to Diaspora.  (Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Publishers), xiii-xxiv. Book Chapter (with Aaron Kamugisha) 
"Art Patronage in a Caribbean Context: The Awon and Akyem Connection."  Caribbean InTransit Art Journal -- Special Issue: "Cutting Edges: New Media and Entrepreneurship. Issue 4 Spring: 22-29.

“Stepping Out: Afro-Caribbean Philosophy, Peter Tosh and the Dynamics of Existence” Caribbean Quarterly Volume 58(4) December 2012:25-49 Journal Article (with Taitu Heron)

“On the Margins: The Emergence of a Haitian Diasporic Enclave in Eastern Cuba.” In Geographies of the Haitian Diaspora. Edited by Regine O. Jackson, pp. 71-90. (NY: Routledge) Book Chapter

“Diaspora Tourism in the Dominican Republic: Capitalizing on Circular Diasporic Travel” Canadian Foreign Policy/La Politique éntrangère du Canada (Volume 17(2): 155-170) Journal Article

Manuscripts in Preparation:
Haiti in the Cuban Folkloric Imaginary (single-authored monograph in preparation)

Passages & Afterworlds: Perspectives on Death and Mortuary Practices in the Caribbean (edited volume with Maarit Forde, in preparation for Duke University Press -- Series: Religious Cultures of African & African Diaspora People).
Death and the Hereafter in the Caribbean: Anthropological Perspectives (Yanique Hume and Maait Forde guest editors). Special issue of The New West Indian Guide (NWIG).


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