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IGDS Public Lecture — Violet Eudine Barriteau

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IGDS Public Lecture to mark the end of the 15th Anniversary Celebrations of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies and in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 2009What Love Has to Do With it?: Sexuality, Work and Power in Caribbean Gender RelationsPublic Lecture by Prof. Violet Eudine BarriteauFriday November 20th 2009, 5:30 p.m.Daaga Auditorium, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine CampusThis public lecture marks the end of the 15th Anniversary celebration of the CGDS, and also forms part of the IGDS commemoration of International Day Against Violence Against Women.What Love has to do with it?: Sexuality, Work and Power in Caribbean Gender RelationsViolet Eudine BarriteauIn this lecture Prof Barriteau applies Anna Jonasdottir's construction of 'love power' towards developing a theory of sexuality and power in the contemporary Commonwealth Caribbean1 using Barbados as a case study. She engages in a triple play on the meanings of the word 'coming' and anchor these meanings to black feminist theorising of the concept of 'home' (Barriteau 2006: 21-22; Carby 1997: 47; Smith 1983: 64-72).She explores some of the complications romantic loving pose for Caribbean women. Of particular interest is the revelation of the continuities between ongoing attempts to subordinate women and the sense of powerlessness that often arises in women's heterosexual, socio-sexual unions. She attempts to track how these complications become extrapolated into wider systemic inequalities, (especially in conditions of work and employment), even as these are simultaneously reflected back onto the individual relationships and their representations of gendered hierarchies of power and inequalities.Pivotal to the analysis is the centrality of work in Caribbean women's lives, as they navigate the intersections of the public and the private, production and reproduction. The challenge is to work backwards and forwards from the dynamics of that basic union (played out in private, intimate spaces such as the home), to contemporary developments in Caribbean political economy.BiographyProfessor Violet Eudine Barriteau is a Grenadian born Caribbean feminist, scholar and activist with considerable experience in research, administration and coordination of regional projects. Professor Barriteau holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Howard University, an MPA in Public Sector Financial Management from New York University and a B.Sc., Upper Second Honours in Public Administration and Accounting from the University of the West Indies. Professor Barriteau was the first Head of the Centre for Gender and Development Studies Nita Barrow Unit, the first woman at The University of the West Indies to be appointed Campus Coordinator, School for Graduate Studies and Research and the second woman to be appointed Deputy Principal at the Cave Hill Campus. She has written over fifteen chapters in books and seven articles in peer reviewed journals.Some of her more recent publications include:"Confronting Power and Politics: A Feminist Theorizing of Gender in Commonwealth Caribbean Societies." In The Political Interests of Gender Revisited: Redoing Theory and Research With a Feminist Face. Eds, Anna G. Jonasdottir and Kathleen B. Jones, 122-148 Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009."Coming, Coming, Coming Home: Applying Anna Jonasdottir's Theory of 'Love Power' to Theorising Sexuality and Power in Caribbean Gender Relations." In GEXCEL Work in Progress Report: Vol 2 August 2008: 13-26"The Theoretical Strengths and Relevance of Black Feminist Scholarship: A Caribbean Feminist Perspective". In Feminist Africa. Vol. 7 no. 1. January 2007: 9-31"Engendering Development or Gender Main-streaming? A Critical Assessment from the Commonwealth Caribbean". In Feminist Economics and the World Bank: History, Theory, and Policy. Eds. Edith Kuiper and Drucilla Barker, 176-198. New York: Routledge, 2006.

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