Monthly Archives: November 2011

Independence and After Conference Podcasts Online

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To mark the centenary of the birth of Dr Eric Williams and in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of independence in Trinidad and Tobago, a one-day conference INDEPENDENCE AND AFTER: DR ERIC WILLIAMS & THE MAKING OF TRINIDAD & TOBAGO was held at the Institute for the Study of the Americas on the 27 September 2011. This conference explored the shaping of Trinidadian politics and society under the Williams’ administration and the legacies of this period today.

The conference was filmed and all panels are now available to view on:

Programme below. We are grateful to the Eric Williams Memorial Collection
Research Library, Archives & Museum at the University of the West Indies,
Trinidad and Tobago for thier generous funding of this conference.


10.00-10.05 Welcome and Introduction

10.05 – 11.15 Dissecting the Man and the Myth

Paul Sutton, Reader Emeritus, Hull University, Ryan on Williams: An Appreciation and Critique

Selwyn Ryan, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Response

Colin Palmer, Schomburg Center, Response

11.30 -1.00 Politics & Ethnicity

Colin Clarke, Professor Emeritus, Oxford University, Reflexions on Race, Religion and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago either side of Independence

Brinsley Samaroo, University of the West Indies, St Augustine. Dr Williams’ Academic East Indian Concerns

Humberto Garcia Muniz, University of Puerto Rico, The Pan-Caribbeanism of Eric Williams

2.00 – 3.15 Politics & National Culture

Teruyuki Tsuji, Kwansei Gakuin University, Villaging the Nation: Eric Williams and the Engineering of National Culture

Jacqueline Nunes, London School of Economics, Voice of the oppressed or the oppressor’s tool? A quantitative analysis of the relationship between calypso and the PNM

3.15 – 4.30 Personal Reflections on Political Times

Raoul Pantin, journalist and writer, Trinidad and Tobago, Eric Williams: A Personal Reflection

4.50-6.00 Legacies of the Williams Era

Matthew Bishop, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, The Legacy of Eric Williams and Contemporary Trinidadian Politics

ROUND TABLE followed by open discussion: Reflections on the Williams Era Including:

Colin Palmer, Schomburg Centre, New York
Selwyn Ryan, University of the West Indies, St Augustine
Brinsley Samaroo, University of the West Indies, St Augustine

To view the above talks online click here

Via: H-Caribbean @ h-net


New Moroccan Publications at ABC

A special selection of recent titles from two new publishers at the African Books Collective: Editions du Sirocco and Senso Unico Editions. Both are from Morocco and mostly publish illustrated books on the Art and the History of Morocco and the Mediterranean but some literature is also available. Many of the books are high quality hardbacks in colour and the photography collections are of particular note. Downloadable spreads are available on the ABC site for a look inside which is highly recommended.

Included among the titles are:

Elisa Chimenti, Anthologie

“Her works can be compared to brilliantly polished stones… she is without question one of the greatest figures in Moroccan folklore literature.” On the fortieth anniversary of her death, Elisa Chimenti’s works are gathered together for the first time and reissued in this Anthology, which pays homage to the moving humanism of this “donna mediterranea”.

Yasmina Filali, les passagers de l’oubli:

“In a sad, rainy day, a young woman accepts a dinner invitation reluctantly. Nothing makes her expect that her destiny is taking shape…”

“Yasmina Filali’s talent and great sensibility bind us to the story of an intense life flash and make us share it. Her words, filled with poetry, are thousands of mirrors reflecting emotions that mark our memory like scars.”

“Rabat is a city which aims for modernity but refuses to be subjected to it. The secrecy of its stones and back- alleys preserve the city history and traditions. … mainly a photographic book, words are nonetheless important: images and words have a mutual power of elation when the eyes of the photographer and the author meet. ”

“Toni Maraini recounts her life in Morocco, her reflections on the country traditions and her meetings with the most remarkable Moroccan artists and intellectuals between 1960 and 1980. This major work pays beautiful and insightful tribute to the country, written in a brilliant and poetic way.”  Toni Maraini (Antonella Maraini), is an art historian, a writer and a poet.

To see full listings click here: Moroccan_Titles