Nikoli Attai

Nikoli Attai

Women & Gender Studies Institute


“This Fellowship is important for persons, like myself, engaging in critical decolonial and anti-imperial work.”

Recipient: 2019 Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Dr. Attai has concentrated on multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork across four countries (Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago) to explore transgressive gender and sexual relations and practices across the Anglophone Caribbean communities. Dr. Attai explores the ways that sexual minorities – and specifically trans people – create communities of internal exile within the Caribbean, despite being deeply affected by politically and culturally sanctioned transphobia. His current project involves working with community archivists primarily in Trinidad and Tobago to produce and curate an archive of queer life in that country.

“This Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship for Black and Indigenous scholars is important for persons, like myself, engaging in critical decolonial and anti-imperial work as we continue to emphasise the deeply complicated relationships that Black Indigenous and People of Colour communities share with our worlds across time, place and space.”