Andrea Davis is a specialist in the literatures and cultures of the Black Americas. She is appointed to the graduate programs in English, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies. As a literary and cultural theorist, her research focuses on the literary productions of black women in the Americas and on constructions of youth culture, gender and sexuality.
She is particularly interested in the intersections of the literature and cultures of the Caribbean, the United States and Canada, and her work encourages an intertextual cross-cultural dialogue about black people’s experiences in diaspora. Her SSHRC-funded research on youth and community development through the arts, housed at CERLAC, was profiled in the Council of Ontario Universities’ Research Matters campaign in 2012-2013.
Youth and Community Development in Canada and Jamaica: A Transnational Approach to Youth Violence
In the 2011-2014 SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, “Youth and Community Development in Canada and Jamaica: A Transnational Approach to Youth Violence,” Jamaican and Canadian youth collaborated on arts-based projects (music, dance, theatre) to share and articulate concerns about the social and cultural challenges facing youth.
Dans le cadre du projet Youth and Community Development in Canada and Jamaica : A Transnational Approach to Youth Violence, subventionné par le CRSH dans le volet Développement de partenariats, de jeunes Jamaïcains et Canadiens ont travaillé en collaboration sur des projets artistiques (musique, danse et théâtre). Au sein de cette collaboration, les jeunes ont pu échanger et articuler leurs préoccupations au sujet des défis sociaux et culturels auxquels ils doivent faire face.
Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose
[with Carl James] (Halifax, Nova Scotia: Fernwood Publishing, 2012)
This volume explores the political, economic, historical and cultural connections between Canada and Jamaica and reflects on issues of migration, language and cultures, diaspora experiences, and social and geographic mobility.
Sex and the Nation: Performing Black Female Sexuality in Canadian Theatre.
African-Canadian Theatre, edited by Maureen Moynagh. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2005. 107-122.
This chapter focuses on carnival as a deliberately “transgressive” cultural space and examines the role of performance and theatre in challenging gender roles and racial and class stereotypes in the Caribbean and Canada.