*STUDYING THE CARIBBEAN IN TORONTO*

  • DIASPORA VOICES NEW DIRECTIONS: *
  • STUDYING THE CARIBBEAN IN TORONTO*
  • STUDENT SYMPOSIUM, APRIL 11 2009, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO*
  • Multifaith Centre, Koffler Institute Building, 569 Spadina Avenue*

*Program*

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

9:45-11:00am

  • 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/”**

11:00-11:15am

Break

11:15am-12:15pm

  • 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”*//*

Lunch

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

1:00-2:00pm

  • 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)” *//*

2:00-2:15pm

Break

2:15-3:45pm

  • 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

  • / /*

3:45pm-4:00pm

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.

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