Liminal Spaces: Migration and Women of the Guyanese Diaspora - cover image


Grace Aneiza Ali

Published On





  • English

Print Length

232 pages (xiv+218)


Paperback203 x 16 x 254 mm(8" x 0.64" x 10")
Hardback203 x 19 x 254 mm(8" x 0.75" x 10")


Paperback1397g (49.28oz)
Hardback1934g (68.22oz)



OCLC Number





  • AG
  • JFFN
  • JFS


  • SOC008000
  • SOC007000
  • SOC028000


  • F2381


  • migration
  • migration narratives
  • women
  • Guyana
  • Guyanese women
  • from the 1950s
  • visual exhibition
  • essays
  • artworks
  • memoir
  • creative non-fiction
  • poetry
  • photography
  • art and curatorial essays
  • notion of homeland
  • accountability
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Liminal Spaces

Migration and Women of the Guyanese Diaspora

  • Grace Aneiza Ali (editor)

Liminal Spaces is an intimate exploration into the migration narratives of fifteen women of Guyanese heritage. It spans diverse inter-generational perspectives – from those who leave Guyana, and those who are left – and seven seminal decades of Guyana’s history – from the 1950s to the present day – bringing the voices of women to the fore. The volume is conceived of as a visual exhibition on the page; a four-part journey navigating the contributors’ essays and artworks, allowing the reader to trace the migration path of Guyanese women from their moment of departure, to their arrival on diasporic soils, to their reunion with Guyana. Eloquent and visually stunning, Liminal Spaces unpacks the global realities of migration, challenging and disrupting dominant narratives associated with Guyana, its colonial past, and its post-colonial present as a ‘disappearing nation’. Multimodal in approach, the volume combines memoir, creative non-fiction, poetry, photography, art and curatorial essays to collectively examine the mutable notion of ‘homeland’, and grapple with ideas of place and accountability. This volume is a welcome contribution to the scholarly field of international migration, transnationalism, and diaspora, both in its creative methodological approach, and in its subject area – as one of the only studies published on Guyanese diaspora. It will be of great interest to those studying women and migration, and scholars and students of diaspora studies.


['Liminal Spaces: Migration and Women of the Guyanese Diaspora'] is one of the most comprehensive overviews on the Guyanese diaspora ever published. Being the only South American nation in which English is the official language, Guyana is considered part of the Anglophone Caribbean, and many Guyanese migrate to North America. The majority of the population, however, speak Guyanese Creole as a first language. The photographs, letters, installations, video stills and digital collages interspersed among the narratives allow a glimpse into biographies and artistic practise, while providing crucial information about the life-courses of Guyanese women from different generations. Conceived as a visual exhibition on the page, 'Liminal Spaces' brings incredibly timely insights on the Guyanese diaspora to the fore. Through artworks, it is able to cover more ground than a classic scholarly analysis would be able to, while making it accessible to different audiences. As one of the only contributions of its kind, its importance cannot be overstressed.

Eric Otieno Sumba

"How Artists From Guyana Are Thinking Through The Liminal Spaces Of Migration". GRIOT, 2020.

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Table of Contents


Notes on the Contributors

Introduction: Liminal Spaces

Grace Ali

Part I: Mothering Lands

Grace Ali

1. Surrogate Skin: Portrait of Mother (Land)

Keisha Scarville

2. Until I Hear from You

Erika DeFreitas

3. Electric Dreams

Natalie Hopkinson and Serena Hopkinson

Part II: The Ones Who Leave… The Ones Who Are Left

Grace Ali

4. The Geography of Separation

Grace Ali

5. Transplantation

Dominique Hunter

6. Those Who Remain: Portraits of Amerindian Women

Khadija Benn

Part III: Transitions

Grace Ali

8. So I Pick Up Me New-World-Self

Grace Nichols

10. Memories from Yonder

Christie Neptune

11. A Trace | Evidence of Time Past

Sandra Brewster

Part IV: Returns, Reunions, and Rituals

Grace Ali

12. Concrete and Filigree

Michelle Joan Wilkinson

13. A Daughter’s Journey from Indenture to Windrush

Maria del Pilar Kaladeen

Postface: A Brief History of Migration from Guyana

Grace Ali

List of Illustrations



Grace Aneiza Ali

Curator and an Assistant Professor and Provost Fellow in the Department of Art & Public Policy at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University