Posted by: lisaparavisini | September 30, 2015

ANN: “What is Postcolonial thought?”


A post by Peter Jordens.

“What is Postcolonial thought?”

Conference organized by the research group C.R.I.L.L.A.S.H.

November 23-25, 2015

University of the Antilles, Schoelcher Campus, Martinique

Alexandre Alaric, Associate Professor of French and Francophone studies with tenure, is organizing, in collaboration with Dominique Aurelia Associate Professor of English, Rodolphe Solbiac Associate Professor of English, Olivier Pulvar, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Jean-Louis Joachim, Associate Professor of Spanish, an international conference entitled “What is Postcolonial thought?” set for November 23-25, 2015, at the University of the Antilles Campus of Schoelcher Martinique, FWI.

The first objective of this conference is to prepare the launching and the effectuation of two new projects, The Postcolonial French and Francophone Letters of the Americas project for the refounding of the French and Francophone Studies at the University of the Antilles and The Frantz Fanon Institute of Postcolonial Studies of the University of the Antilles.

Though they are two distinct projects, The Postcolonial French and Francophone Letters of the Americas and the Frantz Fanon Institute of Postcolonial Studies of the University of the Antilles are backed by the idea that there is a need to introduce the postcolonial in the curriculum of the University of the Antilles and that is could be at center of a multidisciplinary platform.

Accordingly, the form and presentation of this conference reflect a preoccupation for a multidisciplinary approach of contemporary forms of knowledge. They merge the capabilities of searchers belonging to the University of the Antilles or coming from other universities for the advancement of this project. Thus, the objective of this conference is quite easily identifiable: enhancing the international profile of the University of the Antilles through the creation of clusters of teaching and research programs which will help develop its visibility and distinctive character.

Therefore, this conference seeks to prepare a new reception of research in postcolonial studies in the field of French and French Caribbean scholarship. In fact, as the postcolonial appeared and developed in relation to such spaces as Great Britain, Australia, India, Africa, the Anglophone Caribbean and the United States, and has been studied through Anglo-Saxon, as well as Anglophone Caribbean approaches, it has been insufficiently interrogated in France and the Francophone Caribbean. What can be the meanings of a Postcolonial thought? What type of categories is it relevant to regarding such categories as modernity, postmodernity or the contemporary? How does it compare to the thoughts of globalization, of creolization, and to other new forms of political and cultural anthropologies? What can postcolonial thought point to in a conversation with the emergence of “new psychic structures”? In what way does it contribute to the understanding of new symbolicities, of new forms of suffering and enjoyment? How does it illuminate the way discourses are articulated through new forms of creative movement, the new discursive postures and correspondingly the practices and creations in the field of lively scenes? In what way can postcolonial thought help us grasp new forms of political practices and of political thought? In what way can postcolonial thought be related to anti-colonial and anti-imperialist fights? In addition, and concerning in a more direct way literary and arts studies, what benefit can be derived from the articulation of contemporary issues in dramaturgy, poetology and translation studies, using the postcolonial stance? What can be the postcolonial contribution to the paradigm of Contemporary Art? At last, can the new paradigms in Information and Communication studies bring to this field?

It is quite obvious now that postcolonial though engages with many issues and presents us with many perspectives for the better understanding of our contemporary world. Therefore, the purpose of this conference is to initiate a debate on these questions in order tackle the issue of how to teach together in the future University of the Antilles.

The objective of this conference is to work for the establishment of a Caribbean platform of postcolonial studies at the University of the Antilles founded on its networking with French universities, Caribbean universities and other universities which seek to interrogate postcolonial thought, in order to promote research as well as teachers’ and students’ exchanges. Consequently, one of the major goals of this conference is to prepare the launching of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies of the University of the Antilles designed as an instrument for the establishment of this Caribbean platform of postcolonial studies and the promotion of the international visibility of the University of the Antilles. This conference also seeks to bring a contribution to the development of “Francophonie”.

For more information, contact:

Alexandre Alaric MCF HDR at

Olivier Pulvar MCF at

Jean-Louis Joachim MCF at

Rodolphe Solbiac MCF at or Rodolphe.Solbiac@martinique.univ‐



“Antislavery Republics: The Politics of Abolition in the Spanish Atlantic”

The Gilder Lehrman Center’s 17th Annual International Conference

October 30-31, 2015

New Haven, CT

Luce Hall Auditorium

34 Hillhouse Avenue

New Haven, CT

Why and how did slavery end when it did in Spanish America? Slavery expanded in leaps and bounds in Brazil, Cuba, and the United States during the same decades that the new republics of mainland Spanish America professed a commitment to the abolition of slavery and instituted gradual antislavery laws. In large part this was a result of the free and enslaved Africans’ involvement in the independence wars in places such as Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. This conference will focus on the history of slavery and anti-slavery in the nineteenth century Spanish Atlantic world and probe such hemispheric contrasts and divergences by moving beyond a national or imperial focus that has characterized abolitionist studies. Instead, it will trace the connections of mainland Spanish America with Brazil, Africa, Haiti, Britain, the Spanish Caribbean, and the United States during the nineteenth century.

Registration is free but required.

For more information go to



Edwidge Danticat

Illustrated by Elizabeth Parisi

Scholastic Press

Publication date: September 29, 2015

320 pages

ISBN 978-0545423038

Out thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing these reviews to our attention.


Tragedy strikes twin sisters Giselle and Isabelle, and their world is changed forever.

Sixteen-year-old Giselle Boyer wakes up in a hospital room unable to speak or move. She recalls an accident while en route to Isabelle’s school orchestra concert. Was the accident her fault? And where are her parents, and where is Isabelle? Alternating between periods of awareness and unconsciousness, Giselle begins to piece together what happened to her family. She also conjures memories: of Isabelle, high-spirited, artistic, and brilliant; of their childhood and unbreakable bond; of their parents’ troubled marriage; and of blissful summers past spent in their family’s native Haiti. As she ponders, Giselle wonders who she is and who she will be without her twin. National Book Award nominee and American Book Award winner Danticat delivers a lyrical, heart-wrenching novel for teens about love (familial and romantic), friendship, and loss that traverses multiple worlds—between life and death, between twins, and between the past and the present. In a lyrical, often wistful first-person narration, Giselle seeks to uncover the forces behind the event that altered her life and the lives of everyone she loves. Her emotional pain is raw, and Danticat presents both it and the lingering physical injuries she and her parents struggle with unflinchingly.

An honest, endearing exploration of family, grief, and perseverance. (Fiction. 13-18)

For the original review go to

For other reviews go to

In Edwidge Danticat’s lyrical ‘Untwine,’ a teen rebuilds her life

Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee), September 25, 2015

A haunting and mesmerizing story about sisterhood, family, love, and loss

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Downing Street says David Cameron does not believe compensation is the right approach ahead of his first official visit to Jamaica, Rowena Mason reports for London’s Guardian.

David Cameron is facing calls for Britain to pay billions of pounds in reparations for slavery ahead of his first official visit to Jamaica on Tuesday.

Downing Street said the prime minister does not believe reparations or apologies for slavery are the right approach, but the issue is set to overshadow his trade trip to the island, where he will address the Jamaican parliament.

Ahead of his trip, Sir Hilary Beckles, chair of the Caricom Reparations Commission, has led calls for Cameron to start talks on making amends for slavery and referenced the prime minister’s ancestral links to the trade in the 1700s through his cousin six times removed, General Sir James Duff.

In an open letter in the Jamaica Observer, the academic wrote: “You are a grandson of the Jamaican soil who has been privileged and enriched by your forebears’ sins of the enslavement of our ancestors … You are, Sir, a prized product of this land and the bonanza benefits reaped by your family and inherited by you continue to bind us together like birds of a feather.

“We ask not for handouts or any such acts of indecent submission. We merely ask that you acknowledge responsibility for your share of this situation and move to contribute in a joint programme of rehabilitation and renewal. The continuing suffering of our people, Sir, is as much your nation’s duty to alleviate as it is ours to resolve in steadfast acts of self-responsibility.”

Professor Verene Shepherd, chair of the National Commission on Reparation, told the Jamaica Gleaner that nothing short of an unambiguous apology from Cameron would do, while a Jamaican MP, Mike Henry, called on fellow parliamentarians to turn their back on Cameron if reparations are not on the agenda, noting that the Jamaican parliament has approved a motion for the country to seek reparation from Britain.

“If it is not on the agenda, I will not attend any functions involving the visiting prime minister, and I will cry shame on those who do, considering that there was not a dissenting voice in the debate in parliament,” he told the newspaper.

Jamaica’s prime minister Portia Simpson Miller called for non-confrontational discussions at the UN in 2013, but Britain has never accepted the case for any compensation payments.A Number 10 official said: “This is a longstanding concern of theirs and there is a longstanding UK position, true of successive governments in the UK, that we don’t think reparations are the right approach.

“The PM’s point will be he wants to focus on the future. We are talking about issues that are centuries old and taken under a different government when he was not even born. He wants to look at the future and how can the UK play a part now in stronger growing economies in the Caribbean.”

The official said Cameron’s purpose in visiting Jamaica and Grenada was to reinvigorate their relationship with the UK.

“He looks at that kind of relationship and who the Caribbean see as their major partners and sees them looking to China and Venezuela and thinks Britain should be in there. Britain has long historical ties with these countries,” she said.

For the original report go to

Posted by: lisaparavisini | September 29, 2015

Caribbean Studies at Goldsmiths (London) celebrates its 33rd year

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The Centre for Caribbean Studies at Goldsmiths (London) is in its 33rd year and they are planning to celebrate this milestone with several events during the year, beginning with a re-launch when the Centre will become known as the Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies (CCDS). The re-launch will mark not only the Centre’s important history but also recognition of its widening role and global connections in the present. Professor Joan Anim-Addo, Director of the Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies, will give an inaugural lecture entitled, ‘Groundings: Visionaries, Books, Bridges and Feeling the Rain’.

Date: Thursday 15th October 2015

Venue: Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, Goldsmiths, University of London, SE14 6NW

Time: 6pm (Doors open) 6.30pm – 8.30pm


Jacqueline Bishop (author, artist, NYU master teacher) recently published an in-depth article on Jamaican artist Oneika Russell’s trajectory, interests, and work, including her most recent series, “A Natural History,” created while living in Kyoto, Japan. Here are just a few excerpts; I highly recommend the full article, which you can access in the link below:

There was the outline of a face and a body with no distinguishable features, but for the eyes. Behind this figure was a city/landscape and the figure seemed to be infused with bright colorful Caribbean foliage/flowers. I was immediately intrigued by the series in which female characters were at times engorged by or hidden behind the common flowers of the Caribbean.

The work in question is part of artist Oneika Russell’s “A Natural History” body of work. This is a series the Jamaican-born artist created mostly while living in Kyoto, Japan, and in the work she sought to represent the experience of being an outsider in a culture that at first seemed very alien to her. Said the artist, “I was trying to understand how to make an image which conveyed what the tropical body and a tropical identity might be or look like.” This fusion of the black body and Caribbean foliage would eventually become an artist’s book printed in 2015. “A Natural History,” thus far, is Oneika Russell’s most well-known work.

Oneika Russell was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica, and graduated from Knox College High School. She attended sixth form at Ardenne High School in Kingston. It was while she was in sixth form that her doodling would give way to an identifiable interest in the visual arts. Eventually, she would attend the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts on the island, as a Painting major, though she did take a few courses in photography. At Edna Manley, Russell started doing research for an Aunt Jemima-like character she called Cookie, who would become the basis of her thesis work. Cookie was a commentary on the tourist industry and a critique of race, color and class issues in Jamaica. It is a particularly engaging body of work. [. . .]

[Many thanks to Rod Fusco for bringing this item to our attention.]

For full article, see

Posted by: ivetteromero | September 29, 2015

Costa Rica’s Nature Air invites artists to design plane tails


Karl Kahler (Tico Times) writes: “If you’re an artist looking to get your career off the ground, or perhaps take it to the next level, Nature Air’s contest to decorate an airplane tail might be just the ticket.” As Kahler highlights, the Costa Rican airline is known for its elaborately painted small planes. Now the company is inviting artists, designers and students to submit artwork to decorate the tails of the newest additions to its fleet. The deadline for submissions is October 7! See full article in the link below:

Winners will receive tickets for four on the plane that bears their design to the Nature Air destination of their choice, plus two nights of lodging. And they will be featured in the in-flight magazine Landings, according to a news release from the airline.

The artwork should reflect iconic images of the flora, fauna, culture and natural beauty of Costa Rica and Nicaragua, the guidelines say (no offense, Panama). Three top designs will be chosen. Artwork must be submitted by Oct. 7, and winners will be announced Oct. 9 on social networks. [. . .]

See rules and guidelines for entry at

For more info, see or contact Karl Kahler at

Posted by: ivetteromero | September 29, 2015

President Barack Obama and Raul Castro meet in New York


President Barack Obama met Cuban President Raul Castro on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. It was the second time the two leaders met in person this year after decades of estrangement between the two countries.

[. . .] On Monday, Mr Castro called for an end to US economic sanctions on Cuba. Mr Obama had earlier expressed confidence that Congress would lift the embargo.

[. . .] President Castro told the UN that normal relations with the US would only be possible if the US abolished its trade embargo. The embargo has been in place since 1960 and remains a contentious issue in relations between Cuba and the US.

In his speech to the UN, President Obama said he was confident Congress would “inevitably lift an embargo that should not be in place anymore”.

On 27 October the UN General Assembly (UNGA) is again scheduled to discuss a resolution condemning the embargo and calling for its abolition. It is the 24th time the UNGA will vote on the issue, which generally is only opposed by the US and Israel.

Speculation is already rife about how the US will vote this year after its own president dismissed the embargo as counterproductive and behind the times. The resolutions are unenforceable, but a US abstention on a resolution critical of US behaviour would be unprecedented. The Republican-controlled US Congress has so far refused to lift the embargo.

[. . .] US officials said Raul Castro’s presence at the UN, the first time the Cuban leader spoke there, was a signal “that we’re in a new era”. In his speech, President Castro said the normalisation of relations would be “a long and complex process”.

For original article, see


Here is a Call for Papers for a special issue of Short Fiction in Theory and Practice. The special issue will focus on Short Fiction by Caribbean Women Writers: New Voices, Emerging Perspectives The submission deadline is November 1, 2015. [Many thanks to Mary Ann Gosser Esquilín for bringing this item to our attention.]

Description: As most critics and practitioners of the short fiction in the Caribbean argued, the short story is the foundational form of Caribbean literature. Widely published in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century newspapers, magazines and journals, the short story in this period was the form used by writers to practice their literary craft. Short fiction also provided a forum to engage a wide and not necessarily literary audience with social and political issues, concerns about the nation and the demands for a national culture. Short fiction continues to be a popular literary form in the Caribbean, now used to express the ambiguities and complexities of contemporary regional realities and to provide a forum for experimentation and innovation.

Though often marginalised, Caribbean women have always participated as writers and critics of this cultural form. This Special Issue seeks to bring together scholars and practitioners of the short story form in order to draw critical attention to new or hitherto marginalised short fiction writers and to provide new perspectives on Caribbean women’s short fiction.

While all submissions are peer-reviewed, we aim to be inclusive. Contributions are welcome from individuals who do not consider themselves academics, and may take the form of personal commentaries, reflections, interviews and reviews, as well as conventional academic essays. We are pleased to consider proposals from those publishing or promoting the short story, as well as from short-story writers.

Guidelines: “Short Fiction by Caribbean Women Writers: New Voices, Emerging Perspectives”

The editors welcome articles of 4,000 – 8,000 words (including notes and references); possible themes include: New writers/new writing; short fiction in translation; critical reception, prizes and public acclaim; disruptive, subversive short story forms; Short fiction in cyberspace; publishers and publishing; orality and oral story-telling forms; lost or hidden voices; Caribbean minorities; short fiction as popular culture; Indo-Caribbean women writers; crime fiction as short fiction; transcultural connections; short fiction in comparison: geographies, cultures, languages and historical period; gender and sexual identities; and short story cycles and sequences.

The editors will also consider original creative work by Caribbean women writers, interviews with writers, and translations of short fiction not previously published in English. Please contact the editor in the first instance, with proposals for translations, interviews or creative work.

Suzanne Scafe, Department of Culture, Writing and Performance (

London South Bank University

103, Borough Road

London SE1 OAA

Aisha Spencer, School of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Education (

UWI, Mona, Kingston 7 Jamaica

Language: All papers should be submitted in English (see ‘Notes for Contributors’).

Addresses: Authors’ full postal and email addresses must be supplied.

Contributors should use the Harvard Referencing system for citations.

Notes should be kept to a minimum. Please use endnotes, rather than footnotes. All references cited, and only these, should be listed under the heading References. As an author, you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure, table, or extract from the text of another source. This applies to direct reproduction as well as “derivative reproduction” (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source). For further information and FAQs, please see ‘Notes for Contributors’ pdf at

Articles should be submitted on disc or by email attachment (as a Word document) to either of the editors (details below).

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On Thursday, October 15, 2015, at 7:00pm, the Aaron Davis Hall, Marian Anderson Theater will host a gala concert featuring Dominican clarinetist Jorge García D’ Leon, harpist Adán Vásquez, and special guest pianist Milton Fernández, under the conduction of Carlos Andrés Mejía Zuluaga.

The concert will offer such pieces as Chanson dans la nuit, arranged for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet by Carlos Salzedo; Voyage au pays du tendre, by Gabriel Pierne; Concerto for Clarinet, by Aaron Copland; Danse sacrée et profane, by Claude Debussy; and Concerto for Piano, String, and Orchestra, by Henryk Gorecki.

This concert is the first in a series aimed to celebrate the tradition of annual concerts by the Association of Dominican Classical Artists initiated in 1980, with the participation of Dominican and other Latino soloists, and orchestral accompaniment playing classical music, in this occasion impressionist music.

The Association of Dominican Classical Artists, Inc. (ADCA) was founded in 1980 by musicians and composers of Dominican descent living and working in New York City. ADCA has as its mission to foster appreciation for the classic and folkloric music of the Dominican Republic or created by composers of Dominican and Latin American descent living in the United States, and to create performance spaces for its artists. We accomplish our mission by presenting concerts and educational programs free of charge for the community.

The Association of Dominican Classical Artists, Inc. (ADCA) brings live performances of classical music to the communities of Northern Manhattan. ADCA offers a series of chamber music concerts at the Aaron Davis Hall, City College of New York, with the purpose of fostering appreciation of Dominican and Latino art and music by bringing educational and live performances to communities with little or no access to both.

For more information, you may call José Martínez at (512) 920-2322 or via email at You may also visit

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