The Jamaican 1970s: A Symposium

The Jamaican 1970s: A Symposium
Thursday, 28 September – Friday, 29 September 2017
The Graduate Center, CUNY and Columbia University

Livestream links: Thursday; Friday

Program

Thursday, 28 September
The Skylight Room, Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

1:00-1:30pm: Opening remarks: Don Robotham
1:30-2:15pm: Opening remarks: Donette Francis

2:30-4:30pm: The Popular
Rachel Mordecai, On Reading Jamaica Inc., Seriously: Sensational(ist) Seventies Literature
Eddie Chambers, Jamaica’s influence on the making of Black Britain

5:00-6:00pm: Monuments
Petrina Dacres, Sculpture, Architectural Modernism and Memory in 1970s Jamaica

6:00pm: CUNY reception

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Friday, 29 September:
The Heyman Center, Columbia University
74 Morningside Dr, New York, NY 10027

10:00-12:00pm: Sustaining Social Movements
Kimberly Robinson-Walcott, “Black Man Time Now!” Race, Class, and Culture in 1970s Jamaica
Rupert Lewis, The Jamaican Left: Dogmas, Theories, and Politics, 1974-1980

1:30-3:30pm: Autobiographical Reflections
Honor Ford Smith, Performance, Decolonization and Life Stories: Sistren Theatre Collective and the Search for Radical Alternatives in the Present
Brian Meeks, Reading the Seventies in a Different Stylie: Dub Poetry and the Urgency of Message

4:00-6:00pm: General Conversation
Don Robotham and David Scott

A collaboration between the University of Miami, the CUNY Graduate Center, Columbia University, and the Small Axe Project.

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43rd Annual Conference, Caribbean Studies Association (CSA)

Education, Culture and Emancipatory thought in the Caribbean
4th to 8th June 2018
Havana, Cuba

CFP Deadline: 125 word abstracts for individual papers and 250 word abstracts for panels and workshops due 1 January 2018

This annual conference proposes integrating education, culture, and emancipatory thought as the fundamental reflexive axes for furthering the process of decolonisation in the Caribbean. All three concepts deepen our understanding of the re-appropriation and recuperation of memory— be it individual, collective, social or historical— in these territories. Our conference aims to foster dialogue and brainstorm about these three topics in order to rethink and reconstruct paradigms, to relocate margins and excluded spaces, and to understand the diversity and complexity of this region’s peoples.

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Yanick Lahens in Conversation with Michael Dash

7:00pm
19 September 2017
La Maison Francaise – NYU

Join Haitian essayist, short story writer, and novelist Yankick Lahens. She is the author of a collection of critical essays, and has written for Caribbean publications, including Chemins critiquesCultura, and Boutures. Lahens co-hosts “Entre Nous”, a cultural program on Radio Haiti. She has published three collections of short stories. Her first novel was published in 2000, and she won the Prix Femina for her fifth novel, Bain de lune, in 2014 (Moonbath, Deep Vellum Publishing, 2017). Lahens is in conversation with Michael Dash, Professor of French Literature, Thought, and Culture.

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A Reading and Conversation with Sandra Cisneros

11:00am – 12:50pm
18 September 2017
Woody Tanger Auditorium
Brooklyn College Library

Join award winning poet, short story writer, essayist, and novelist Sandra Cisneros for a reading and conversation as part of the Latina Life Stories series. Presented by The Ethyle R.Wolfe Institute for the Humanities, co-sponsored with the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, and the American Studies Program.

This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

For more information email Vanessa Perez-Rosario, VPerezRosario@brooklyn.cuny.edu.

Caribbean Events and Talks at the Windham Campbell Prize Festival

Below are a list of Caribbean-related events and talks during the Windham Campbell Prize Festival. Prize recipients and panelists include Erna Brodber and André Alexis.The Festival will take place from Wednesday, 13 September to Friday, 15 September. Events are listed in chronological order, with locations noted at the end of each description. Of special note is the “Emancipation in Woodside” event, with Erna Brodber in conversation with Claudia Rankine on Friday, 15 September, 4pm. More information is available at the Windham Campbell Prize website.



Images from Windham webpage. In order from left to right: Erna Brodber, Claudia Rankine and André Alexis

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

**Festival events**

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Edwidge Danticat Edited Collection

Narrating History, Home, and Nation: Critical Essays on Edwidge Danticat 

CFP Deadline: 20 November 2017

This text is the first sustained collection of critical essays engaging the totality of the work of Edwidge Danticat as a novelist and writer of short fiction, memoirist, essayist, filmmaker, activist, and public intellectual. This publication seeks abstracts that examine the ways in which Danticat’s work – inclusive of and beyond her fiction – offers critical commentary on sociopolitical constructions of black diasporic experiences, the function, space, and place of homes, and representation of nationalisms, teasing out the tensions inherent in the confluences of past and present. This collection of critical essays seeks to contribute to the growing body of existing literature on the work of the author. There is a particular interest in work which addresses her publications after 2010.

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Kei Miller Reading and in Conversation with Tiphanie Yanique

6:00pm
20 September 2017
Pless Hall, Ground floor
Steinhardt School – NYU

Join celebrated novelist, essayist and poet Kei Miller for a reading from his new novel “Augustown”, followed by a conversation wth prize-winning author Tiphanie Yanique on writing across genres. Presented by NYU Institute of African American Affairs and NYU Arts & Science Liberal Studies.

Free and open to the public. Please RSVP by calling 212-998-4222.

For more information please contact Liberal Studies at 212.992.8742 or email LS.studentaffairs@nyu.edu.

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The Performance of Blackness in Contemporary Brazil, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic

6:00pm – 8:00pm
7 September 2017
Martin E. Segal Theatre
CUNY Graduate Center

This panel explores the performance of blackness in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Brazil and its transnational resonance with black cultural producers in other Latin American countries. Performance here is broadly defined as the cultural expression of blackness in these three countries and beyond, and will be examined through the lens of sociology, literature, art history, and performance studies. While much of Latin American Studies generally marginalizes studies of race relations and blackness, this panel aims to think of the performance of blackness as a basic component of the continent’s identity formation and cultural production.

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sx salon 25

Announcing the newest issue of sx salon.

sx salon, issue 25
June 2017

Table of Contents

Introduction and Table of Contents—Kelly Baker Josephs

Reviews

The Silences, too, Deserve a Place—Warren Harding
A review of The Grenada Revolution in the Caribbean Present: Operation Urgent Memory, by Shalini Puri

On Inheritance and Reinvention—Kristina Huang
A review of Even in Paradise, by Elizabeth Nunez

A Question of Home—Sophie Harris
A review of Leaving by Plane, Swimming Back Underwater, and Other Stories, by Lawrence Scott

The Haitian Revolution in Caribbean Literature: A Synechdochal Study—Megan Jeanette Myers
A review of Prophetic Visions of the Past: Pan-Caribbean Representations of the Haitian Revolution, by Víctor Figueroa

Representing the Unthinkable: The Haitian Revolution in Print—Erin Zavitz
A review of Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789–1865, by Marlene Daut

Prose

Statement on Digital Literature—Rosamond S. King
The Man Who Took Up All The Space—Katherine Atkinson
In the Laundry Room—Cynthia James

Poetry

Patrick Chamoiseau, translated by Charly Verstraet and Jeffrey Landon Allen
Anu Lakhan
Rosamond S. King