What are the policies and historical events that shaped and continue to transform the identity and society of the Caribbean?
We build on the theories about the Caribbean that come from the Caribbean, and promote interdisciplinary collaborations because they are key to achieving a holistic view of social justice in and for the Caribbean. The CSN team and their collaborators strive to advance an agenda that integrates the work of academics, artists, writers, entrepreneurs, community organizations, activists, and other agents of change. As an inclusive platform, we aspire to create a space for silenced voices that have been lost or eclipsed among official or foreign narratives. Our methodology is based on objectives that run parallel to a social justice agenda:
(1) access and present a kaleidoscope of narratives,
(2) highlight popular and academic knowledge in a balanced way, highlighting artistic expressions and first-hand accounts, and
(3) disseminate resources to all communities.
In the words of Michel-Rolph Trouillot, “History is the fruit of power, but the power itself is never so transparent that its analysis becomes superfluous. The maximum mark of power may be its invisibility; The last challenge, the exposition of its roots.“ By uprooting the effects of colonialism and imperialism, we can deconstruct and rewrite stories of what the Caribbean knows and really is us, and how it continues to change over time. In this effort, visibility has become a key feature in the guidelines and perspectives that shape our framework and sharpen our tools.