Science and Religion: Progress Report- Rhea Xavier

Throughout the sub-heading, Science and Religion, of the topic Resistance and Caribbean Reality; my team aims at including crowdsourcing, use knowledge and geographic mapping sites in our various subtopics. Some of the subtopics we will create exhibits about include Rastafarianism and Vaccines, Voodooism in the Caribbean, Development of the Healthcare System and the Segregation of Churches.

The group intends on interviewing influential people, or people impressively knowledgeable in their respective fields which include individuals like the head of the Roman Catholic Church in our country and matured, very experienced public sector past or present employees. Using these interviews, the local Repository, National Archives and reputable online sources like the Digital Library of the Caribbean etc., we aim at obtaining sufficient information to make our exhibits a reputable and well-executed plan.

With all great ideas come great challenges and some of the difficulties faced by the unit comprise of:

  • Anonymity- Due to various reasons, some individuals who are knowledgeable about their respective disciplines demand not to be credited for their input in this project. This becomes an issue in this project when too many people request to remain anonymous in spite of their valuable information, which could ultimately lead to the questioning of the credibility of our various subtopics.
  • Planning of Interviews- Due to the facts that we intend on interviewing influential, busy personnel and our busy student schedules, it becomes a tedious task to appropriately plan a meeting which remains in sync with the schedules of both parties. Since this will allow the interviewee and the interviewer to properly sit down and have an interview in which the person being interviewed will remember most of the vital information
  • Dominica-wise Information- Since our topic centralizes on our island nation of Dominica and then expands to the wider Caribbean. It sometimes becomes extremely difficult to obtain the necessary information for our various sub-topics whether it may be due to the now outdated and vague record keeping methods, lack of any official records or simply the conservative nature of the Dominican society. As a result, conversations and other very impactful methods of documentation about these have a high chance of simply getting ‘lost in history’ and it makes it difficult for future researchers like my group to have a closer idea of what life was like in this country in that era.

However, although we face these several challenges, it is our greatest intention to figuratively take the bull by its horns and face the problem head on by working with what we have and making the best of what may sometimes seem like a sticky situation since you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain.

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