Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The International Journal of Bahamian Studies publishes original research about the Bahamas or with significant Bahamian content. The editors aim to publish a mix of articles “based on scientific and sustained analytic enquiry,” along with book / media reviews and advocacy papers. They invite submissions that will be accessible, and of interest, to both specialists and non-specialists in Bahamian studies.
The most recent issue available for review is a 2014 special issue focused on the history and development of the College of the Bahamas in celebration of the College’s 40th Anniversary. It contains articles about the College’s administration, academic schools and departments, cultural and scholarly life, and impact on the community. The issue before that contains a Caribbean Art Music Bibliography (with listings from Antigua to Tobago), along with the program and conference proceedings for the 2013 Bahamas International Symposium on Composers of African and Afro-Caribbean Descent, the article, “Cultural Identity in Bahamian Art Music: The Expression of Four Bahamian Composers,” and a music review of the CD Fresh Paint, by Fred Ferguson and Graffiti. The preceding issue holds an editorial, a short communication about the Arthur Hailey collection at the COB library, four original articles (“When Training is Not Enough: An Appeal to the Work Environment for Transfer of Training in the Bahamian Police Force,” “Hypertension among Haitians Living in the Bahamas,” “A New Look at Old Books: The Collection of the Nassau Public Library in the mid-19th Century,” and “Dog Food Consumption in the Caribbean: A Baseline Study”), a literature review (“Changing on the Inside: Restorative Justice in Prisons: A Literature Review”), and the plenary address, “Constructing Community and Nation in the Archipelago: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” from the College of the Bahamas Independence conference, The Bahamas at 40: Reflecting on the Past, Envisioning the Future.
A look over numerous past issues reveals that they typically contain editorials, short communications, original articles, book and media reviews, commentaries and speeches, literature reviews, and bibliographies. Material here is an eclectic mix of scholarly research and writing, social consciousness pieces, historical studies, local and regional commentaries, and materials of particular interest to the College of the Bahamas community, and it will be of greatest use to researchers in Caribbean studies, arts and music studies, and Bahamian history.