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50th Association of Caribbean Historians Annual Meeting
Barbados, June 10-15, 2018

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

SUNDAY, JUNE 10

4:00-5:00pm Registration

5:00pm OPENING CEREMONY

6:00-7:30pm                    

Panel #1: President’s Roundtable: The ACH@50: Continuity, Change and Challenge

CHAIR: Rosemarijn Hoefte, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast and Caribbean Studies (KITLV)

Jacques Adélaïde-Merlande, Université des Antilles et de la Guyane

Gail Saunders, University of the Bahamas

Woodville Marshall, UWI Cave Hill Campus

Richard Blackett, Vanderbilt University

Roy Augier, UWI Mona Campus

Bernard Moitt, Virginia Commonwealth University

Bridget Brereton, UWI St. Augustine Campus

Rita Pemberton, UWI St. Augustine Campus

7:30pm WELCOMING RECEPTION

MONDAY, JUNE 11:

9:00-10:30am

Panel #2: Perspectives on the Future of Caribbean History

This panel is sponsored by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC)

CHAIR: Norlette Yearde, Caribbean Examinations Council

PRESENTERS:

“‘Taking the Bull by the Horn’: Charting New Directions for Sustainable and Exciting Futures for History and the Humanities. Glenford Howe, UWI Open Campus, Halima-Sa’adia Kassim, UWI Office of Planning and David Rampersad, Office of the Vice-Chancellor UWInford Howe and Halima-Saadia Kassim, UWI Cave Hill Campus.

“The CXC Task Force on History”, Alan Cobley and Janice Mayers, UWI Cave Hill Campus

“The Need for African History in the Anglophone Caribbean”, Richard Goodridge, UWI Cave Hill Campus

10:30-10:45am COFFEE BREAK

10:45-12:15pm

Panel #3: Emancipation and its Immediate Aftermath

CHAIR:  Roderick McDonald, Rider University                      

PRESENTERS:

“Anxiety and Self-Assurance in Negotiating Emancipation in Bermuda’s House of Assembly”, Sarah Hannon and Neil Kennedy, Memorial University

“Free of Everything Save Independence: Sovereignty and Belonging in Rural Nineteenth Century Haiti”, Winter Schneider, UCLA

“An Overlooked Land Transfer Agency in post Slavery: Land Speculators in Barbados, 1840-1870”, Woodville Marshall, UWI Cave Hill Campus

“An Expedition for Freedom: Messrs. Peck and Prince in Trinidad and Guiana, 1839-40”, Dexter Gabriel, University of Connecticut

12:15-1:30pm LUNCH

1:30-3:00pm

Panel #4: Caribbean Archives: The Interplay between History and Digital Archives

CHAIR: Cherri-Ann Beckles, West Indies Federal Archive Centre, UWI Cave Hill Campus

PRESENTERS:

“New Sources and Wider Access for Records of Caribbean Slave Societies”, Angela Sutton, Vanderbilt University

“Processing the Barbados Synagogue Restoration Project Records: Reflections and Opportunities for Future Projects”, Amalia Levi, The HeritEdge Connection Inc.

“Because the Future of Caribbean History Lives in Rereading its Past: Digitizing the Barbados Mercury Gazette”, Lissa Paul, Brock University

“Various Initiatives in the Barbados Archives Department”, Ingrid Thompson, Barbados Archives

3:00-3:15pm COFFEE BREAK

3:15-4:45pm

Panel #5: Special Roundtable -- Hurricane Impacts on Caribbean Educational & Heritage Sites: Urgent Needs and Long Term Challenges

This panel is sponsored by The Peter Moores Trust Barbados

CHAIR: Jennifer Anderson, Stony Brook University

PRESENTERS: Raymond Laureano Ortiz, Centro Estudios Avandzados, Puerto Rico

Molly Perry, University of the Virgin Islands

Natasha Lightfoot, Columbia University

Rita Tjien Fooh, President of the Caribbean Branch of the International Council on Archives (CARBICA) and Director of the National Archives of Suriname

5:00-5:45pm BOOK LAUNCH: The Empire Remains Shop, George Lamming Pedagogical Centre, EBCCI

TUESDAY, JUNE 12

9:00-10:30am            

Panel #6: Considering the Logic of Reparations for former Slave Societies in the Anglophone Caribbean

10:30-10:45am COFFEE BREAK

10:45-12:15pm

Panel #7: Network News: Comparative Black Transnationalism Before and After Emancipation

CHAIR: Matthew Smith, UWI Mona Campus

PRESENTERS:

“Bordeaux’s Lost Caribbean Roots”, Lorelle Semley, College of the Holy Cross

“Networks of Liberty and Equality in the Revolutionary Caribbean”, Michelle Reid-Vazquez, University of Pittsburgh

“‘So Far to Leeward’: Eliza Moore’s Freedom Journey as Imperial Subject and Fugitive Cosmopolitan”, Natasha Lightfoot, Columbia University

“‘Dominica’s Salvation’: Seeking Caribbean Prosperity at the Close of the Nineteenth Century”, Anne Eller, Yale University

“Defining Boundaries: The NAACP in the Caribbean, 1910-30”, Caroline Emmons, Hampden Sydney College

12:15-1:30pm LUNCH

1:30-3:00pm                    

Panel #8: Slavery, Power and Authority

CHAIR: Gad Heuman, Warwick University

PRESENTERS:

“‘Duro es confesarlo…’: The Emotional Undercurrents and Comparative Importance of Cuban Slaveholder Candour”, Liana Valerio, University of Warwick

“How Rumours of Slave Rebellion United the Black Diaspora, 1725-1745”, Justin Pope, Missouri University of Science and Technology

“Refiguring the Fedon Rebellion of 1795 and its Source Base”, Kit Candlin, University of Newcastle

3:00pm-3:15pm COFFEE BREAK

3:15-3:30 pm POSTER SESSION A

CHAIR POSTER SESSIONS: Clara Palmiste, Université des Antilles et de la Guyane

“Sources to Tell Stories: First Day Covers of the Anglophone Caribbean”, Allison Ramsay, UWI St. Augustine Campus

3:30-5:00pm                   

Panel #9: Out of Line: Confinement and Trapped Bodies

CHAIR: Phillippe Girard, McNeese University

PRESENTERS:

“Refuse Bodies, Disposable Lives: African Captives and Death in Ports During the Early Atlantic Slave Trade”, Marisa Fuentes, Rutgers University

“‘Reduced to Slavery’: Kidnapping and Illegal Enslavement in the Caribbean, 1830-60”, Randy Sparks, Tulane University

“After Sale: Newly Enslaved Africans, Smallpox Quarantine and Re-Embarkation in the Eighteenth Century Caribbean”, Elise Mitchell, New York University

“Locating Women in Archives of Pain”, Anasa Hicks, Florida State University

7:00-9:00pm  33rd ELSA GOVEIA LECTURE: Dr. Juanita De Barros, “Social Welfare and the Politics of Caribbean Health After Slavery”. Walcott-Warner Theatre, EBBCI

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13:

8:30am-10:00am            

Panel #10: Transplanting Cultures: Caribbean Movement and Identities

CHAIR: Kristen Block, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

PRESENTERS:

“Legal Transplantation in the British West Indies and the Reverberations thereof, 1500-1700s” Justine Collins, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History

“Pappo and the Breadfruit: Pacific Islands, Race and Slavery ca. 1793”, Kevin McDonald, Loyola Marymount University

“Comparative Reproductions: The Family in Women’s Travel Writings in the Circum-Caribbean, 1800-60”, Rikki Bettinger, University of Houston

“Neither Soldiers nor Warriors: The West India Regiments in the 1873-4 Anglo-Asante War and the Remaking of African-Caribbean Identities”, David Lambert, University of Warwick

10:00-10:15am COFFEE BREAK

10:15-11:45am       

Panel #11: Public Health, Welfare, and Governance in the British Caribbean, 1860s-1970s

CHAIR: Debbie McCollin, UWI St. Augustine Campus

PRESENTERS:

“Colonial Welfare and Girlhood: Girls’ Work and Lives at the Government Reformatory in Jamaica 1869 – 1937”, Shani Roper, Liberty Hall: The Legacy of Marcus Garvey

“The Moyne Commission: Health and Nation-Building in the British Caribbean”, Brittany Merritt, St. John’s University

“‘Linking the Global and the Local’: Tackling Child Malnutrition in the Post-independent Anglophone Caribbean”, Henrice Altink, University of York 

11:45-12:00 pm COFFEE BREAK

12.00-12.15pm POSTER SESSION B

CHAIR: Clara Palmiste, Université des Antilles et de la Guyane

“The Story of Cerasee: A Miraculous Plant”, Anthony Richards and Jeanette Allsopp, UWI, Cave Hill Campus

12:15-1:45pm

Panel #12: Decolonisation and Identity in the Dutch-speaking 

CHAIR: Sherry-Ann Singh, UWI St. Augustine Campus

PRESENTERS:

“Jagernath Lachmon and India”, Peter Meel, Leiden University

“Reconsidering Neglect and Erasure of the Dutch Caribbean in Caribbean Historiography”, Margo Groenewoud, University of Curaçao

“Insurgent Intimacies: Black Radicalism and Sexual Revolution in the Dutch Atlantic, 1960s to 1970s”, Chelsea Schields, Elizabethtown College

In the tradition of the Association of Caribbean Historians Conference, Wednesday afternoon is left unscheduled to allow participants the opportunity to explore the historic sites and cultural opportunities of Barbados. 

OPTIONAL FIELD TRIP

THURSDAY, JUNE 14

9:00-9:45am Poster Session C                 

CHAIR: Edward Rugemer, Yale University

“From Mitigation to Expansion (1973-1985): The Evolution of the Barbados Petroleum Industry in the Wake of the 1973 Oil Crisis”, Sylvan Spooner, UWI Cave Hill Campus

“The Physical Development of an Island through the Lens of Tourism”, Angelica Jackson, Parsons The New School

“The Parts Unknown: An Examination of the Economic Progress of Trinidad’s Syrian /Lebanese Community 1910 – 1970”, Fiona Rajkumar, The University of Southern Caribbean

9:45-10:00am COFFEE BREAK

10:00-11:30am

Panel #13: Contesting Narratives in Caribbean Intellectual Traditions

CHAIR:Claudius Fergus, UWI St. Augustine Campus

PRESENTERS:

“The Existence or not of an Antillean Art Form (1923-1946): A Fragmented Recollection?”, Christelle Lozère-Bernard, AIHP-GEODE, Université des Antilles

“Reparation and First Peoples in Trinidad (and Tobago?): (Re)making History Visible”, Godfrey Steele, UWI, St. Augustine Campus

“The Politics of Change: Pedagogical Approaches to Caribbean Museum History and Curatorship”, Alissandra Cummins, Karen Brown and Anne’el Bain, Barbados Museum and Historical Society, University of St. Andrew’s and UWI St. Augustine Campus

11:30-1:00am LUNCH

1:00-3:00pm Annual General Meeting

6:30-11:00pm: ACH@50 MUSEUM EXHIBIT LAUNCH, DINNER AND FÊTE at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society (BMHS), St. Ann’s Garrison, St. Michael

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 15

FIELD TRIP
http://www.associationofcaribbeanhistorians.org/fieldtrip.htm

 

Tara Inniss, Secretary-Treasurer, Association of Caribbean Historians: achsecretary@gmail.com.