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


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