Archive for September, 2009

CARIBBEAN STUDIES AT NEW COLLEGE Fall 2009 Events

September 17, 2009

CARIBBEAN STUDIES AT NEW COLLEGE
FALL TERM EVENTS, 2009
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Workshop with Etienne Charles (Assistant Professor, College of Music, Michigan State University)
http://www.etiennecharles.com
DATE: September 18th
PLACE: Boyd Neel Room, Edward Johnson Building, Faculty of Music, 80 Queen’s Park TIME:
12 – 2 p.m.
Born in the island of Trinidad and Tobago in 1983, young trumpeter Etienne Charles –
whose musical lineage runs at least four generations deep – defies easy musical
categorization. He is a graduate of the world-renowned Juilliard School of Music in New York City, where he received a full scholarship to pursue his Master’s degree. He has performed and recorded in many musical genres with a range of Grammy award winning musicians that include Roberta Flack, Wynton Marsalis, the Count Basie Orchestra, Marian Schneider, as well as with David Rudder, Monty Alexander, Lord Blakie, Marcus Roberst and Rene Marie. He has just released his second album, Folklore. Etienne Charles, who like his father Francis Charles was once a member of Phase II, one of the island’s most progressive steelbands, stands at the vanguard of a new generation of musicians who are from the Caribbean but are not totally of it, in terms of a fresh and broad-ranging artistic vision, and in the myriad influences encompassed in their soundscape.earles stands at the vanguard of a new generation of musicians who are from the Caribbean but are not totally of it, in terms of a fre***sh and bro****

Norman Girvan (Professor at the Institute of International Relations of the University of the West Indies, and former Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States) and Yash Tandon, Former Executive Director of the South Centre, Geneva and the Founding Director of the Southern and Eastern African Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI)
TITLE: Roundtable on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA): Lessons for Africa and the
Caribbean

DATE: October 6th

PLACE: 208N Munk Centre, 1 Devonshire Place
TIME: 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Jointly sponsored with African Studies
*****

Film Screening: The Harder They Come
To be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Professor Christian Campbell,
Department of English
DATE: Friday October 16th
PLACE: William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks St.
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
*****

Yarimar Bonilla, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of Virginia
TITLE: Open Undergraduate Seminar: The Non-Independent Caribbean and the Question of
Sovereignty
DATE: October 22nd
PLACE: WI2002, New College, 40 Willcocks St.
TIME: 12-2 p.m.
*****

Yarimar Bonilla, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of Virginia, TITLE:
“Reinventing Marronage: Epistemologies of Labor and Resistance in Guadeloupe”
DATE: October 23rd
PLACE: History Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Sidney Smith Building, 100 St. George Street
TIME: 2-4 p.m.
*****

Annual Conference: Racism and National Consciousness
CONFERENCE THEME: Land and Freedom
DATE: October 31st
PLACE: Wetmore Dining Hall New College, 21 Classic Avenue
TIME: 9 – 6 p.m.
CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Dr. Maria Paiz
Victor (Venezuelan scholar and social activist), Omali Yeshitella Chairman, the African
Peoples Socialist Movement (Florida).
PANEL DISCUSSIONS: Aboriginal Peoples in Canada and the US in relation to land and
freedom, and the situation of Tamils in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and
Afghanistan.
BOOK LAUNCH: The White Supremacist State – Eurocentrism, Imperialism, Colonialism,
Racism. Edited by Arnold Itwaru, Senior Lecturer, New College. With essays by 10
scholars, all of whom have presented at the Annual Conference on Racism and National
Consciousness during the past 7 years (Ella Shohat, Sunera Thobani, Henry Giroux, Julia
Sudbury, Nandita Sharma, Lorne Foster, Marainne Vardalos, Natasha Ksonzek, Ward
Churchill, Arnold Itwaru)

*****

Film Screening (title to be confirmed)
DATE: Friday November 6th
PLACE: William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks Street
TIME: 6:30 p.m.

*****

Bernardine Evaristo, UK
Reading from Blonde Root (UK: Hamilton/Penguin), a dazzling, imaginative reversal of the
transatlantic slave trade in which Africans are the masters and Europeans are their
slaves. http://www.bevaristo.net/

DATE: November 13th
PLACE: William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks St.
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
Jointly sponsored with African Studies

*****

Ralph Premdas, Professor of Public Policy, University of the West Indies, Trinidad &
Tobago, and visiting scholar, Ethnic and Pluralism Studies, University of Toronto
(2009-2010).
Date, Time and Title TBA.
Jointly sponsored with Ethnic and Pluralism Studies

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CFP:12TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF CARIBBEAN WOMEN WRITERS AND SCHOLARS (ACWWS)

September 17, 2009

CALL FOR PAPERS
12TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF CARIBBEAN WOMEN WRITERS AND SCHOLARS (ACWWS)

April 20-24, 2010

Louisiana State University
Lod Cook Conference Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: October 1, 2009

CONFERENCE THEME: Caribbean Dislocations / Caribbean Diasporas

CONFIRMED GUEST SPEAKERS

Keynote: Lorna Goodison
Featured Writers: Mayra Santos-Febres, Lakshmi Persaud, Fabienne Kanor Marie-Célie Agnant, and Ismene Krishnadath
Featured Artist: Deborah Jack

Conference Co-Chairs:
Myriam J. A. Chancy & Angeletta KM. Gourdine, LSU

ACWWS is pleased to announce a call for papers for the 12th conference of the society to be held at the Lod Cook Conference Center of LSU, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The unique position of Louisiana as a historical and cultural point of encounter with the Caribbean gives us the opportunity to consider a re-conceptualization of the “Caribbean” in terms of its Diasporas and connections to the Americas. Our conference theme, Caribbean Dislocations / Caribbean Diasporas, urges explorations and interceptions of “traditional” notions of regions, boundaries, movement, and portable identities, as well as explorations between merging Caribbean, Latino, and African Diasporas. We also encourage investigations of the relationship between the experience of dislocation with the historical processes of Diaspora in interdisciplinary and international contexts. We welcome papers and presentations focusing primarily on the unique contribution that writing by Caribbean women renders of that negotiation.

Panels and presentations based on the work of our celebrated featured authors and artist are especially appreciated. ACWWS is also calling for presentations that highlight creative writing in particular, including workshops that would allow emerging Caribbean authors individual attention in a unique collaborative setting. Please note that though the conference highlights Caribbean women writers, presentations and panels from all disciplines, on all aspects of Caribbean women’s experience, are invited. The conference will make every effort to accommodate presentations in all of the recognized, official languages of the Caribbean, aside from English: French, Kreyol, Spanish, Dutch.

Suggested Paper/ Panel Topics:

Dislocation and diasporas, migration
Boundaries and border crossings
Sexuality and gender in Caribbean women’s writing
Labor, social class, and agency
French Caribbean and/or Haitian writing
Louisiana, Caribbean, and Gulf ties
Creativity and process in writing
Panels on the work of invited keynote and guest speakers
Spanish Caribbean and Latin American connections / disconnections
Anglophone Caribbean writing
Historical crossings and contemporary changes
Globalization and local impacts
Caribbean children’s literature
Travel writing and cultural encounter / clash
Caribbean film
Caribbean religious culture
African Diaspora connections, legacies, and re-appropriations
Women’s material and expressive culture in Caribbean writing
Linguistic border-crossings
Indo-Caribbean culture and literature
Post-colonialism, neo-colonialism, and the Caribbean
Music and song in Caribbean women’s writing
Memory, migration, and new community formation
Dutch Caribbean writing
Multiple identities and poly-vocality in Caribbean women’s writing
Feminist readings of Caribbean men’s writing/or women in the works of Caribbean male writers

All papers must represent new, previously unpublished work. Please include your full name, institutional affiliation, title, phone number and email address with your proposal. Performance artists are also encouraged to submit proposals for music, film and/or theatre presentations.

We strongly encourage panel proposals. A panel proposal should include a detailed abstract for each paper, a designated chair, and a short statement as to why the submissions should be considered as a panel rather than as individual presentations.

For all submissions, please submit: paper/panel title, 200-word abstract of paper(s), a short bio. with presenter(s) affiliation and contact info.

Additionally, a small number of travel subsidies for graduate students and Caribbean participants will be available based on demonstrable need i.e. lack of support from institutional and governmental sources. To apply for a travel subsidy, write a short letter of request that includes proof of need and accompany the letter with the submission of your presentation abstract.

Submissions and inquiries should be emailed to: caribbean@lsu.edu

For Conference details as they become available, please visit http://www.acwws.org

(Conference hotel information forthcoming late fall.)

Book Vendors, please address inquiries for exhibit space to the email address above.

You must be an ACWWS member to present at the conference. Membership is open to writers and scholars with research, teaching, writing, and study interests in the work of Caribbean women writers, or in Caribbean literature generally.

For further information on MEMBERSHIP and MEMBERSHIP DUES, please select the “Brochure Download” link at http://www.acwws.org.

CFP: MACOMÈRE – THE JOURNAL OF THE ASSOCIATION OF CARIBBEAN WOMEN WRITERS & SCHOLARS

September 17, 2009

*CALL FOR PAPERS*

MACOMÈRE – THE JOURNAL OF THE ASSOCIATION OF CARIBBEAN WOMEN WRITERS & SCHOLARS

SPECIAL ISSUE: 2010
WOMEN & NATIONAL POLITICAL STRUGGLES IN THE CARIBBEAN

Kumari Jayawardena’s examination of feminism and nationalism in the Third World in the
mid-1980s clearly demonstrated that far from being merely symbolic of, or subject to, patriarchal constructions of nation, women were actively and variously invested in anti-colonial and national political movements. In this vein, MaComère invites
contributions for a special issue on Women and National Political Struggles in the
Caribbean. In what ways were women caught up in anti-colonial, anti-imperialist,
nationalist and revolutionary struggles in the Caribbean, and what did their
participation mean? How do various social relations intersect to shape specific
iterations of resistance? Where might women be found in the regonal and diasporic
networks that inflected various nationalisms? How might we track those legacies across the contemporary Caribbean and what are the current modalities of women’s participation in the political process? While this special issue responds to a sense that we know relatively little about women’s own experiences in relation to these processes, we want to move beyond the addition or recovery of women’s voices to consider the epistemological implications of this endeavour for questions of sovereignty, self-determination, state formation.

We are seeking longer scholarly articles (approximately 5000 words) as well as poems (no more than 3 per person) and short stories (no more than 3000 words and 1 submission per person). We also welcome short biographies of women about whom little is documented, and whose example illuminates the theme of this special issue, for a ‘Recovered Lives’ Section (a maximum of 2500 words).

Some examples of possible themes include:
Women and the anti-colonial movement
Diasporic contributions and Caribbean politics
Literary traditions and national consciousness
Revolutionary struggles, anti-dictatorial movements
Women, labour and the state
Reconsidering gender and sovereignty in the non-independent Caribbean
Women’s movements

We seek to achieve a broad regional coverage spanning the main linguistic areas of the Caribbean, highlighting the diverse experiences and socio-political contexts of the Anglophone, Hispanic, Francophone and Dutch Caribbean from the small islands of the archipelago to the mainland Caribbean territories of Central and South America. We especially encourage submissions with a comparative focus. /MaComère /is a multi-disciplinary journal and as such welcomes historical and contemporary contributions from across the humanities and social sciences as well as contributions from creative writers.

Submission process:

If you are interested in making a submission to this special issue, please send a 300
word abstract to the Guest Editors, Alissa Trotz, University of Toronto
(da.trotz@utoronto.ca <mailto:da.trotz@utoronto.ca&gt;) and Kate Quinn, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London (kate.quinn@sas.ac.uk
<mailto:kate.quinn@sas.ac.uk&gt;). The due date for abstracts is November 30, 2009. After review of the abstracts, selected potential contributors will be invited in to submit their full papers later in 2010 for peer review.

/MaComère/ is a refereed journal which is devoted to the scholarly studies and creative works by and about Caribbean Women in the Americas, Europe, and the Caribbean Diaspora. It is the journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, an organization founded in 1995 (http://www.macomerejournal.com

End of Summer Social [Sept 12]

September 5, 2009

A Workshop with Etienne Charles (Assistant Professor, College of Music, Michigan State

September 4, 2009

The Faculty of Music and Caribbean Studies at New College, University of Toronto present

DATE: September 18th
PLACE: Boyd Neel Room, Edward Johnson Building, Faculty of Music, 80 Queen’s Park
TIME: 12 – 2 p.m.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. ALL WELCOME.

poster vertBorn in the island of Trinidad and Tobago in 1983, young trumpeter Etienne Charles –whose musical lineage runs at least four generations deep – defies easy musical categorization. He is a graduate of the world-renowned Juilliard School of Music in New York City, where he received a full scholarship to pursue his Master’s degree. He has
performed and recorded in many musical genres with a range of Grammy award winning musicians that include Roberta Flack, Wynton Marsalis, the Count Basie Orchestra, Marian Schneider, as well as with David Rudder, Monty Alexander, Lord Blakie, Marcus Roberst and Rene Marie. He has just released his second album, Folklore. Etienne Charles, who like his father Francis Charles was once a member of Phase II, one of the island’s most progressive steelbands, stands at the vanguard of a new generation of musicians who are from the Caribbean but are not totally of it, in terms of a fresh and broad-ranging artistic vision, and in the myriad influences encompassed in their soundscape.