The Caribbean Digital Program

The Caribbean Digital
4-5 December, 2014
Barnard College | Columbia University

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10AM-4PM Kamau Brathwaite Researchathon
208b Butler Library, Columbia University


Opening Plenary and Reception
James Room – Barnard Hall

5-5:15 Welcome  – Kaiama L. Glover (Barnard College)

5:15-5:30 Opening Remarks – Sharon Marcus (Dean of the Humanities, Columbia University)

5:30-7PM     Session 1 – Pioneering the Caribbean Digital

Researching and Teaching with the Digital Archive
Donette Francis (University of Miami),
Leah Rosenberg (University of Florida),
Rhonda Cobham Sander (Amherst College)

Building Digital Archives in the Caribbean – Librarians, Techies, and Scholars Required
Brooke Wooldridge  (Digital Library of the Caribbean)

Moderated by Kelly Baker Josephs (York College, CUNY)


James Room – Barnard Hall

9-9:15 Opening Remarks – Kaiama L. Glover (Barnard College)

9:15-11:15  Session 2 – Archival and Pedagogical Praxis

Radio Haiti: Constructing a Sonic Archive
Laurent Dubois (Duke University)

Digital Rifts and Literary Flotsam
Thomas Spear (Lehman College, CUNY)

The Museum of the Caribbean Diaspora
Roger Caruth (Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania)

The Caribbean Atlas 
Romain Cruse (Université des Antilles et de la Guyane)
Kevon Rhiney (University of the West Indies, Jamaica)
Johannes Bohle (Center for InterAmerican Studies, University of Bielfield)

Early Caribbean Digital Archive: Recovery and Remix
Nicole Aljoe (Northeastern University)
Elizabeth Dillon (Northeastern University)

Moderated by Alex Gil (Columbia University)


11:15-11:30 Break


11:30-1 Concurrent Panels

Session 3 – Artists and Audiences in the Digital Space
James Room – Barnard Hall

‘Look Pon Likkle Chiney Gal’: Tessanne Chin, The Voice, and Globalized Caribbean Identities and YouTube
Tzarina T. Prater (Bentley University)

Digital horizons of marginalia: Annotating Junot Díaz’s Oscar Wao
Elena Machado Sáez (Florida Atlantic University)

A Caribbean Literature of Traces in #douenislands
Jeannine Murray-Romàn (Reed College)

Moderated by Kim F. Hall (Barnard College)


Session 4 – Changing Technologies and Caribbean Music and Film
409 Barnard Hall

Who Stole the Soul? Race and Rhythm in the Digital Age
Martin Munro (Florida State University)

Soca International: Trinidadian Digital Dance Music in Global Circulation
Gregory Scruggs (Columbia University)

Living  ‘la vida digital:’ Cuban filmmaking between tradition and change
Soren Triff (Bristol Community College)

Moderated by Brent Edwards (Columbia University)


1-2 Lunch


2-3:30 Concurrent Panels

Session 5 – Politics, Histories, Technologies
James Room – Barnard Hall

Subjectivity, Technology, Struggle: The Plastic People of the Caribbean
Nick Nesbitt (Princeton University)

Communication, Self-Help, and Sourcing the Crowd: Information as Aid  and the Haitian Public Sphere 
Valerie Kaussen (University of Missouri)

Post-2015 MDGs: Technology, Citizenship, and Afrodescendance in Latin America and the Caribbean
Amilcar Priestley (AfroLatin@ Project)

Moderated by Rafe Dalleo (Florida Atlantic University)


Session 6 – Performing Sex and Gender in Digital Contexts
409 Barnard Hall

Caribbean Sexualities, Digital Technologies, and the Caribbean IRN
Angelique V. Nixon (Susquehanna University)
Rosamond S. King (Brooklyn College, CUNY)

Caribbean Cyberfeminism? 
Tonya Haynes (Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies) 

Cell Phones, Coming Out Software, and the Politics of Pix: The Paradoxical Effects of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) on Male Sexuality in Trinidad
Keith McNeal (University of Houston)

Moderated by Maja Horn (Barnard College)


3:30-3:45 Break


3:45-5:45  Session 7 – Trans-Caribbean Creative Praxis
James Room – Barnard Hall

Naniki: Digital Storytelling and Caribbean Sustainability
Oonya Kempadoo (novelist)
Kaneesha Parsard (Yale University) 

Navigating Caribbean Visual Languages in Digital Art Mediums 
Natalie McGuire (University of Auckland, Fresh Milk)

Fresh Art/Spaces
Annalee Davis (Visual Artist, Activist)
Amanda Domalene Haynes (Fresh Milk)

 Crossing the Digital Divide: Caribbean Performance Poetry and Internet Audio Archives
Janet Neigh (Penn State Erie, The Behrend College)

Digitally Mapping Kamau Brathwaite’s Caribbean Cosmology
Conor Tomás Reed (CUNY, Free University)

Moderated by Nijah Cunningham (Columbia University) 


5:45-6 Closing Remarks – David Scott (Columbia University)