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October 25, 2009


MARCH 6 2010,

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO Multi Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Avenue, Toronto

CALL FOR PAPERS The Conference Organising Committee invites students from any tertiary institution in the Toronto area, and any discipline or field, to participate in the U of T Caribbean Studies Programme’s second one-day, student-organised, interdisciplinary conference on the Caribbean and its diaspora. Now in its second year, this annual conference offers a vital public venue to highlight, discuss and celebrate the work and ideas of students interested in the Caribbean. All students, faculty and friends of the Caribbean Studies Programme at the University of Toronto, and members of the college and university community and the public are invited to attend and participate in the conversation. The primary organisers and most of the participants are students themselves (with faculty and staff support).

This conference gives organisers and participants the opportunity to gain invaluable organising experience and a chance to get a glimpse of what it might feel like to pursue a career in academia. Additionally, it creates a unique space for community interaction, self-empowerment and networking. All of the work submitted will be considered for possible publication. We seek proposals and submissions from any of the following people or groups: – tertiary-level students across Toronto who have written a paper on a Caribbean topic, and who wish to share their work with a wider community of interested people. Term papers, book/film reports, or any other analytical format are welcome. – students who want to share and reflect upon their experiences as part of practicum or fieldwork training in the Caribbean, or with Caribbean communities in Toronto. – authors of spoken word poetry, prose, music, visual arts, and short ‘think’ pieces, whose work is relevant to the conference. The work of visual or installation artists will be featured as part of an art exhibit. All artists selected will be invited to perform and discuss their work as part of a special session of the conference focusing on the arts and the artistic process. – presenters/proposals for a special session entitled “Beyond the Classroom” which highlights the work of young, community organizers and activists who are making important contributions to building and sustaining community life in the Toronto Caribbean community. – graduate students who would like to participate as either presenters on our graduate student panels or panel facilitators/chairs. Academic presentations should be approximately 10-12 minutes long. Presenters of artistic pieces are also encouraged to work within this time frame. Based on the submissions which we receive we will group the papers into panels with general themes. The conference takes place on
March 6 2010, with a deadline for proposals and submissions on February 7 2010.

Submissions/proposals should be a summary of your work not exceeding 300 words in length. If yours is an artistic piece then you may submit the entire work. All submissions should include a title; the individual’s name and institution; a telephone number and an email address. Refreshments and lunch will be served. We will have some limited childcare available with experienced childcare providers, but spaces are limited. Those in need of childcare in order to facilitate their involvement in the conference are strongly encouraged to make arrangements with the COC ahead of time.

For more information please contact any of the following COC members: Samantha Peters, MA Candidate, Social and Equity Studies ( Melanie Newton, Department of History and New College ( 416-978-4054) Members of the Conference Organising Committee: Lenore Butcher (Undergraduate); Chantal Persad and Claire-Hélène Heese-Boutin (Undergraduates and Caribbean Studies Students Union representatives) Sharifa Khan, Samantha Peters, Latania Christie (Graduate) Melanie Newton, Alissa Trotz (Faculty advisors)

CFP: Vodou: Construction and Representations May 13-14, 2010

October 8, 2009



May 13th – 14th 2010
Laval University, Québec City, Canada

Haitian vodou was born in Hispanola during the European colonization. It emerged from the encounter of African, European, ancient Caribbean as well as American cults and traditions. Given its origins, it shares some similarities with other Afro-Caribbean cults, such as santerìa in Cuba, shango in Trinidad, or obeah in Jamaica. Vodou could be briefly described as a heterogeneous set of medical, magic and religious practices, which developed over the course of history, undergoing constant transformation. The subject has been the focal interest of a wide range of historical, cultural and political discourses and analyses. Contested in the 19th century, then gradually revalorized during the 20th century, vodou – and its role in Haitian history and culture – have much evolved since independence in 1804. Although vodou practices have an undeniable empirical reality, they are difficult to grasp in their totality. Manifestations are manifold and inscribed in different spheres of everyday life spanning from religion to health, politics and culture.

Focusing on the representations and construction of Haitian vodou, this conference will
pursue several objectives:
– to shed light on how knowledge of Haitian vodou is produced and to identify the
stakes involved, especially (but not exclusively) in the social sciences;
– to examine links between vodou, history and politics;
– to analyse representations of vodou through the means of visual arts,
literature, and the media;
– to discuss efforts made to increase the visibility and legitimacy of vodou;
– to explore the diverse locations, practices and transformations of vodou
outside of Haiti;
– to better understand vodou and its congruence with other Afro-American cults
through a comparative approach.

We will consider abstract submissions based on empirical data from practitioners or their representatives as well as creative or scholarly work from artists and researchers in this field. All contributions should demonstrate how vodou involves different social, political, economical and cultural realities.

Those wishing to present a paper are requested to send a 300 word abstract with a working title as well as a short CV before November 15th, 2009 to the email address below:



a realizarse los días 13-14 de mayo de 2010
Universidad Laval, Quebec, Canada

Nacido durante la colonización, el vodou haitiano es el resultado del encuentro de cultos
y tradiciones de origen africano, europeo, caribeño (antiguo) y americano. A lo que debe
agrearse otros cultos afrocaribeños, tales como la santería de Cuba, el shango de
Trinidad, y el obeah de Jamaica. Una breve definición del vodou apuntaría hacia un
conjunto heterogéneo de prácticas médicas, mágicas y religiosas elaboradas y renovadas al
compás de la historia. Este conjunto de prácticas ha sido el objeto de construcciones,
discursos y análisis plurales arraigados histórica, cultural y políticamente. Combatido
en el siglo XIX y progresivamente revalorizado en el XX, el lugar y el papel del vodou en
la historia y la cultura haitiana han evolucionado mucho desde la independencia de 1804.
Las prácticas vodou tienen una realidad empírica innegable. Sin embargo, es difícil
delimitar esas prácticas en la medida en que sus manifestaciones son plurales y se
refieren a la vez a los campos de la religión, de la gestión de la enfermedad y de la
desgracia, y de las esferas política y cultural.

Centrado en el vodou haitiano, este coloquio se propone como objetivos:
– Aclarar las modalidades y los desafíos de los conocimientos producidos sobre el
vodou haitiano, en particular, en el marco de las ciencias sociales ;
– Examinar los vínculos existentes entre vodou, historia y política ;
– Describir las diferentes modalidades y espacios de realización del vodou a
través de las artes visuales, de la literatura o de otras formas artísticas o de
información ;
– Discutir los esfuerzos de visibilización y de legitimación del vodou ;
– Explorar la diversidad de los lugares, de las prácticas y de las
transformaciones del vodou presentes fuera de Haiti ;
– Inspirarse de los análisis de distintos cultos afroamericanos para mejorar la
comprensión de las figuras que de ellos toma prestadas el vodou.

Se aceptará las propuestas de ponencia inspiradas o no de material empírico, procedentes
tanto de los protagonistas y expertos como de sus representantes, artistas e
investigadores interesados en el tema, capaces de revelar cómo el vodou se integra a
distintas realidades sociales, políticas, económicas y culturales.

El envío de las propuestas de ponencia, que deben incluir un título, una corta nota
biográfica y un resumen de 300 palabras, debe realizarse antes del 15 de noviembre de
2009 a la dirección siguiente:


13-14 mai 2010
Inivèsite Laval, Québec, Canada

Vodou ayisyen soti nan epòk kolonizasyon ak rankont divès relijyon ak tradisyon afriken,
eropeyen, karibeyen lontan, ak ameriken. Poutèt sa, nou ka konpare li ak lot kilt
afrokaribeyen kouwè santeria nan Kiba, shango, nan Trinidad, et obeah nan Jamayik. Pou n
fè yon definisyon rapid nou ka di ke vodou se yon melanj remèd oswa senp, maji epi
relijyon ki kontinye devlope pandan tout istwa peyi a. Anpil koze ak divès analiz ki
chita sou istwa, lakilti, oswa politik fèt sou vodou. Plas ak ròl vodou nan istwa ayiti
ak kilti li chanje anpil depi endepandans peyi a an 1804. Yo te konbat li nan 19èm sièk
la, epi yo kòmanse, ti kras pa ti kras, bal valè pandan 20èm syèk la. Menm si egzistans
reyèl pratik vodou yo se yon bagay ke nenpòt moun ka konstate ak je yo, nou mal pou nou
sènen yo byen paske yo pran divès fòm epi yo makonnen an menm tan ak kesyon relijyon,
lasante ak maladi, malchans, politik ak lakilti.

Kolòk sa a pral santre sou vodou ayisyen e ap gen plizyè objektif :
– Bat pou konprann sa k ap jwe dèyè konstriksyon konesans sou vodou nan domèn
syans sosyal yo ;
– Egzamine lyen ant vodou, istwa ak politik ;
– Fè yon chita sou kijan vodou pran plas, jounen jodia, nan literati, penti, ak
tout lòt fòm atistik epi medyatik ;
– Diskite sou efò k ap fèt pou fè konnen epi fè respekte vodou ;
– Fouye sou pratik vodou ayisyen an lòt bò dlo, epi bat pou konprann, nan diferan
kote sa a yo, divèsite pratik ak transfòmasyon vodou ki fèt la ;
– Sèvi ak analiz ki fèt sou lòt kilt ki pratike nan amerik la pou pi byen
konprann divès fòm vodou ayisyen an ka pran.

Nou ta vle jwenn kominikasyon ki kapab moutre kijan vodou a pran plas nan reyalite
sosyal, politik, ekonomik ak kiltirèl peyi a, kit kominikasyon an chita sou rechèch teren
kit li pa genyen. N ap tann pwopozisyon nan men moun k ap aji nan domèn vodou a, k ap
pratike vodou, osinon moun ki reprezante yo, epi nan men atis, chèchè, ki enterese a sijè
Ou mèt voye pwopozisyon kominikasyon an ak yon tit, yon ti biyografi pa w, epi yon rezime
300 mo avan 15 novanm 2009 nan adrès sa a :