Department of English and Comparative Literature

Professor Joan Anim-Addo

Position held:
Professor of Caribbean Literature and Culture

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16 Laurie Grove
New Cross
London SE14 6NW

Office hours:
Wed 13.00-14.00
Fri 16.00-17.00
On Reaearch Leave Autumn Term 2014

B.Ed (Hons), MA, PhD. Appointed Goldsmiths, Director of the Centre for Caribbean Studies, 1994.


I am currently the convenor for the undergraduate option: Caribbean Women's Writing. I also convene the Pathway 'Literature of the Caribbean and its Diasporas' within the MA Comparative Literary Studies programme.

Areas of supervision

Natasha Bonnelame
Translated Modernities: Locating the Modern Subject in Caribbean Literature

Marl'ene Edwin
In the Body of the Archive: Representations of Creole Language and Culture

Sonia Hope
Challenging (In)difference: Reassessing Theories of Authorship in Relation to Black British Women’s Literature

Tendai Marima
Suns of the Mbira: A Critical Exploration of the Multiple Figurations of Femininity in Selected Fiction by Yvonne Vera and Tsitsi Dangaremba

Midori Saito
Reading Jean Rhys in the Context of Caribbean Literature: Re-positioning her texts in the Negritude Movement and the Caribbean Literary Renaissance

Rachel Thompson
Narratives of Return: The Contemporary Caribbean Writer and the Quest for Home

Presentations and exhibitions

November 2014
The Crossing (based on Imonda)
Actors Church, Covent Garden,
UK Premiere

April 2014
The Crossing (based on Imonda)
Tulane University, USA

May 2008
Imoinda (full length libretto)
SOTA, Geneseo New York, World Premiere

June 1998   
Imoinda (Reading)
The Oval House Theatre, London

October 1996
At Gulley’s Edge* (full length play)
The Oval House Theatre, London

*(shortlisted for Alfred Fagon Award, 1997)

Grants & awards

2011-13  AHRC, Translating Cultures Award

2011       British Academy Grant

2009       ‘Critical Perspectives on Joan Anim-Addo’s Imoinda’: AHRC-funded postgraduate seminar

2007       Daily News Prize for Poetry

2007       London Borough of Lewisham Housing Black Staff Forum Award

2005       British Academy Grant

2004-5   Centre for Excellence in Learning Technology Fellowship

2001       British Academy Grant

2000       Arts Council Bursary

1998       Talawa Theatre’s Woman Writer’s Bursary

1997       London Borough of Lewisham Housing Black Staff Forum Award


Professional activities

  • Director of the Centre for Caribbean Studies
  • Member of the Caribbean and African Research Network(CARN)
  • Founder-Editor of Mango Season, the Journal of Caribbean Women's Writing

Editorial Board Member

Feminist Review
New Mango Season
Mango Season
Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal

European Networks

Participant member in ATHENA Network III (European Thematic Network): Activity 1A, Travelling Concepts. Subgroup: Theorizing, Teaching and Practicing Interculturality.

Participant in ATHENA NETWORK II (European Thematic Network): Activity 2B1, Teaching Travelling Concepts. Subgroup: ReSisters Theorizing, Teaching and Practicing Interdisciplinarity.

Keynote lectures

November 2009  
‘The Migrant Woman Subject in Black British Writing’, 
Roskilde University, Denmark

December 2008 
‘Transatlantic Slavery: Considering Testifying Black Voices’,
University of Athens.

October 2008
‘Beyond the Spectacle of Notting Hill Carnival: Text, Theory and Practice’,
AfroEuropeans Conference, University of Leon, Spain.

June 2008
‘A Scottish Legacy in Grenada and the Grenadines’,
Caribbean-Scottish Passages: History, Language and Literature Conference, University of Stirling, Scotland.

December 2007
‘Challenging Gender Studies: Rendering the Black Body Visible in Europe’,
University of Athens.

October, 2007
Theory Trouble: Creolization and (Caribbean) Women’s Writing’,
Vigo University, Spain.

November 2000
‘Black Women Gazing or Looks that Might Kill’,
The Black Gaze Conference:  International Perspectives on African and African-World Literature and Visual Culture, London.



September 2013, ‘Perspectives from ‘Other’ Cultures Translating Culture’, Goldsmiths, University of London.

June 2011, 'Comparative Critical Conversations', 6th International Conference of Caribbean Women's Writing, Goldsmiths, University of London.

February, 2009, ATHENA: Resisters’ European Seminar, Goldsmiths, University of London.

April, 2007, 'Writing, Diaspora and the Legacy of Slavery', 5th International Conference of Caribbean Women's Writing, Goldsmiths, University of London.

October, 2005, ‘Caribbean Connections/ Creole Realities’: An Interdisciplinary Caribbean’

2003, ‘Writing Black British, 1792-2002: A Symposium, Friday 24 October, Goldsmiths.

April, 2001, International Conference: ‘Swinging Her Breasts at History’: Caribbean Women’s Literature, Goldsmiths College.

May 1998, International Conference: '(Sub) Versions, In Versions, Dub Versions', Goldsmiths College.

May, 1996, International Conference,:  ‘Centre of Remembrance: Memory and Caribbean Women’s Writing’ Goldsmiths College.

June, 1994, International Conference: ‘Framing the Word: Gender and Genre in Caribbean Women’s Writing’, Goldsmiths College.

Television and video output

April 2010
Critical Perspectives on Joan Anim-Addo’s Imoinda dvd

October 2008
‘Longest Journey’, Documentary for

April 2004
TV Round Table Debate, Dominican Republic

Open University Film, BBC2

BBC Education, ‘Something to Think About’ Series


Interview with Radio Havana, for Caribbean Outlook

Papers presented

November 2013
‘The Entangled Caribbean\African Imaginary: Writing Affect and the Interdiasporic Encounter’,
Callaloo Conference, Oxford University.

October 2013
‘Considering Black British Feminism and Alter(native) Vindication of Rights’, A Vindication of the Rights of Black Women: A Panel Discussion on Black Feminism,
Cambridge University.

November 2009
‘Black British Literature Representing a Fractured Past: Absences, Amnesia, Critical Resistance and the Academy’,
Fractured Narratives Conference, Goldsmiths, University of London.

May 2008
‘Caribbean-Scottish Relations: Authorising Familial Disassociation’,
University of Trento, Italy.

March 2008
‘‘Teaching Black British Literature and the Arts: At Home and Abroad’, Joan Anim-Addo (Goldsmiths, University of London) in conversation with: Les Back (Goldsmiths), R.Victoria Arana (Howard University, USA), and Bénédicte Ledent (Liege University, Belgium), 
On Whose Terms? “Critical Negotiations in Black British Literature and the Arts”, 
Hosted by Goldsmiths, University of London (13th-14th March 2008).

November 2007
“To leap our discontinuities: Methodology and the History of Juliana ‘Lily’ Mulzac of Union Island … Creole Family Patterns and Scottish Disassociation”,
Islands in Between: Language, Literature and Culture of the Eastern Caribbean, St Maarten.

March 2007
“Theorising the Creole Text: African-Caribbean Women’s Writing, Critical Silences and Complex Challenges”,
The Caribbean Unbound III, Franklin College, Switzerland.

January 2007
‘Considering the Museum: The Black Body in Europe, the Primitive, Neo-Primitive and the Real’,
University of Leicester, UK.

August 2006
‘Figurations of Caribbean Women’s Writing’ “Figur/Azioni: Genere, corpi, intercultura”,
Raccontar(si) Laboratorio di mediazione interculturale, International Summer School, Prato, Italy.

August 2006
Black Women Narrating the Post-Windrush Self: Selected Novels by Beryl Gilroy and Joan Riley’, 
AfroEuropeans Conference, Leon University, Spain, 2006.

June 2006
“‘Good Scotch Blood’ in the Family:  Mary Seacole, Juliana ‘Lily’ Mulzac and the Authorizing of Familial Connections”,
The Caribbean Woman Writer as Scholar, May 30-June 3.

May, 2004
‘Gender and Sexuality in Caribbean Women’s Literature: A Conversation with Writers, Joan Anim-Addo & Thomas Glave’,
University of Trento.

April, 2004
‘A Reality She Preferred’: Alba Ambert’s The Passion of Maria Magdalena Stein as travel Writing,
The 9th International Caribbean Women writers and Scholars Conference, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

April 2003
‘Small Ironies: The Marketing of Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place as Travel Writing’Black Travel Writing,
Howard University, Washington, DC.

February 2003
‘‘Haunted by History”,
SUNY Geneseo, New York, USA.

August 2002
‘Caribbean Women’s Writing and Cultural Mediation’,
University of Florence.

September 2001
‘Speaking as a Woman’: African-Caribbean Women’s Testimony and Nineteenth Century Human Rights Discourse,
‘Liberty and Literature’ Conference, Manchester University.

August, 2001
Poetry Reading,
Fedon Bookstore, St. Georges, Grenada.

January 2001
Centro de Linguistica Applicada, Santiago de Cuba.

September 1999 Poetry Reading,
Kent Literature Festival, The Metropole Arts Centre, Kent,

June 1998
‘Dreaming A World’
HMS President, Victoria Embankment.

January 1999
‘Writer Defined Literary Concerns & Caribbean Creole: Three Case Studies’, 
Santiago de Cuba.

May, 1998
‘Deconstructing Angel: Caribbean womanhood in texts by Merle Collins’,

May 1997
‘Another Doorway? Black Women Writing The Museum Experience’, 
Inter-Active: World Cultures and Museum Education Conference, London: Museum of Mankind. 

April 1997
‘Butterflies, Satellites and Spiral Notebooks: Reading The African-Caribbean Woman Writer’s Project’,
Co(n)texts: Implcazioni Testuali conference, Trento, Italy.

June 1996
The Caribbean Short Story in English,
Université d’Angers, France.

April 1996
“Winds of Change”: The Transforming Voices of Women,
Florida International University, USA.

Research interests

My recent research activities include: Caribbean Literature and diaspora, women’s writing, Feminist perspectives, Black presence in Europe, Caribbean-Scottish Interconnections, Creolisation, Interculturality and humanism.

Previous research includes African-Caribbean women’s fiction, the Black Presence in Britain (sixteenth century to present day), Networking women, Memory and History and Creolistics.

Current research projects:

Selected publications

Books (authored/edited)


Imoinda: Or She Who Will Lose Her Name, London: Mango Publishing 2008.

Janie, Janie: Cricketing Lady (poetry) London: Mango Publishing, 2007.

Imoinda: Or She Who Will Lose Her Name – A Play for Twelve Voices in Three Acts / Imoinda, Colei Che Perder Il Nome Opera dodici voci in tre atti, traduzione, di Giovanna Covi e Chiara Pedrotti, in Covi, Giovanna, ed., Voci femminili caraibiche e interculturalita, Trento: Universita di Trento, 2003. 

Voice, Memory, Ashes (co-ed. with Jacob Ross), London: Mango Publishing, 1999.

Another Doorway: Visible Inside the Museum (Ed.), London:  Mango Publishing, 1999.

Haunted by History: Poetry, London: Mango Publishing, London, 1998.


Sugar, Spices and Human Cargo: An Early Black History of Greenwich, London: Borough of Greenwich, 1996.

Longest Journey: A History of Black Lewisham,London: Deptford Forum, 1995.


Interculturality and Gender, London: Mango Publishing, 2009 (co-edited with Giovanna Covi and Mina Karavanta).

Touching The Body: History, Language and African-Caribbean Women’s Writing, London: Mango Publishing, 2007.

I am Black, White, Yellow: An Introduction to the Black Body in Europe, London: Mango Publishing, 2007 (co-edited with Suzanne Scafe).

Caribbean-Scottish Relations: Colonial and Contemporary Inscriptions in History, Language and Literature, London: Mango Publishing, 2007. (co-written with Giovanna Covi, Velma Pollard and Carla Sassi).

Resisters in Conversation: Representation, Responsibility, Complexity, Pedagogy, York: Raw Nerve Press, 2006. (co-written with Giovanna Covi et al).

Centre of Remembrance: Memory and Caribbean Women’s Literature, (edited & with an introduction & chapter), London: Mango Publishing, 2002.

Framing The Word: Gender & Genre in Caribbean Women’s Writing (edited & with an introduction & chapter), London: Whiting & Birch, London, 1996.

Chapters in books/edited works 

‘Writing and Resistance: Tracing Grenada’s Written Literary Tradition.’ Eds. Faraclas, N., R. Severing, C. Weijer, E. Echteld, and M. Hinds-Layne.  Eds. Transcultural Roots Uprising:  The Rhizomatic Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the Caribbean.  Willemstad: University of Curaçao and Fundashon pa Planifikashon di Idioma, 2013, pp.17-32.

“I, Daughter”: Auto/Biography, Fractured Histories, and Familial Quest for “Scotch Blood” in Grenada and the Grenadines. Eds. Carla Sassi and Theo van Heijnsbergen. Within and Without Empire: Scotland Across the (Post)colonial Borderline. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, pp.168-94.

‘Tracing Knowledge, Culture and Power: Towards an Intercultural approach to Literary Studies’. Eds. Joan Anim-Addo, Giovanna Covi and Assimina Karavanta, Interculturality and Gender, London: Mango Publishing, 2009, pp.

‘Autobiographical Negotiation in Selected Novels by Beryl Gilroy and Joan Riley: Black Women Narrating the Post-Windrush Self’, in Afroeurope@ns: Cultures and Identities, London: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008, pp.156-66.

‘Towards a Post-Western Humanism Made to the Measure of Those Recently Recognized as Human’, in A. Karavanta & N. Morgan, (eds.) Edward Said and Jacques Derrida: Reconstellating Humanism and the Global Hybrid. London: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008, pp.250-273.

‘Women Activists against Enslavement’, in Torrington et Al, Equiano: Enslavement, Resistance & Abolition, London: Equiano Society and Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery, 2008, pp70-77.

“Inventing the Self: An introduction to the Black Woman Subject”, in I am Black, White, Yellow: An Introduction to the Black Body in Europe, London: Mango Publishing, 2007 (Anim-Addo & Scafe eds).

“Caribbean Women’s History”, in D.W. Johnson (ed.), An Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2005, pp.496-502.

‘Pan-Africanist Women, Modernity, Silence: Amy Ashwood Garvey, and Other Invisible Activists’. In Covi, Giovanna, (ed.), Modernist Women, Race, Nation: Networking Women 1890-1950, Circum-Atlantic Connections, London: Mango Publishing, 2005, pp.96-117.

“Queen Victoria’s Black Daughter”, in Black Victorians, Black Victoriana, Gerzina, Gretchen, (ed)., N Y: Rutger’s University Press, 2003

“The Colour of Silence” in IC3, Kadija Sesay & C. Newland (eds.), Penguin, 2000.

“Anguish and The Absurd: Key Moments, Recreated Lives and the Emergence of New Figures of Black Womanhood in the Narrative Works of Beryl Gilroy”, in Winds of Change, Newson, A. & Linda Strong-Leek (eds), New York: Peter Lang, 1998.

Papers (selected)

‘Translational Space and Creolising Aesthetics in Three Women’s Novels: the Diasporic (Re)turn’. Eds. Joan Anim-Addo,  Giovanna Covi and Maria Helena Lima. Synthesis, Special Issue. The ‘Other’ as Cultural Translator, Vol. V (2013).

‘Gendering Creolisation: Creolising Affect’. Eds. Joan Anim-Addo and Suzanne Scafe. Affects and Creolisation. Feminist Review, Special Issue 104, 2013, 5-23(29).

“Hija y su ama de llaves”, trans. Irene Pérez, Revolución y Cultura, 2012, 55-58.

“Black British Literature in British Universities – A Twenty-first Century Reality?”, (co-authored with Les Back)English Subject Centre Newsletter, Issue 15, October, 2008, 10-14.

‘Autobiograpical Negotiation in Selected Novels by Beryl Gilroy and Joan Riley: Black Women Narrating the Post-Windrush Self’. In Marta Sofia Lopez (ed.), Afroeurope@ns, Cultures and Identities, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008, pp.156-66.

Daughter and his housekeeper”, Edinburgh Review: Caribbean Logic, Issue 123, May 2008, pp65-71.

“We Sleeping Volcanoes; We Women”: Writing Self, Memory and Diaspora in Imoinda or She Who Will Lose Her Name”. In Wolfgang Zach & Michael Kenneally (eds.), Stauffenburg Verlag Brigitte, 2008, pp.253-260.

“Sister Goose’s Sisters: African-Caribbean Women’s Nineteenth-Century Testimony”, in Women, a Cultural Review, 15:1, Spring 2004, 25-56.

“Small Ironies: Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place as Travel Writing”, The Sonia Sanchez Literary Review, 9:1, Fall, 2003, 199-203.

“Imoinda Birthing the Creole Nation: Rewriting Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko, in Rubik, M, Jorge Figuero-Dorrego, & Bernard Dhuicq (eds.), Revisiting and Reinterpreting Aphra Behn: Proceedings...Strasbourg 2002Entrevaux, France: Bilingua GA Editions, 2003, pp75-82.

“To Begin Our Knowing”: The Claiming of Authority and the Writing of Imoinda”, Trento: Labirinti, 2003.

 “The African-Caribbean Woman Writer’s Project: Merle Collins and Alecia McKenzie”, Trento: Labirinti, 47, 131-50.

‘Windrush Children and Broken Attachments’, Race and Cultural Education in Counselling (RACE) Multi-Cultural Journal, Summer 2000, No 23, pp.11-17.

Another Doorway? Black Women Writing The Museum Experience”, Journal of Museum Ethnography, 10, May 1998.

“Woman-Centred Narratives at the Intersections of the oral and literary traditions in the short stories of Merle Collins”, in Journal of The Short Story, Presses de L’Université D’Angers, (26, Spring, 1996).



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