Welcome to the Harvard Graduate Student Conference “Reconsidering Caribbean Diaspora” Wiki

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We are greatly looking forward to meeting everyone on Friday, September 28th!

Ben, Kyrah, Sandy, and Jason


Please note: This conference and free and open to all - registration will begin at 4pm on Friday in the Barker Center.

Friday, September 28th
Keynote Speaker
Robert A. Hill, UCLA5:30 pm
Roundtable Discussion by Harvard Scholars to follow

Saturday, September, 29th
Panel Discussions
1A. Legacies of Independence – Moderated by Robert HIll, 9:00am
1B. When the Spirits Travel – Moderated by Vanessa K. Valdes, 9:00am
2A. Understanding the Caribbean-Canadian Diaspora – Moderated by Karen Flynn, 11:00am
2B. Contested Identities, Building Community – Moderated by Peggy Levitt, 11:00am
3A. The Archive of Woman – Moderated by Regine Jean-Charles, 1:30pm
3B. Roots of Independence – Moderated by Adam Ewing, 1:30pm
4A. Africana Political Thought – Moderated by Tony Bogues, 3:30pm
4B. Sacred Politics and Public Space – Moderated by Leonard Brown, 3:30pm

Conference theme: 2012 marks the anniversaries for several watershed moments in the histories of the Caribbean, particularly for people of African ancestry. August is the 50th anniversary of liberation from British rule in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Additionally, this year Cubans will celebrate the Bicentennial of the Aponte slave and free black rebellion, inspired by Haitian independence and led by Jose Antonio Aponte in 1812. Finally, the Centennial of the Massacre of 1912 in Cuba will also take place this year, an event which devastated the Partido Independiente de Color and resulted in the mass execution of several thousand Black Cubans in Oriente province. These events serve as an entry point for examining evolving bonds between historic and contemporary diasporas, postcolonial states, and globalization.