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Bowdoin to Host Two-Day Conference on Caribbean Studies April 11-12

Story posted March 27, 2003

The two-day conference "Borders, Boundaries, and the 'Global' in Caribbean Studies" will be held Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, on the Bowdoin College campus. All events are free and open to the public.

Conference presenters include filmmaker Stephanie Black (Life and Debt, H2 Worker) and Eudine Barriteau, head of the Centre for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies (UWI)-Cave Hill, Barbados.

Other speakers include academics from both the Caribbean and the U.S. whose scholarship focuses on Caribbean studies in the areas of English, women's studies, cultural studies, history, environmental studies, physics, sociology, film studies and medical science.

Conference schedule:

2:15 p.m. Eudine Barriteau will present “A Feminist Theorizing of the Future of Gender Relations in the Commonwealth Caribbean.” Searles Science Building, Room 315.

3:15 p.m. "At Home and Abroad: Race, Gender and Representation in Caribbean Popular Culture" will be discussed by Kezia Page, Colgate University, and Donna Hope, Fulbright Scholar, George Mason University's cultural studies program. Searles Science Building, Room 217.

4:15 p.m. "Canals, Calypsos and Commerce: Cultural Routes and Narratives of Identity" includes presentations by Rhonda Frederick, Boston College, and Harvey Neptune, Northwestern University. Searles Science Building, Room 217.

7 p.m. Screening of Life and Debt, Stephanie Black's 2001 documentary about the deeply troubled economy of Jamaica and the devastating effect globalization can have on third-world countries. The film will be followed by a discussion with Black and a performance by Mutabaruka, who is featured in the film. Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium.

10 a.m. "Transgressing Borders, Translating Identities" with Donette Francis, Binghamton University, and Paula Morgan, UWI-St. Augustine, Trinidad. Cram Alumni House, 83 Federal Street.

11 a.m. "Caribbean Societies, Science and Structural Adjustment" with Dennis Brown, UWI-St. Augustine, and Ramsey Saunders, UWI, founder of the Caribbean Academy of Sciences. Cram Alumni House, 83 Federal Street.

1:30 p.m. "The Female Body Politic: Personal Health and National Politics" with Joan Rawlins, faculty of medical sciences, UWI, and Michelle Rowley, Centre for Gender and Development Studies, UWI-Cave Hill, Barbados. Searles Science Building, Room 315.

3:30 p.m. Screening of the documentary H2 Worker by Stephanie Black. The film won both Best Documentary and Best Cinematography at the 1990 Sundance Film Festival. Searles Science Building, Room 315. A reception will follow.

Conference participants can collect information packets beginning at 1 p.m., Friday, April 11, in Searles Science Building. Pre-registration is not required. For more information e-mail or

The conference is part of Bowdoin Assistant Professor of English Patricia J. Saunders’ project “Swimming Against the Tides: Caribbean Culture in the Age of Globalization,” funded by the Ford Foundation’s Emerging Voices, New Directions program. Student coordinator is Paige Contreras-Gould '04, and student assistant is Andria Ramkissoon '05.

The conference is sponsored by Bowdoin College with support from the Ford Foundation, the office of the President, the African American Society, the Environmental Studies and Women's Studies programs, the Campus Activities Board, and the English department.

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