Message from the Director

Welcome to the digital home of the Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies (RAICCS)! RAICCS is a unique space for the exploration of Caribbean epistemologies, transdisciplinary projects, and post-area studies frameworks.

TorresWe are interested in problems as well as questions and initiatives that emerge or are prevalent in the Caribbean and its d iasporas. These include the legacies of European colonialism and slavery and their role in the formation of Western modernity, anti-black racism, indentured servitude and anti-Asian racism, the coloniality of gender and knowledge, the consequences of U.S. expansionism, “strategic” control of the region, and migratory policies, the challenge of “natural” disasters and climate change, and multiple forms of creolization in the formation of languages, music, philosophy, cultures, religions, and spiritualities, among multiple other aspects.

For RAICCS, academic excellence is connected with imperatives for diversification, epistemic justice, and relevance. We consider it important to promote work across and beyond existing academic disciplines, which includes engagement with knowledge producers inside and outside the academy. We facilitate dialogues and collaborations among groups with different approaches and methodologies. Our visitors, interlocutors, and collaborators are local, regional, and international.

Our exciting work is done primarily through our four clusters: Critical Caribbean Studies, Theory, and the Disciplines; Archipelagic Studies and Creolization; Caribbean Aesthetics, Poetics, and Politics; and Caribbean (De)colonialities. You are most welcome to join us in our events. In addition to our website, visit our public Facebook page for the most updated announcements and for pictures from our events:

We look forward to see you soon!


Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Professor
Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies, and
Program in Comparative Literature
Faculty affiliate, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Director, Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies
2018-2019, Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Academy of Science of South Africa
Member of the Executive Board, Frantz Fanon Foundation
President Emeritus, Caribbean Philosophical Association (2008-2013)