The idea of the Carisealand Syllabus follows in the vein of other syllabus projects that seek to position current events within a broader intellectual, historical and sociopolitical contexts, by curating a list of resources that directly and indirectly inform that current event. From the #PuertoRicoSyllabus to the #FergusonSyllabus and #LemonadeSyllabus, these projects have provided platforms for scholars, students and citizens to think and talk about critical events and movements across a range of platforms and audiences.
In the same way, the #CarisealandSyllabus attempts to take the Carisealand Mapping project one step further and curate a space for a broader conversation about the reality of climate change in the Caribbean at the intersection of environmental humanities, climate science, environmental activism, Caribbean futurism and digital studies.
Much of the content of the #CarisealandSyllabus began in classrooms, particularly in the Digital Humanities Research (HIS115) course in Semester 2, 2018-2019, taught by Dr. Schuyler Esprit at Dominica State College (a requirement of the Create Caribbean internship program) and in Modern Caribbean History Course at Duke University, taught by Dr. Laurent Dubois. Other significant contributions have come from guest contributors, particularly from faculty at Dominica State College and interviews done by interns in the Create Caribbean Research and Service Learning Program as part of their project requirements for the internship.
The content in the syllabus includes four main areas:
- Alternate Caribbean Futures (ACF Docuseries)
- Class Projects in Digital Humanities
- Carisealand Bibliography
- Carisealand Blog