Heather Smyth is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of English at York University, Toronto. Her primary areas of research are Caribbean women's literature and Canadian multicultural/multiracial literature. Publications include articles in ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, Topia: A Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, and Studies in Canadian Literature. In 2003 she will begin an appointment as assistant professor of English at the University of Waterloo.
Deborah A. Thomas teaches in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. Her book Out of Many, One (Black) People: Nationalism, Globalization, and the Politics of Culture in Jamaica, is forthcoming.
Jenny Burman is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Culture of Cities Project, York University, Toronto. Her essay in this issue adapts part of her Ph.D. dissertation, “Economies of Nostalgia and Yearning: Travelling the Route between Toronto and Jamaica” (York University, 2001). Her current research interests include the diasporization of Canadian cities and the deportation of legal residents deemed unwanted by the Canadian state.
David Scott teaches in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University, New York. He is presently completing a manuscript entitled “Conscripts of Modernity: An Essay on the Tragedy of Colonial Enlightenment.”
Rachel Manley is the author of the memoirs Drumblair: Memories of a Jamaican Childhood (1996) and Slipstream: A Daughter Remembers (2000), and the collection of poetry A Light Left On(1992). She is also the editor of Edna Manley: The Diaries (1989).