Conjuring the Caribbean - How Sweet It Is


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Gaiutra Bahadur, Keynote
Participants : 

Gaiutra Bahadur is an award-winning American journalist who writes frequently about migration, literature and gender. Her reporting, criticism and essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Dissent, History Today, Washington Post Book World, The Nation, Foreign Policy Magazine, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The (London) Observer and Ms., among other publications. Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture is her first book. It was shortlisted for the 2014 Orwell Book Prize, the British award for political writing that is artful.

Visiting Guest Artist/Scholars:

  • Awilda Rodriguez Lora (independent artist) 
  • David Donkor (Texas A and M University)
  • Nadine George (University of California, San Diego)
  • Raquel Monroe (Columbia College, Chicago)

University of Michigan Scholars

  •  Anita Gonzalez (Theatre and Drama)
  • Vincent Mountain (Theatre and Drama)
  • Aliyah Khan (English and DAAS)
  • Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes (Latino Studies and American Cultures)
  • Silvia Pedraza (Sociology and American Cultures)
  • Mbala Nkanga (Theatre and Drama)
  • Alfreda Rooks (School of Public Health)
  • Jocelyn Stitt (IRWG)
Event Date: 
December 7, 2015
Event Time: 
Various locations on Central Campus and North Campus
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Symposium # Performance # Installation

December 7 to December 11, 2015

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Join artists, scholars, and students in a five day exploration of Caribbean tourism, histories and gender identities. The symposiums calls for an interdisciplinary response to shifting imaginations about the power and potential of Caribbean studies viewed through the lens of a sugar-saturated past.

Co-sponsored by Center for the Humanities, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Latino Studies, Center for World Performance and Department of African and African American Studies.