Editorial Advisory Board

Serendipity is expanding its publishing portfolio and is establishing an Editorial Advisory Board to underpin this area of development. Serendipity’s mission includes providing an outlet for the unheard voices and stories from people of African and Caribbean heritage working in professional contexts in Britain and internationally.

The organisation’s focus is on the arts, with special reference to dance and social and cultural histories.  Its first publications evolved out of the proceedings/papers presented at LDIF’s annual conferences, but it also commissions edited collections and accepts proposals to publish academic theses and books.

The Editorial Advisory Board will be galvanised into action as Serendipity’s next publication will focus on ‘African Dance Development in the UK during the period 1950 – 2000’.

Adesola Akinleye

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Dr Adesola Akinleye began her career as a dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem, later establishing her company, DancingStrong, which creates dance in the UK and internationally. Her recent works include Untitled: Women’s Work, an international commission from the Center for the Education of Women, USA. This project informed Adesola’s recent chapter, ‘Her Life in Movement…’, in the publication ‘Researching Embodied Sport: Exploring Movement Cultures’, edited by Ian Wellard. Also, ‘Passing 2: The Price of a Ticket’ premièred this year as a duet at Duke University, USA, and then as a solo at LDIF16.

Her most recent work for young audiences, ‘’Light Steps, premièred at the Turner Contemporary Museum 2014 and has toured UK though 2016.

Adesola is a Fellow of the RSA. She holds a PhD in dance/sociology of the body and embodiment, Canterbury Christ Church University. She has an MA in Dance, Middlesex University. She has been a guest teacher/choreographer internationally including Dance Theatre of Harlem Summer programmes. She is a part-time Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University. Adesola is editor of the forthcoming book, ‘Narratives from Black British Dance: Embodied Practices’.

Her interest in dance as a language for communication of embodied experience has led her to community-informed starting points.


David Dabydeen

David Dabydeen

Critic, writer and novelist David Dabydeen was born in 1955 in Berbice, Guyana, moving to England with his parents in 1969.

He read English at Cambridge University, gained a doctorate at University College London in 1982 and was awarded a research fellowship at Wolfson College, Oxford. David Dabydeen is Director of the Centre for Caribbean Studies and Professor at the Centre for British Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Warwick. He is also Guyana’s Ambassador-at-Large and a member of UNESCO’s Executive Board. In 2001 he wrote and presented ‘The Forgotten Colony’, a BBC Radio 4 programme exploring the history of Guyana. He is the author of four novels, three collections of poetry and several works of non-fiction and criticism. His first book, ‘Slave Song’ (1984), a collection of poetry, won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize and the Quiller-Couch Prize. A new collection, ‘Turner’, was published in 2002.

His first novel, ‘The Intended’ (1991), the story of a young Asian student abandoned in London by his father, won the Guyana Prize for Literature.

David Dabydeen’s most recent book is ‘Molly and the Muslim Stick’ (2008) and he has recently edited books for the Coventry-based Heaventree Press. In 2007, he was awarded the Hind Rattan (Jewel of India) Award for his outstanding contribution to literature and the intellectual life of the Indian diaspora.

Gladys M. Francis

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Dr Gladys M. Francis is a native of Guadeloupe. She teaches in the United States, at Georgia State University, Atlanta. As the Director of the South Atlantic Center of the Institute of the Americas, Dr Francis facilitates academic and artistic collaborations throughout the south eastern region of the United States.

Her research interests involve Caribbean Studies; Theory and Cultural Studies; Francophone, African, and African Diaspora Studies; Visual and Media Studies; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Dr Francis’s research on the Black body offers a reading together of the literary and performing arts (as well as traditional Caribbean dance, music, and oral practices) to arrive at a transregional (trans-Caribbean and transatlantic), trans-genre, and transdisciplinary conversation in Women, Gender, and Africana studies.

Dr Francis’s career includes numerous publications, invited lectures, interviews, teaching awards, and international research grants and fellowships. She has also directed and coordinated several research field trips and long-term study abroad programmes in Africa, the Caribbean and Europe.