University Press Week enters its second decade of celebrating excellence in university press publishing. Each year, the Association of University Presses (AUPresses) takes a tour of the blogs in our publishing community with a series that daily addresses different aspects of the week’s theme. This year’s theme, #NextUP, reflects the constant spirit of learning, adaptation, and evolution among university presses.
We’re joining in the UP Week celebrations with today’s blog post about our new book series, “Caribbean Crossroads: Race, Identity, and Freedom Struggles,” edited by Caribbean studies scholars Lillian Guerra, Devyn Spence Benson, April Mayes, and Solsiree del Moral.
This new series focuses on varied and contradictory histories of the Caribbean with a particular focus on Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and their transnational ties. It will highlight scholarship that explores the Caribbean as a racialized space and that identifies the ways whiteness and Blackness work in the region. The series is dedicated to publishing projects based on fieldwork in Caribbean libraries, archives, homes, and streets that reflect local experiences and viewpoints.
In October, editors of the Caribbean Crossroads series discussed their goals for the series and their vision for creating new opportunities and new narratives in the study of Caribbean history. The series editors were joined by Stephanye Hunter, editor-in-chief at the Press. Watch the conversation here: