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Camille Hernandez-Ramdwar

Hernández-Ramdwar, Camille

Title:

Associate Professor

Education:

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

Office:

JOR-323

Telephone:

416-979-5000 ext 4193

Email Address:

chernand@ryerson.ca

Department:

Sociology

Research Interests:

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

Dr. Hernández-Ramdwar is currently working on the Posting for Peace research project, part of the Rights of Children and Youth Partnership, funded by a SSHRC Partnership grant http://rcypartnership.org/en/. The project investigates the use of social media and ICTs by youth and children in 7 Central American and Caribbean countries, and this this relates to violence.

Dr. Hernández-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 Caribbean Healing Traditions: Implications for Health and Mental Health, Routledge (2014), Journal of Heritage Tourism (2013), 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).

Teaching Interests:

Professor Hernández-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. Professor Hernandez-Ramdwar is the Academic Coordinator for Caribbean Studies at the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education and was instrumental in the development of the Caribbean Studies Certificate housed there.

Current Courses:

CRB100: Introduction to the Caribbean

CRB501:  Caribbean Peoples and Racism in Canada

SOC300:  Sociology of Diversity

CRB605: Caribbean Tourism: Impacts and Resistance

CRB502:  Cultures of the Caribbean

Professional Affiliations:

Dr. Hernández-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.

Awards:

Alan Sheppard EDI Staff Award, Ryerson University, March 2016. Awarded as member of research team for Teaching and Learning from the Margins Project.

Slobodan Drakulic Cross-Disciplinary Teaching Award, Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University, May 2014.

Facebook:

facebook.com/CaribbeanStudiesRU

Twitter:

@cecaribbean

Selected Publications & Presentations:

2016

Burt, G., Sedra, M.,Headley, B., Hernández-Ramdwar, C.,Seepersad, R., Wortley, S. Deportation, Circular Migration and Organized Crime: Jamaica Case Study.Security Governance/Public Safety Canada. http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/2016-r007/index-en.aspx

2016

Hernández-Ramdwar, C. Introduction to the Caribbean: Diversity, Challenges, Resiliency, 2nd Edition. E-book, Kendall Hunt Publishers 2016.

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

Neverson,N., Fumia, D., Hernández-Ramdwar, C., Jamal, A. & Knight,    M.(2013).Inhabiting Critical Spaces:Teaching and Learning From the Margins at Ryerson University. Learning and Teaching Office, Ryerson University. https://www.ryerson.ca/content/dam/lt/grants/ltef/LTEF_Final_Reports/LTEF_Neverson.pdf

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.

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 of 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