Message circulated by Dr Judith Misrahi-Barak, Associate Professor, English Department, University Paul-Valery Montpellier 3

Conference Dates: 27-29 October, 2016

Location: University of London, School of Advanced Study, Senate House

Confirmed Keynotes: Alissa Trotz (University of Toronto) and Janette Bulkan (University of British Columbia)

Special Guest: Clem Seecharan

Confirmed Writers and Artists: John Agard, Gaiutra Bahadur, Malika Booker, Fred D’Aguiar, Cyril Dabydeen, Grace Nichols, Jan Lowe Shinebourne and Keith Waithe

Details and Registration:

http://www.sas.ac.uk/support-research/public-events/2016/imagining-guyanas-ecologies-memory-and-movement <http://www.sas.ac.uk/support-research/public-events/2016/imagining-guyanas-ecologies-memory-and-movement>

Additionally:

http://pays-anglophones.upv.univ-montp3.fr/?page_id=2212 <http://pays-anglophones.upv.univ-montp3.fr/?page_id=2212>

PARTNERING INSTITUTIONS: Coastal Carolina University, Université de Poitiers (MIGRINTER), Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 (EMMA), Université d’Anvers, University of Stirling, Society of Caribbean Studies.

Thursday Octobre 27

9.00 Registration and welcome coffee

10.00 Opening of the conference

10.30 REPRESENTING, ARCHIVING, CURATING HISTORY IN THE GUYANAS

Chair : Maggi Morehouse

Grace Ali: Un|Fixed Homeland

Maria del Pilar Kaladeen: ‘Rebel, Rebel’? Interrogating ‘Archival’ ; Representations of the South Indian Community of Guyana Leon Wainwright: Transatlantic Material Mediations: The Political Geography of Caribbean Art and ‘Exchange’

2.00 LANDSCAPE & OIKOS (1)

Chair : Kathleen Gyssels

Tim Cribb: The Guyanas: Writing Man

Michael Mitchell: Wilson Harris: Magus of the Interior Gemma Robinson: ‘Reality of Trespass’

3.30 LANDSCAPE & OIKOS (2)

Chair : Gemma Robinson

Kathleen Gyssels: ‘To an unknown soldier’: World War II and the Human and Ecological Disasters in French Guyane, Guyana, and Suriname Marta Fratczak: Guyana and Western (Eco)Utopian dreams: Comparative reading of Shadows Move Among Them (1951) and Children of Paradise (2014) Harald Leusmann: Fred D’Aguiar’s ‘Guyanese Days’: Imagining Guyana in the Ecotone

Coffee and Tea

5.30 A John Coffin Memorial Fund evening (Free)

Rose Hall Panel hosting Gaiutra Bahadur, Cyril Dabydeen and Janice Lowe Shinebourne, chaired by Clem Seecharan and Judith Misrahi-Barak

A Reading by Fred D’Aguiar

8.00 Wine Reception

Friday Octobre 28

8.30 Registration

9.00 A ‘GEOTEXTUAL’ POLITICS FOR THE GUYANAS ?

Chair : Thomas Lacroix

Ateeka Khan: Shared Resistance: Ethnic Identity and the Fragmented Rise of Nationalism in Guyana and Suriname Jerome Branche: Wilson Harris/Walter Rodney: Of Writing, Knighting, and Nationness Natalie Hopkinson: Beyond Cats & Dogs: An analysis of the Interactivity Foundation’s cross-racial small-group discussions in Guyana in 2015

Coffee and Tea

11.00 ECONOMICS OF BELONGING

Chair : Rita Christian

Clem Seecharan: Plantation Port Mourant — Cricket and Politics on the Corentyne after the Second World War Chiel Verbruggen: Property Law in the Guyanas Sonja Boon: Telling Stories with Gold

2.00 Keynote – Alissa Trotz: ‘The Bitten Tongue of Memory’ : Rethinking Violence in Postcolonial Guyana

3.00 MIGRATION, MOVEMENT, DIASPORA

Chair : Judith Misrahi-Barak

Yoshiko Shibata: Questioning ‘Chinese-ness’ in Guyana: Revisiting Diaspora Consciousness, Sense of Belonging and Transnational Movements Kerry-Jane Wallart: ‘wide is the span’: Poetics of displacement in Martin Carter’s University of Hunger

Coffee and Tea

6.00 Celebration of Guyana in Poetry & Music hosting John Agard, Malika Booker, Cyril Dabyhdeen, Grace Nichols and Keith Waithe (organized by Speaking Volumes)

8.00 Wine Reception

Saturday Octobre 29

9.00 Registration

9.30 CULTURAL PRACTICES

Chair : Alissa Trotz

Michelle Yaa Asantewa: Guyanese Komfa: A ritual art in practice ; Re-membering and Recrediting the knowledge – arts and cultural expressions Ananya Jahanara Kabir: Zouk, salsa, lambada, chutney: Dancing in and through the Guyanas Sinah Kloß : Giving to Mother Ganga: Practices of Recycling Clothing in Transnational Guyanese Hindu Communities

Coffee and Tea

11.30 Keynote – Janette Bulkan : Rentier Societies in Guyana & Suriname and the Consequent Lack of a Social Contract

2.00 INDIGENEITY, MYTH & MEMORY

Chair : Janette Bulkan

Katherine MacDonald: The Mythology and Ecology of the Rupununi Landscape Lisa Katharina Grund: Makushi women in a frontier region: Experiences of movement Gabriel Cambraia Neiva: A Journey to the Source of Imagination: A Reading of ‘The Laughter of Wapishana’ by Wilson Harris

Local Organizing Committee:

School of Advanced Studies, University of London

Ecotones Committee:

Thomas Lacroix (MIGRINTER Université de Poitiers) Judith Misrahi-Barak (EMMA Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3)

Maggi Morehouse (Coastal Carolina University)

Steering Committee:

Cédric Audebert (MIGRINTER)

Rita Christian (London Metropolitan University) Bénédicte Ledent (Université de Liège) Tina Harpin (Université de la Guyane) Ameena Gafoor (The Arts Journal) Catherine Gilbert (Centre for Postcolonial Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London)

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