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CAS Gallery at Wesley House

1210 Stanford Dr.

University of Miami

Free and open to the public. Registration required.




8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast 

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Remarks

Leonidas G. Bachas, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

University of Miami

Mihoko Suzuki, Director, Center for the Humanities

University of Miami

9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Panel #1
Gender, Sexuality, and Performance in Caribbean Popular Fiction

Chair: Sheri-Marie Harrison, University of Missouri

1. “Performing Masculinities in Jamaican Popular Culture” Michael Bucknor, University of the West Indies - Mona, Jamaica

2. “Making Jamaican Love:  Readers’ ‘Romantic’ Constructions of Self and Home in Colin Channer’s Waiting in Vain Rhonda Frederick, Boston College


3. “What’s Left to Imagine? Negotiating Sexual Citizenship in the Caribbean Antiromance” Donette Francis, State University New York - Binghamton

11:15 a.m.– 12:15 p.m.

Keynote Address

Chair: Anthony Bogues, Harmon Family Professor of Africana Studies, Brown University

George Lamming, Visiting Professor and Writer-in-Residence, Brown University

12:15 - 1:45 p.m.


2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Panel #3

Representing Tragedy and Humor in Caribbean Literature

Chair: Jessica Damian, Georgia Gwinnett College


1. “Interrogating Caribbean Discourses of Trauma,” Paula Morgan, University of the West Indies - St. Augustine, Trinidad

2. “Medusa’s Laugh:  Carnivalesque Comedy and the Caribbean Grotesque,” Supriya Nair, Tulane University

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Panel #4

Caribbean Pasts and Futures: Re-reading Lamming and Walcott

Chair: Sandra Pouchet Paquet, University of Miami


1. " Walcott's Sea and Caribbean Geomythography," Lara Cahill, University of Miami


2. "The Novels of George Lamming and the Critique of Imperialist Discourse," Glyne Griffith, State University New York - Albany

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Closing Roundtable

Sandra Pouchet Paquet, Professor Emerita of English
University of Miami

Patricia Saunders, Associate Professor of English
University of Miami

Steve Stuempfle, Executive Director, Society for Ethnomusicology, Indiana University

George Lamming, Professor/Writer in Residence
Brown University

5:45 - 6:45 pm

Closing Reception