Archive for April, 2009

AHRC PHD Studentships in Historical or Cultural Geography at Royal Holloway

April 30, 2009

The Department of Geography has been awarded an AHRC studentship in Historical or Cultural Geography and is seeking suitably qualified candidates to commence PhD research in the academic year 2009-10. The studentship pays all fees and a full maintenance award (£14 940 for 2008-9, subject to review) for a three year period of research.

AHRC eligibility rules can be found at:

The specific subject of the PhD is open, but should relate to research interests of staff at Royal Holloway, and should fall within the broad arts and humanities remit of the AHRC. Applications from those in related disciplines with an interest in working in Geography are encouraged. Potential applicants are strongly recommended to discuss their ideas with Professor Tim Cresswell, Director of Graduate Studies, Professor David Gilbert, Director of the Social and Cultural Geography research group, or another member of staff with related interests before making a formal application.

Applications must be made by June 15th 2009. This should be on the standard College online application form and applicants should attach a supporting personal statement and outline PhD proposal (no longer than
3 sides A4, 12 point font, in total). Applicants should note that supporting references are required.

Applicants are expected to be ready to undertake PhD work – normally this means that they should have, or be about to complete, an appropriate Masters degree, although equivalent professional experience may be considered acceptable.

For future planning it should be noted that under the new AHRC Block Grant scheme, there will be studentships in Historical or Cultural Geography at Royal Holloway in each of the next five years (with the studentship for 2011-12 reserved for work relating to Archaeological interests in the Department.)

For more details of the Department and forms see:

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Dr David Lambert

Reader in Historical Geography

Department of Geography

Royal Holloway, University of London

Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX

Tel : +44 (0)1784 443640 Fax : +44 (0)1784 472836


Registration Form: CSGN Seminar

April 27, 2009

Download Here: registrationform_csgn_summer_2009_final

CSGN Summer Seminar Series 2009 [Toronto]

April 17, 2009


More Media on the Caribbean Studies undergraduate conference

April 16, 2009


April 13, 2009

CFP: Cave Hill Philosophy Symposium 2009 Conversations V: Theories of Knowledge November 19 and 20, 2009

April 8, 2009

Call for Papers Cave Hill Philosophy Symposium 2009 Conversations V: Theories of Knowledge November 19 and 20, 2009

Hosted by the Department of History and Philosophy, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados

The broad theme for the fifth Cave Hill Philosophy Symposium (CHiPS) will be epistemology. This area of philosophy has seen some dramatic changes especially in the past three decades, with the alternative approaches offered to traditional mainstream epistemology by social epistemology and naturalized epistemology. These developments have brought about a shift in the old ordering of perception, memory and testimony as sources of knowledge—where perception and memory usually ranked as the best and most secure sources, and testimony as a distant third. Several works over the past two decades have pointed to testimony being an increasingly urgent and interesting topic of epistemological analysis. These works also open space to consider—as feminist and other post-colonial theorists have long been doing—the extent to which the epistemic authority of testimony varies across situations and circumstances of social and political inequality. Likewise they call into question earlier lack of concern for the ways of conceiving the knower and his or her being in the world. CHiPS V will therefore focus on these developments, examining themes such as testimony, epistemic authority, objectivity/subjectivity, knowledge and power, and related issues. The Symposium welcomes papers that offer philosophical explorations of these and related topics. The tradition that has developed in our philosophical conversations at CHiPS is one where views from varying philosophical traditions and regional philosophies are welcome, and the hope is that the contributions for Conversations V will continue this trend. The Symposium also welcomes papers of a theoretical nature in the disciplines that share a boundary with philosophy; disciplines such as critical theory, cultural studies, gender studies, law, linguistics, political theory, theology, and others. Papers with such an orientation should grapple with the social dimensions of epistemology within their respective disciplines. Our keynote speaker will be Dr Lorraine Code. She is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at York University in Toronto Canada, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr Code specializes in Epistemology, Feminist Epistemology and the Politics of Knowledge; Epistemic Responsibility; Twentieth-century French Philosophy (Foucault, Beauvoir, Le Doeuff); Ecological Theory and Post-Colonial Theory. Her books include: Epistemic Responsibility (1987), What Can She Know? (1991), Rhetorical Spaces (1995), and Ecological Thinking (2006); she was editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories (2000), and Feminist Interpretations of Hans-Georg Gadamer (2003); and co-translator of Michèle Le Doeuff The Sex of Knowing (2003). CHiPS V, and its successors, will be held in the third week of November to coincide with UNESCO World Philosophy Day (this year November 19th). While the Symposium itself will address the profession, we hope to include activities that will carry philosophy to a wider audience. In an effort to ensure well-prepared, quality presentations, abstracts (300-500 words) are due by August 31, 2009. Participants whose abstracts are accepted by the vetting committee will then be required to submit their completed papers via email as an attachment in Open Office, Word or Wordperfect by the firm deadline of October 19, 2009. (These papers will then be posted on-line for other participants to consult prior to the conference with the intention that time at the Symposium can be devoted much more to discussion than to exposition of the written papers.) We hope that revised papers will continue to be available online: those from the earlier symposia can be accessed from Contact persons: Dr Frederick Ochieng’-Odhiambo: Mr Ed Brandon: Ms Roxanne Burton:

April 16, 2009 “Interpretation on Trial: Linguistic Issues Inside the Jamaican Courtroom”

April 7, 2009


Ross S 562 – Thursday April 16 at 5:00 York University

“Interpretation on Trial: Linguistic Issues inside the Jamaican Courtroom”
Professor Clive Forrester
(DLLL York University/University of the West Indies at Mona)
There is no shortage of researchers who demonstrate that when “cultural minorities” enter the courtroom space communicative problems are likely to arise. The communicative problems can be divided into two broad categories – linguistic, and discourse related. Linguistic problems may include, but are not limited to, the types of problems which arise when a defendant or witness does not speak the language of the courtroom and an interpreter is required. Researchers such as Berk-Seligson (2002), Hale (2004), and Mason (2008) have all done studies in this area. Discourse related issues are of the types which occur when the defendant or witness is unfamiliar with the communicative norms inside the courtroom (such as, for example, the rigid question and answer format). Those issues have been thoroughly documented in work done by Eades (2000), Moeketski (1999), and Feiner (1997) to name a few. There are some courtroom scenarios however, where defendants and witnesses encounter both linguistic and discourse problems. The Jamaican courtroom is one such space.
This paper seeks to explore the types of communicative problems which are likely to arise inside the Jamaican courtroom when the lay witness takes the stand. The paper uses three important elements as a background to the discussion; (a) the linguistic and discourse reality of the average defendant inside the courtroom (b) an ignorance of this situation and (c) how the complex system of courtroom interaction magnifies the problem. Several examples of potential misinterpretation are highlighted from actual court transcripts and the extent to which these ultimately form a part of the final verdict is explored.

Small reception to follow in DLLL Lounge! All welcome!

Ian Randle Publishers Wednesday April 8, 2009 Toronto

April 6, 2009


Chakra Publishing House –>Caribbean East Indian Recipes

April 1, 2009

New edition of Caribbean East Indian Recipes

Chakra Publishing House is pleased to announce the publication of a new edition of its cookbook, Caribbean East Indian Recipes.

Written by Kumar Mahabir and Mera Heeralal, the cookbook represents a comprehensive collection of over 70 “traditional” vegetarian recipes. The recipes have been handed down by indentured immigrants from India by word-of-mouth and practical example for over four generations. The food that is now cooked in the region is distinctly Indo-Caribbean in flavour.

The recipes reveal the secrets of preparing delicious Indian dishes, some of which are unknown to the non-Indian community in the Caribbean. They cover a wide range of tasty and exciting dishes, from delightful snacks to dinner-party specials – from the various types of rotis, daahls, kuchillas, chutneys, anchars, sweets and desserts to chokas and vegetable talkaries.

The recipes have been written in an easy-to-prepare style to be cooked in your own kitchen. The ingredients are readily available at your local grocery store and other food outlets.

Each recipe has been kitchen-tested and, therefore, meets a high standard of accuracy. Some of the dishes are beautifully illustrated in colour to tempt the reader’s appetite.

The recipe book is available at major bookstores nationwide and at Chakra Publishing House.

Chakra Publishing House

10 Swami Avenue, Don Miguel Road, San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago.

Tel:  (868) 674-6008  Tel/fax: (868) 675-7707 Mobile (868) 756-4961



Caribbean East Indian Recipes

Kumar Mahabir and Mera Heeralal

English text. Paperback.

Colour photos, illustrations, table, glossary, index.

1992. New Edition 2009 xx + 120 pp.

14 x 22 cm.  ISBN 978-976-8012-75-7

TT $80. (local) or US $25. (foreign)

(Price includes packaging, registration and local/foreign postage)

Please visit the UPDATED website for magazines on South Asians/(East) Indians in the Caribbean


April 1, 2009
  • Multifaith Centre, Koffler Institute Building, 569 Spadina Avenue*


9:00-9:15am: Arrival and registration (attendance is free)

9:15-9:45am: Sharifa Khan (University of Toronto) and member of the Conference Organizing
Committee and Melanie Newton, Associate Professor of History, University of Toronto


  • Panel 1 – Representations: Art, Literature and Gender *

Jan Anderson (York University), “‘Yuh Mad Man?’ Lying Letters: Speculations on the Catalysts for Male Madness in Caribbean Literature”

Angela Britto (University of Toronto-St. George), “Liminality and the Burden of
Representation of the ‘Local’ in Derek Walcott’s Poetry”

Rhea Green (University of Toronto-St. George), “Edward Burrowes’ /Guyana//, Land of  Dolorous Guard/”**

Tom Ue (University of Toronto-Scarborough), “Quest Narratives and Dislocated Voices: Mapping the Physical and ideological Journeys of Sam Selvon’s /The Lonely Londoners/”**




  • Panel 2 – Struggles for Freedom: Slavery, Revolution and Emancipation*

Bob Connell (York University), “The Maroon Wars”

Sharifa Khan (University of Toronto- St. George), “Cultural Assimilation: The Indian Experience in Jamaica”

Evan Jordan (University of Toronto-St. George), “How the Present Invents the Past: A Study of Historical Silences and Sources in Laurent Dubois’ /A Colony of Citizens/”

Latania Christie (University of Toronto-St.George) Colonial Legacies: Pigmentocracy, Mental Slavery and Skin Bleaching in the Caribbean”*//*


12:15pm-1:00pm Film (Lenore Butcher and Latania Christie): /What does it mean to be Caribbean in Toronto?/


  • Panel 3 – Locations: Diaspora, Culture and (Trans)Nation *

Lenore Butcher (University of Toronto-St. George) “José Martí’s Our America: Lessons for  the Cuban Revolution”

Iman Khan (York University), “Homophobia in the Caribbean: Black Male Responses”

Janine Rose (York University), “Understanding Motivations for Transnational Engagement: Diaspora-supported Development, the Jamaican case”

Samantha Peters (University of Toronto-Saint George), “Are we Helping: A Critical Analysis of International Development (Work)” *//*




  • Panel 4 – Beyond the Classroom: Networks, Engagements and Connections*

Sherene Ashman (stilediva Inc.) “Bridging the Diaspora and the Caribbean Through Fashion**

Kabir Joshi-Vijayan, Toronto Haiti Action Committee, “Canadian Imperialism in Haiti: Solidarity Abroad, Lessons for Struggle at Home”*//*

Jamaica Project (Ryerson University), “Teaching in Jamaica” */ /*

Shequita Thompson (University of Toronto-Scarborough), representative of Beyond Stereotypes), “Shattering the Stereotypes”

Christine Randle, Managing Director, Ian Randle Publishers, Jamaica

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Concluding remarks: Latania Christie/Lenore Butcher and Alissa Trotz, Director, Caribbean Studies Programme, University of Toronto

4:00-5pm – Drinks and Performance by award-winning spoken word artist MOTION

5-6:30pm – Performances by Jan Anderson of “The Caribbean Child” and Janine Rose “Silent Call to Entry”, followed by open mic.