Episode #3: Professor Erica Moiah James

On the establishment of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and the work of scholars: "What was so sad to me was when I would hear from Bahamians, 'I didn't know we could do this, I didn't know we had this.' And that is the point right, you're doing work and your illuminating a part of history." 

Love and Responsibility: The Collection of Dawn Davies edited by Erica Moiah James (2012)

Love and Responsibility: The Collection of Dawn Davies edited by Erica Moiah James (2012)

In many ways this interview represents a branching out for The Lower Frequencies: Professor James not only explains her work as a scholar but also describes her earlier professional experience as an artist and the Founding Director of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas. Laying out her own story in the context of her artwork and scholarship, James also details the history of an important institution. And it is here that details matter. Professor James illuminates the importance of seemingly banal choices such selecting a location for the gift shop in the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and determining what kind of concrete was used in the site's construction. These seemingly small decisions, as Professor James explains, result in big changes.

It is these fluctuations that Professor James explores throughout this conversation. With brilliant wit and wisdom she discusses how the decisions we make can alter not only our own lives but the lives of those in the community around us. For anyone concerned about the isolating life of an academic, Professor James explains precisely the importance of scholarly work, dismantling the notion that those who write in the university are necessarily separated from those who live outside the academy.

Listen below:

Artwork provided by Claire Schwartz.



Music in this episode from ccmixter.org (licensed by Creative Commons)

Introduction: "Sailboat" by Alex 2014 -- Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0)

Transition: "Amor Pirata" by Jeris 2014 -- Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0)

Outro: "I Heard the Earth Wandering" by Skill_Borrower 2013 -- Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0)