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Camille Hernandez-Ramdwar, Associate Professor

OFFICE:  JOR-323
TELEPHONE:  416-979-5000 ext 4193
EMAIL:   chernand@ryerson.ca
  


EDUCATION:

B.A., Honours (York University); M.A. (University of Toronto), Ph.D (University of Toronto, Sociology and Equity Studies)


TEACHING INTERESTS:

Caribbean Studies; Race and Racism; Diaspora and Migration Studies; Globalization

Professor Hernandez-Ramdwar has taught at York University, the University of Toronto and Ryerson University in the fields of Caribbean Studies, Humanities, Women’s Studies and Sociology. Her philosophy of teaching is to encourage students to be critical of the world around them and their role in it, and she is most interested in having students leave her classroom with a changed or challenged view of the dominant discourses in our society. Her goal is to inspire and challenge students to think independently and critically and to encourage critique and discussion.


RECENT COURSES:

CRB501:  Caribbean Peoples and Racism in Canada
SOC300:  Sociology of Diversity
CRB502:  Cultures of the Caribbean
CRB500:  Families in the Caribbean


RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Caribbean Studies; Diaspora; Tourism, Transnationalism; Second Generation; African Traditional Religions; Racism in Canada; Globalization; Cultural tourism in the Caribbean

Dr. Hernandez-Ramdwar’s areas of research and interest include Caribbean cultures and identities, Afro-Caribbean religion, diasporic and second generation identities, and racism and Caribbean peoples in Canada. Her recent work appears in Searching for Equality: Inclusion and Equity in the Canadian Academy, University of Toronto Press (2009), Caribbean Review of Gender Studies (Fall 2008), and TOPIA (Fall 2008). Dr. Hernandez-Ramdwar is also a writer of short stories, narratives, and poetry dealing with the issues of diasporic, transnational, and multiracial identities. Her work has been published in anthologies such as Talking About Identity: Encounters in Race, Ethnicity and Language (James and Shadd, 2001), Beneath the Cotton Tree Root (Hopkinson, 2000), and "...but where are you really from?": Stories of Identity and Assimilation in Canada (Palmer, 1997).


RECENT AND KEY PUBLICATIONS

2014 “La Regla de Ocha (Santeria): Afro-Cuban Healing in Cuba and the Diaspora.” In P. Sutherland, R. Moodley, and B. Chevannes (Eds.), Caribbean Healing Traditions: Implications for Health and Mental Health. New York: Routledge.
2013 "African traditional religions in the Caribbean and Brazil: Models of religious tourism and impacts of commodification” Journal of Heritage Tourism 8(1): 81-88.
2013 “‘Rapin’ Shop’: Popular Cultural Texts and Sexual Violence in the Caribbean”. In C. Crawford (Ed.) Caribbean Sexualities, Cave Hill, Barbados: University of West Indies Press.
2010 "A Platform for Social Change:the Challenges of Teaching Caribbean Studies in Canada". Caribbean Journal of Education, Vol.32, 233-258.
2009 “Caribbean Studies in the Academy – We’ve Come a Long Way?” 106-127, in F. Henry and C. Tator (Eds.) Searching for Equality: Inclusion and Equity in the Canadian Academy, University of Toronto Press.
2009 Shottas and Cubatoneros: Badmanism, Bling and Youth Crime in Trinidad and Cuba”. Caribbean Journal if Criminology and Public Safety, Vol. 14, Nos. 1 & 2, 285-305.
2008 “Feteing as Cultural Resistance: The Soca Posse in the Caribbean Diaspora”. TOPIA, No. 20, Fall 2008, 65-91.
2008 “’Neither Lend Out Your Hole to Achieve Piece of Gold’: Child Abuse, Bling Addiction and Soca Music in Trinidad and Tobago”. Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, Vol. 2, http://sta.uwi.edu/crgs/september2008/journals/CamilleHernandez-Ramdwar.pdf .

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Dr. Hernandez-Ramdwar has served on the Ryerson Faculty Association’s Grievance Committee, and has also been a member of the Anti-Racist Coalition at Ryerson. She continues to speak at a variety of community events on and off campus that deal with issues of racism, mixed race identity, and Caribbean cultures.

 

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