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.

Save the date for the opening of IN ALL MY DREAMS, a collective, multivalent project situated at the intersections of li...
01/23/2020
IN ALL MY DREAMS: A Visual Installation | Small Axe Project

Save the date for the opening of IN ALL MY DREAMS, a collective, multivalent project situated at the intersections of literature, history, and visual art in the Caribbean.

Contemporary Haitian artists Nathalie Jolivert, Tessa Mars, and Mafalda Mondestin offer up a visual dialogue with famed Haitian author René Depestre’s prize-winning novel "Hadriana In All My Dreams." The artists will be in conversation with curator and historian Dominique Jean-Louis.

Read more here: http://smallaxe.net/sxlive/all-my-dreams-visual-installation

IN ALL MY DREAMS: A Visual Installation 23 January 2020 Date: Friday, February 21 Venue: Louise McCagg Gallery at Barnard College Time: 7-9pm Join us for the opening of IN ALL MY DREAMS, a collective, multivalent project situated at the intersections of literature, history, and visual art in the Car...

Editorial committee member Harvey Neptune adds his voice to the conversation around the New York Times' #1619Project and...
01/07/2020

Editorial committee member Harvey Neptune adds his voice to the conversation around the New York Times' #1619Project and interrogates how its reinterpretation of history "marks a conservative retreat from the road of anti-racist historiography."

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sx salon 32 is now available! In sx salon 32, an open issue, three very different discussion essays engage the themes of...
01/03/2020
SX Salon | Small Axe Project

sx salon 32 is now available!

In sx salon 32, an open issue, three very different discussion essays engage the themes of space and place and reflect on how Caribbean people move through, shape, and are shaped by their natural and built surroundings.

Carol Bailey’s essay on Kei Miller’s The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion traces Miller’s use of distinctively Caribbean linguistic and rhetorical strategies to reclaim Caribbean spaces from the psychological and material constriction resulting from Euro-imperialist epistemologies. Rojo Robles examines the 1968 documentary The World of Piri Thomas, elaborating the ways that the Nuyorican poet Thomas and the African American photographer/filmmaker Gordon Parks bring their poetic and visual engagements with the New York cityscape to their collaborative “denunciation of poverty and systemic abandonment.” And Amílcar Sanatan interviews the Trinidadian poet and activist Colin Robinson, discussing Robinson’s insights into LGBTI organizing, movement building in diverse locations, and writing as “a site, a tool for testimony, for narcissism, for license, for pleasure, for adventure, for remediation, for risk.”

Also, Canisia Lubrin reviews Kendel Hippolyte; Laëtitia Saint-Loubert reviews Raquel Salas Rivera and Loretta Collins Klobah; Alejandro Stephano Escalante reviews Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes; Daniel Arbino reviews Jasminne Méndez; Matthew Davidson reviews Matthew Casey; and wonderful literary offerings from Janine Shand, Geoffrey Philp, and Justin Haynes.

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sx salon 32 General issue sx salon 32 • October 2019 I find myself thinking a lot about place and space these days—about how the specific human geography of where I am colors my view of things (and how useful, therefore, it is to remember that there are certainly views from elsewhere that will l...

Our November issue is now available! Read the full issue here: http://smallaxe.net/sx/issues/60sx60 features essays by R...
11/03/2019
SX 60: 11.2019 | Small Axe Project

Our November issue is now available! Read the full issue here: http://smallaxe.net/sx/issues/60

sx60 features essays by Raj Chetty, Shanya Cordis, Jason Frydman, Cristina Pérez Jiménez, Daynalí Flores-Rodríguez, and Marina Magloire. The issue also includes an interview with Frank Birbalsingh by Nalini Mohabir and Ronald Cummings and a visual essay by our cover artist La Vaughn Belle, "The Alchemy of Creative Resistance." Our special section by Arnaldo M Cruz Malavé, "Translating the Caribbean," focuses on José Lezama Lima's "Julián del Casal". We close the issue with a book discussion of Christopher Taylor's Empire of Neglect: The West Indies in the Wake of British Imperialism by Adom Getachew, Petal Samuel and Christopher Taylor.

Back Current Upcoming SX 60: 11.2019 La Vaughn Belle Constructioned Manumissions Preface: Alasdair MacIntyre's C. L. R. JamesDavid Scott An Ethics of Discomfort: Katharine Dunham's Vodou BelongingMarina Magloire On Relational Difference: Anti-blackness and Gendered Dispossession in GuyanaShanya Cord...

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sx salon 31 now available! Guest-edited by outgoing editor Kelly Baker Josephs and outgoing book review editor Vanessa K...
10/19/2019
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sx salon 31 now available! Guest-edited by outgoing editor Kelly Baker Josephs and outgoing book review editor Vanessa K. Valdés, the section reflects on the field of online publishing.

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sx salon 31 Contemporary Online Publishing sx salon 31 • June 2019 Transitions are opportunities for reflection. Happily, the current transition in editorial leadership of sx salon (about which, more in a minute) has been expected for some time, allowing us to mark this moment appropriately with a...

SAVVY Contemporary
10/07/2019

SAVVY Contemporary

“So if you are the big tree,
We are the small axe
Ready to cut you down, (well sharp)
To cut you down”

In our SAVVY.doc, we are celebrating the generosity of Small Axe: Give thanks for making this dream come true! Finally (finally!) our shelves are hosting this sharp and striking Caribbean journal which is “committed to rethinking the dominant narratives through which the regional and diasporic Caribbean have been imagined and conceptualized.”
Come and explore the over 50 numbers of this amazing treasure! Join us for Tuesdays in the library – we are open every Tuesday (so, tomorrow!) from 10:00–14:00 (and when our exhibitions are open or when you make an appointment with us to work in the library).

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sx salon 31 is here!This issue marks transitions in our editorial team. New editor: Rachel L. MordecaiNew book reviews e...
09/15/2019
sx salon 31 | Small Axe Project

sx salon 31 is here!
This issue marks transitions in our editorial team.
New editor: Rachel L. Mordecai
New book reviews editor: Ron Cummings
Special Discussion: "Contemporary Online Publishing"
New Digital Literature in Poetry + Prose
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Contemporary Online Publishing sx salon 31 • June 2019 Transitions are opportunities for reflection. Happily, the current transition in editorial leadership of sx salon (about which, more in a minute) has been expected for some time, allowing us to mark this moment appropriately with a special dis...

“‘That Body Always Just a Skin Away’: Brotherly Love and the Intimacies of Men in David Chariandy’s Brother“Michael A. B...
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
Research Center for Material Culture

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)
Please make sure to state the event name and date in your email.

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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.
Read. Share. Love.
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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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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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Hello! I am looking for back issues, specifically March 2000. Having trouble finding anything pre-2001. Any help would be welcome. Thank you!
The current issue of Small Axe focuses on aspects of memory in the Caribbean that are at the center of my new book project.