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2018 - 42nd National Council for Black Studies Conference Words: 212 words || 
1. Louis, Bertin. "Religious Habitus among Bahamians of Haitian Descent" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 42nd National Council for Black Studies Conference, The Westing Buckhead, Atlanta, GA, <Not Available>. 2020-02-27 <>
Publication Type: Panelist Abstract
Abstract: This paper looks at the development of religious habitus through embodied worship at Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene where Bahamians of Haitian descent worship within the larger context of a black, Christian and xenophobic Bahamas. I argue that the development of the religious habitus of Bahamians of Haitian descent through varying forms of worship is a key component of an eventual Bahamian identity that partly requires them to be Christians as the majority of the Bahamas identifies as Christian. I focus on these sociocultural processes at Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene, a church founded to minister to the population of “Haitian-Bahamians.” Focusing on Haitian Protestant hymnody, liturgical dance and prayer reflects social processes of individual and collective self-remaking through embodied and linguistic practices which allow Bahamians of Haitian descent to negotiate their different contested identities. Specifically, Bahamians of Haitian descent attempt to resist regularized Haitian societal marginalization by integrating cultural and religious practices found in Haitian and Bahamian religious communities into their identities. In particular this paper discusses how Bahamians of Haitian descent develop a unique, hybrid Christian habitus that is constituted by Haitian and Bahamian dispositions, both embodied and linguistic, and is developed through bodily and spiritual practices. This, in turn, helps them negotiate cultural belonging in the Bahamas.

2011 - Seventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Words: 79 words || 
2. McDonald, Anika. "Bahamian Junkanoo: A sensuous performance of cultural identity" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain Illini Union, Urbana, IL, May 17, 2011 <Not Available>. 2020-02-27 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: This paper explores the performance of cultural expression and collective memory of the Junkanoo festival in the Bahamas. More specifically, I dwell on how the sensescape of smell, texture, sight, sound, and taste attributed to Junkanoo manifest sensuous routes of cultural identity discovery and communitas through the performance of ritual. Drawing from performance ethnography, a discovery of the meanings and memories of the embodied experiences will be (re)told by a sensuous and self-reflexive co-performance between Junkanoo and myself.

2013 - SCRA Biennial Meeting Words: 215 words || 
3. Bain, Craig., Decius, Caronique., Lightbourne, Victronia. and Hall-campbell, Niambi. "The National Youth Leadership Certification: Youth Development Training in a Bahamian Context" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SCRA Biennial Meeting, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, Jun 26, 2013 <Not Available>. 2020-02-27 <>
Publication Type: Poster
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Youth in The Bahamas (persons between the ages of 16-25) are plagued with problems such as ‘low academic achievement, poverty, the inability to effectively resolve conflicts, substance abuse, increased crime and violence, teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS/s & STD’s, lack of respect for authority and a plethora of other ills’ (Blank, 2005; Dames, Henry & LaFleur, 1997). In response to these problems, the National Youth Leadership Certification Programme (NYLC) was developed with a specific curriculum that seeks to train and sharpen the skills of volunteer youth workers in techniques to assist in development that will result in individual growth and by extension nation building. The NYLC was a 12 week programme which consisted of 63 diverse Afro-Bahamian participants belonging to different youth organizations and of different socioeconomic backgrounds. The mode of instruction was through training modules which addressed: conflict resolution, leadership, drug and alcohol abuse, branding and communication, the importance of professional development, how to organize a youth group and personal development. This study will address “communal thriving through research” as it contributes to, the much needed, literature on the problems faced by Bahamian youth and provides recommendations and improvements for the continued development of the NYLC. Participants will be encouraged to engage in cross-cultural dialogue regarding social change efforts through youth leadership programs.

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