Kela Nnarka Francis, professor
Kela Nnarka Francis 🇹🇹 is an assistant professor at the University of Trinidad and Tobago. She earned her PhD in Caribbean Literature from Howard University in 2012 and continues to research topics in Caribbean literature, culture, and society. She is particularly interested in the secular rituals in the Caribbean and the wider African diaspora.
Some of her publications include: The African Masking Process (2015), “Beyond Genre: Black Elements in Radiohead's ‘Bloom’ or Black Music/White Music, What's the Difference?” (2017), “The Spirituality of Carnival: Using Yoruba Cosmology to Read The Dragon Can’t Dance” (2015), “From Old World Gods to New World Ritual: Kamau Brathwaite’s Islands.” (2014)
Currently she is working on a monograph on the Ritual of Carnival: The Litany of a National Ritual.