Small Axe

Small Axe The Small Axe Project is a multi-platform intellectual and artistic publishing project concerned with rethinking the Caribbean.
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small axe: a caribbean platform for criticism The Small Axe Project consists of this: to participate both in the renewal of practices of intellectual criticism in the Caribbean and in the expansion/revision of the scope and horizons of such criticism. We acknowledge of course a tradition of social, political, and cultural criticism in and about the regional/diasporic Caribbean. We want to honor that tradition but also to argue with it, because in our view it is in and through such argument that a tradition renews itself, that it carries on its quarrel with the generations of itself: retaining/revising the boundaries of its identity, sustaining/altering the shape of its self-image, defending/resisting its conceptions of history and community. It seems to us that many of the conceptions that guided the formation of our Caribbean modernities—conceptions of class, gender, nation, culture, race, for example, as well as conceptions of sovereignty, development, democracy, and so on—are in need of substantial rethinking. The Small Axe Project aims to provide a platform for such rethinking. We aim to enable an informed and sustained debate about the present we inhabit, its political and cultural contours, its historical conditions and global context, and the critical languages in which change can be thought and alternatives reimagined. Such a debate, we would insist, is not the prerogative of any one genre, and therefore we invite fiction as well as nonfiction, poetry, interviews, visual art, and discussion pieces.

Mission: “If you are a big tree, we are a small axe.” As this Jamaican proverb (popularized by Bob Marley) suggests, a small axe is an instrument of criticism. This is what our journal aims to be: a small axe. Since the demise of New World Quarterly (journal of the New World movement) in the late 1960s and Savacou (journal of the Caribbean Artist's Movement) in the late 1970s, there has not been, in the Anglo-Creole Caribbean, a significant independent journal devoted to social, cultural, and political criticism. In different ways, the agendas of New World Quarterly (led by Lloyd Best) and Savacou (led by Kamau Brathwaite) were cultural-nationalist in orientation. Importantly, these were oppositional nationalist projects, nationalisms positioned counter to the complaisant middle class (or liberal-rationalist) nationalisms through which the postcolonial nation-states in the Caribbean were being imagined and constructed. Both journals sought to think critically against the Eurocentric norms of historical and cultural understanding of Caribbean society. Importantly too, both journals weren't concerned merely to dismantle the epistemological assumptions of European/Western understandings of the Caribbean; they were concerned also to explore the idea of an idiom of criticism that was vernacular, that is to say a practice of criticism that both gave form to, and spoke from within, a Caribbean cultural-political tradition. We see Small Axe as heir to this project of fashioning of a criticism that works through our intellectual tradition. But we also understand that our social and political context has changed substantially from what it was in the 1960s and 1970s when New World Quarterly and Savacou were our small axes. The collapse of what Samir Amin calls the Bandung project that defined the immediate post-Independence period (from Nehru’s India to Nasser’s Egypt), the collapse of the experiments with Third World socialisms (from Nyerere’s Tanzania to Michael Manley’s Jamaica and Maurice Bishop’s Grenada), and the emergence of a new hegemonic globalization, has altered the context of our common life. This new context has far-reaching implications for how we think about sovereignty and self-determination, for example, or about the ideological and institutional forms of possible political futures, about the grounds of intellectual and aesthetic judgment, about development and about progress. In short it alters the context in which we think about those features of our collective life that together make up the Caribbean's modernity. If New World Quarterly and Savacou sought, in the context of the nationalist postcolonial state, to fashion an oppositional idiom of criticism, we inhabit a moment in which a new vocabulary of criticism is necessary to understand and address the social, cultural, and political forms of our present. This is what we wish Small Axe to explore. To be sure we have no ready answers to the questions we wish to pose. In fact we think that this absence of ready answers is a condition of our journal. Ours, we think, is a time of much uncertainty, intellectual as well as political, when older paradigms are no longer plausible and new ones have not yet asserted themselves. Our aim is to be part of the refashioning of the cultural-political hopes for an alternative to our present. In this we think that a journal such as ours must be willing to risk questions that take us in directions we do not—because we cannot—anticipate.

“‘That Body Always Just a Skin Away’: Brotherly Love and the Intimacies of Men in David Chariandy’s Brother“Mi...
05/30/2019
“That Body Always Just a Skin Away” | Small Axe Project

“‘That Body Always Just a Skin Away’: Brotherly Love and the Intimacies of Men in David Chariandy’s Brother“
Michael A. Bucknor
sx salon 30 (2019)
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Brotherly Love and the Intimacies of Men in David Chariandy’s Brother Michael A. Bucknor sx salon 30 • February 2019 Because I have been thinking about intimacies for some time,1 David Chariandy’s Brother gives me pause for further reflection. In this second novel, Chariandy continues his crea...

05/18/2019
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We are back after a lunch break with Sruti Bala on "Tropes of Kinship in Dutch Caribbean Literature and Performance" in Other Radicals: The Dutch Caribbean and the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition workshop. Join the conversation live stream

Join us Monday, March 25! #IAAACBVCNYU6pm-8pmAfrican and African Diaspora writers and artists have met the 21st century ...
03/23/2019

Join us Monday, March 25! #IAAACBVC
NYU
6pm-8pm

African and African Diaspora writers and artists have met the 21st century with unprecedented new images and visions of themselves and of the diaspora around the world. They are reengendering themselves and acquiring new and active identities, social, political and sexual, in their writing and artistic processes. In this installment of the 21st Century/New African and African Diaspora Writings and Arts Series, women of Caribbean descent will examine and discuss their own works and the Caribbean as a diasporan site with literary and artistic productions, while paying close attention to changes taking place in the styles, artistic, political perspectives and visions of how to be of Caribbean descent in the world today, and how to mediate between multiple and diverse identity positions.
Please RSVP: [email protected] or (212) 998-IAAA (4222)
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03/12/2019

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Small Axe 58 is now available!
Our March issue features essays by Jack Webb, Daniel Benjamin and Paul Emilijanowicz. A special section, "The Jamaican 1970s," with contributions by Donette Francis, Rachel Mordecai, Kim Robinson-Walcott, Rupert Lewis, Brian Meeks, Eddie Chambers, Honor Ford-Smith and David Scott, and includes a visual essay by Phillip Thomas, who is also our cover artist. This issue includes a book discussion of Ada Ferrer's Freedom's Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution

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Check out Patricia Noxolo's introduction to "#Caribbean In/Securities," a special section of Small Axe 57, now freely av...
01/24/2019
Caribbean In/Securities | Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism | Duke University Press

Check out Patricia Noxolo's introduction to "#Caribbean In/Securities," a special section of Small Axe 57, now freely available here: https://read.dukeupress.edu/small-axe/article/22/3%20(57)/37/136946/Caribbean-In-SecuritiesAn-Introduction

Patricia Noxolo is a lecturer in human geography at Birmingham University. Her research lies at the confluence of international development, culture, and in/security and uses postcolonial and literary approaches to explore the spatialities of a range of Caribbean and British cultural practices. Her....

What we are looking forward to this winter: Barbra Herr in Transmission, 5 March 2019. Please join us if you are in town...
01/18/2019

What we are looking forward to this winter: Barbra Herr in Transmission, 5 March 2019. Please join us if you are in town. Learn more about this series by following @LatinaLifeStories on Instagram

Announcing the 2018 Small Axe Literary Competition Winners. Read the full details on our blog, SX Live
01/12/2019
Congratulations to the 2018 Small Axe Literary Competition winners! | Small Axe Project

Announcing the 2018 Small Axe Literary Competition Winners. Read the full details on our blog, SX Live

Congratulations to the 2018 Small Axe Literary Competition winners! 10 January 2019 The Small Axe Literary Competition encourages the production and publication of Caribbean fiction and poetry in English, Spanish and French. The competition focuses on poetry and short fiction from emerging writers w...

sx salon 29 is up and ready to be read!Includes: Windrush discussion with H. Adlai Murdoch, Ronald Cummings, and Janice ...
12/05/2018
sx salon 29 | Small Axe Project

sx salon 29 is up and ready to be read!
Includes: Windrush discussion with H. Adlai Murdoch, Ronald Cummings, and Janice Cheddie; reviews of books by Katherine A. Zien, Roshini Kempadoo, Marta Caminero-Santangelo, and Scott Henkel; poetry by Ricia Anne Chansky, Faizal Deen, Sean Des Vignes, and Patrick Chamoiseau; and interviews with Josefina Báez & Rajiv Mohabir.
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http://smallaxe.net/sxsalon/issues/sx-salon-29

Windrush sx salon 29 • October 2018 This year was a Windrush year. It marked the seventieth anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush, with its 492 Caribbean passengers, at Tilbury Docks in Essex. Also in 2018, June 22 was designated “Windrush Day,” to commemorate the contributions of ...

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11/17/2018

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11/17/2018

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Small Axe 57 is now available! Small Axe 57 includes essays by Michael Walonen, Kaneesha Parsard, and Bonnie Thomas. Thi...
11/15/2018

Small Axe 57 is now available!



Small Axe 57 includes essays by Michael Walonen, Kaneesha Parsard, and Bonnie Thomas. This issue features a section guest-edited by Patricia Noxolo titled “Caribbean In/securities,” with essays by Rivke Jaffe, Anthony Harriot, Ronald Cummings, David Featherstone, Kevon Rhiney, Susan P. Mains, and Anyaa Anim-Addo. This issue extends our preoccupation with "Translating the Caribbean," with essays by Betsy Wing and James Maraniss. We include a discussion of Christina Sharpe’s In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, with essays by Régine Michelle Jean-Charles, Rinaldo Walcott, and Tezeru Teshome and K. Wayne Yang. The visual essay, "Ride or Die," features the work of our cover artist, Miguel Luciano.

Roxane Gay in conversation with Katia D. Ulysse: Critical Caribbean FeminismsJoin us on Thursday, November 8, at 7pmCUNY...
10/22/2018
Roxane Gay in Conversation with Katia D. Ulysse | Barnard Center for Research on Women

Roxane Gay in conversation with Katia D. Ulysse:
Critical Caribbean Feminisms
Join us on Thursday, November 8, at 7pm
CUNY Grad Center, 365 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016
http://bcrw.barnard.edu/event/critical-caribbean-feminisms-roxane-gay/?utm_source=BCRW+Email+List&utm_campaign=6b258413fb-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_22_06_34&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_440ce3d248-6b258413fb-125515193

These authors will discuss issues including the Caribbean and its diaspora, method, feminism, and gender in their work. The conversation with be followed by a moderated discussion.

The sx visualities platform aims to expand and build on the connection the Small Axe Project has with visual artists to ...
10/21/2018

The sx visualities platform aims to expand and build on the connection the Small Axe Project has with visual artists to host individual and collaborative projects, presenting visual culture across a range of genres and forms: from photography to the moving image, from performance to architecture, from soundscapes to painting and sculpture.

The sx visualities platform aims to expand and build on the connection the Small Axe Project has with visual artists to ...
10/21/2018

The sx visualities platform aims to expand and build on the connection the Small Axe Project has with visual artists to host individual and collaborative projects, presenting visual culture across a range of genres and forms: from photography to the moving image, from performance to architecture, from soundscapes to painting and sculpture. Visit our newly launched website: http://smallaxe.net/sxvisualities

Debt crises "are also political opportunities for globalized capital to reorient state policies toward privatization, de...
08/19/2018
Unpayable Debt: Capital, Violence, and the New Global Economy An interview with Frances Negrón-Muntaner | Small Axe Project

Debt crises "are also political opportunities for globalized capital to reorient state policies toward privatization, deregulation, and austerity that change so much more than what we think of as the economy. Left unchallenged, these measures result in fundamental political transformations that generate increased hardship and inequality for the exclusive benefit of capital. This is why we adopted the neologism of “unpayable” for the group’s name. This type of debt is not only impossible to pay; it must not be paid." Frances Negron-Muntaner

Read the full interview with Frances Negron-Muntaner on our blog SX Live.

http://smallaxe.net/sxlive/unpayable-debt-capital-violence-and-new-global-economy-interview-frances-negron-muntaner

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07/16/2018

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Small Axe 56, July 2018. Cover art, "Memories Afloat," by Scherezade Garcia
07/16/2018

Small Axe 56, July 2018. Cover art, "Memories Afloat," by Scherezade Garcia

Small Axe 56 is now available! Cover art, “Memories Afloat,” by Scherezade Garcia.  This issue Includes essays by Ka...
07/16/2018

Small Axe 56 is now available! Cover art, “Memories Afloat,” by Scherezade Garcia. This issue Includes essays by Kate Perillo, Minkah Makalani, and Tao Leigh Goffe. We also include an excerpt of Angie Cruz's forthcoming novel, "Dominicana." The issue features a special section titled, "Contemporary Dominican Gender and Sexualities Studies," guest-edited by Maja Horn, with essays by Elizabeth Manley, Sharina Maillo-Pozo, Ana-Maurine Lara, Danny Méndez, Rachel Afi Quinn, Dixa Ramírez, Carlos Ulises Decena and Fátima Portorreal. Our visual essay "Memories Afloat" features work by our cover artist, Scherezade García. In 2017, the Small Axe Literary Competition was run in Spanish for the first time, and this issue features the winners, for poetry, Noel Pérez García and Abraham Fidel Ortiz Lugo,and for short fiction, Sarah Rubí Ortiz Rodríguez and Aquiles Sánchez Villaman. Gaiutra Bahadur's Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture is discussed by D. Alissa Trotz and Gabrielle Jamela Hosein.

Join us for the launch of NACLA's summer issue, "Eye of the Storm." 1 August 20186:30-8:30pmThe Loisada Center More deta...
07/14/2018
Eye of the Storm: A Conversation on Capitalism, Colonialism, and Climate Change in the Caribbean | Small Axe Project

Join us for the launch of NACLA's summer issue, "Eye of the Storm."
1 August 2018
6:30-8:30pm
The Loisada Center
More details below.

Eye of the Storm: A Conversation on Capitalism, Colonialism, and Climate Change in the Caribbean 13 July 2018 1 August 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm The Loisaida Center 710 E. 9th Street Nearly a year after Hurricanes Irma and Maria rocked the Caribbean, what lessons can we learn? In the midst of the 2018 hu...

sx salon 28 is here!With a collection of reviews for your summer reading, new poetry by Brandon O'Brien and Jacqueline B...
07/03/2018
sx salon 28 | Small Axe Project

sx salon 28 is here!
With a collection of reviews for your summer reading, new poetry by Brandon O'Brien and Jacqueline Bishop, and a memorable conversation with Shivanee N. Ramlochan
Read. Share. Read again.
http://smallaxe.net/sxsalon/issues/sx-salon-28

General Reviews Issue sx salon 28 • June 2018 Although home may be vulnerable, it is also beautifully resilient. The voice of our literature declares that in spite of disasters, this people and this place shall not be wholly destroyed. — Karen Lord Between mass media reports and social media rep...

06/15/2018
» Call for Submissions: Stories for the Revolution

Deadline extended to July 1! Two more weeks to submit your narrative and graphic stories to the fiction issue of The Scholar & Feminist Online, Barnard Center for Research on Women - BCRW's peer-reviewed, open-source online journal.
#writerslife #callforsubmissions

http://bcrw.barnard.edu/call-for-submissions-stories-for-the-revolution/

Call for Submissions: Stories for the Revolution The Scholar and Feminist Online, BCRW’s peer-reviewed open-source publication, is seeking submissions for its first-ever fiction issue, featuring original short stories and graphic lit, and a selection of reprints from writers weaving stories for ou...

OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS! DEADLINE: Friday, 15 Junethe 2018 Small Axe Literary Competition is open for submissions. Please s...
06/13/2018
submissions + eligibility | Small Axe Project

OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!
DEADLINE: Friday, 15 June
the 2018 Small Axe Literary Competition is open for submissions. Please see guidelines and eligibility on our website.

http://smallaxe.net/literarycompetition

The Small Axe Literary Competition encourages the production and publication of Caribbean fiction and poetry in English, Spanish and French. The competition focuses on poetry and short fiction from emerging writers whose work centers on regional and diasporic Caribbean themes and concerns. This comp...

Call for submissions for the first-ever fiction issue of The Scholar and Feminist Online, BCRW's peer-reviewed open-sour...
06/01/2018
» Call for Submissions: Stories for the Revolution

Call for submissions for the first-ever fiction issue of The Scholar and Feminist Online, BCRW's peer-reviewed open-source publication, featuring original short stories and graphic lit, and a selection of reprints from writers weaving storiesfor our radical imaginations. Doors open for submissions from June 1 – June 15, 2018. Submissions can be emailed to [email protected].

Check out the full call and guidelines for submissions below.

http://bcrw.barnard.edu/call-for-submissions-stories-for-the-revolution/

Call for Submissions: Stories for the Revolution The Scholar and Feminist Online, BCRW’s peer-reviewed open-source publication, is seeking submissions for its first-ever fiction issue, featuring original short stories and graphic lit, and a selection of reprints from writers weaving stories for ou...

Special Issue on Marlon JamesJournal of West Indian Literature CFP Deadline: 31 July 2018https://caribbean.commons.gc.cu...
05/21/2018
Journal of West Indian Literature Special Issue on Marlon James | The Caribbean Commons

Special Issue on Marlon James
Journal of West Indian Literature
CFP Deadline: 31 July 2018
https://caribbean.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2018/05/21/journal-of-west-indian-literature-special-issue-on-marlon-james/

Journal of West Indian Literature Special Issue on Marlon James Leave a reply CFP Deadline: 31 July 2018 The Journal of West Indian Literature announces the November 2018 Special Issue dedicated to the work of Marlon James. From his first novel, John Crow’s Devil, that engages queer sexual identit...

“Bond, James Bond.” Are you a fan of the enduring spy? #OTD in '63, James Bond 007 was 1st portrayed by Sean Connery...
05/08/2018

“Bond, James Bond.” Are you a fan of the enduring spy? #OTD in '63, James Bond 007 was 1st portrayed by Sean Connery in Dr. No. This article considers Bond in the context of Britain’s imperial decline. http://bit.ly/jamesbondf Tnx! Duke University Press & Small Axe

“Bond, James Bond.” Are you a fan of the enduring spy? #OTD in '63, James Bond 007 was 1st portrayed by Sean Connery in Dr. No. This article considers Bond in the context of Britain’s imperial decline. http://bit.ly/jamesbondf Tnx! Duke University Press & Small Axe

05/07/2018
The Caribbean Digital V | Small Axe Project

CFP: The Caribbean Digital V
6-7 December 2018
University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
Trinidad and Tobago

Deadline for proposals: 15 June 2018
Conference website: caribbeandigitalnyc.net

The Caribbean Digital V 7 May 2018 6-7 December 2018 University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Trinidad and Tobago Deadline for proposals: 15 June 2018 Conference website: caribbeandigitalnyc.net Beginning in 2014, The Caribbean Digital has sought to create a generative, multidisciplinary space w...

This week in Miami, The Visual Life of Social Affliction: A Small Axe Project
05/02/2018

This week in Miami, The Visual Life of Social Affliction: A Small Axe Project

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