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A & B Arts Round up – August 9th 2019 —>

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By the end of Summer – Cushion Club Summer Reading Challenge 2019

Before the end of August 2019 – Do you want another Jhohadli Summer Youth Writing Project before the end of summer? If so, email jhohadli@gmail.com for a registration form – nothing confirmed; assessing interest.

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August 21st 2019 – @ the Best of Books bookstore – email bestofbooks@yahoo.com for more information at best of books.png

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August 17th – 18th 2019 – Pineapple Mango Festival – quick search didn’t turn up any specific details but I believe it’s being held at the Pineapple farm at Cades Bay. Will update if more or corrective information comes to hand.

August 15th – 16th 2019 – The 14th Annual Conference and Distinguished Lecture – After the Ecological and Political Storms: Whither Barbuda’s Development? – contact paget_henry@brown.edu or janetlofgren@gmail.com

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A & B Arts Round up – July 19th 2019 —>

If you missed activities from the last round up, you can catch up with at least two of them in the CREATIVE SPACE series over on my Jhohadli blog – go here for Antigua Dance Academy’s Earth Rising and here for the Antigua-Barbuda launch of regional journalist Wesley Gibbings’ Passages at the Best of Books.

 

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August 15th – 16th 2019 – The 14th Annual Antigua-Barbuda Conference and Distinguished Lecture (a joint project of the University off the West Indies Open Campus – Antigua and Barbuda, The Antigua and Barbuda Studies Association, and the Antigua and Barbuda Youth Enlightenment Academy). This year’s theme is Aft the Ecological and Politica Storms: Whither Barbuda’s Development. Venue – the UWI Open Campus, between Queen Elizabeth and Sir Sydney Walling highways. Confirmed participants are Glenn Sankatsing, keynote speaker and author of Quest to Rescue Our Future (“Quest to Rescue Our Future chronicles the path of humanity, diagnoses our present misfortunes, identifies the dangerous trends and maps the desirable and feasible futures. Most importantly, it locates the transformative social forces that are still intact – the moral reserves of humanity – and delves into the strategy and actions that can shape a different version of humanity), Conference organizer Paget Henry, Valerie Knowles Combie from the University of the Virgin Islands, editor of The Caribbean Writer literary journal Alscess Lewis-Brown, psychologist and poet Elaine Olaoye, Bernadette Farquhar whose specialities are French and linguistics, Antigua and Barbuda’s press secretary Lionel ‘Max’ Hurst, Anique John (law/social justice), Hourglass Investment CEO Norris Morris Harris, and a special panel consisting of secondary school students). For more information contact: Paget Henry (paget_henry@brown.edu), Janet Lofgren (janetlofgren@gmail.com), Zane Peters (zane.peters@open.uwi.edu), or Schuyler Esprit (schuyler.esprit@dec.uwi.edu)

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July to August 2019 – Antigua’s Carnival

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July and August – sessions to be held on July 22nd – 26th & August 12th – 16th 2019 – flyer and registration form copied below-contact me at jhohadli at gmail dot com for more information or to submit registration form: JSYWP Registration Form 2019

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This Summer’s Antigua Conference to focus on Barbuda

The University of the West Indies Open Campus (Antigua and Barbuda)
The Antigua and Barbuda Studies Association
The Antigua and Barbuda Youth Enlightenment Academy
Announce the
14th Annual Conference and Distinguished Lecture
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
After the Ecological and Political Storms: Whither Barbuda’s Development
at
The University of the West Indies Open Campus (Antigua and Barbuda)
August 15–16, 2019

Confirmed participants include:

Glenn Sankatsing, author of Quest to Rescue Our Future (Keynote Speaker)
Paget Henry (Sociology/Philosophy)
Valerie Knowles Combie (English Literature)
Alscess Lewis-Brown, editor of The Caribbean Writer (English)
Bernadette Farquhar (French/Linguistics)
Elaine Olaoye (Poetry/Psychology)
Lionel Hurst (Attorney/Prime Minister’s Press Secretary)
Anique John (Law/Social Justice)
Norris Morris Harris (CEO, Hourglass Investment)
plus
…a special panel consisting of high school students

For more information contact: Paget Henry (paget_henry@brown.edu), Janet Lofgren (janetlofgren@gmail.com), Zane Peters (zane.peters@open.uwi.edu) or Schuyler Esprit (schuyler.esprit@dec.uwi.edu)

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Antigua Conference Call for Papers: AFTER THE ECOLOGICAL AND POLITICAL STORMS: WHITHER BARBUDA’S DEVELOPMENT?

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The annual Antigua and Barbuda Conference 14th in the series, has been set for August 15–16, 2019, and they have issued their call for papers.

Here It Is:

This year, our focus will be on Barbuda and its recovery after the devastating impact of hurricane Irma. To do this topic justice, we will have to break the usual patterns of putting Antigua first and Barbuda second. In spite of being constitutionally joined since 1860, the history of relations between Barbuda and Antigua has been a rather intense and explosive one. Consequently, between the two territories there have been deep and abiding levels of distrust and misunderstanding.

One indicator of the explosive nature of the relations between these territories of our twin-island state is the 1858 four-day explosion of violence in St. Johns between migrant Barbudans and resident Antiguans. A second indicator of the depth of this divide was the secessionist position taken by the Barbuda delegation to the 1980 Lancaster House conference at which the independence constitution of the soon-to-be nation of Antigua and Barbuda was being drafted. The Barbudan delegation made it clear that they wanted a separation from the union with Antigua. The third indicator of the depth of this divide that I will mention here is the one we are living through—the differences between Barbudans and Antiguans over how best to reconstruct and develop Barbuda after hurricane Irma.

In other words, in spite of 38 years of political independence as the nation of Antigua and Barbuda, we have not been able to forge a collective identity that includes Barbudans and Antiguans on equal terms. There remains a deep fissure in the “We” or the collective identity of our nation that continues to erupt every so often, with threats to dissolve our union. Thus it is important that we seek a better understanding of this long and well-established divide by exploring its distinct nature and history.

Let us refer to this divide between Barbuda and Antigua as a form of insular inequality. This is a form of social inequality that emerged out of the peculiar relationship that colonial rule established between a colony and its dependency. Consequently, in the period after colonial rule, the people and leaders of some postcolonial nations have found themselves confronted with not only forms of imperial, class, race and gender inequality, but also insular inequality. Just as these other forms of domination and related inequalities required well-developed discourses of analysis and organized action to counter them, so too does insular inequality. To fight it, we will need carefully developed discourses of insularism that should be comparable to those of classism, imperialism, racism and sexism. Among the new postcolonial nations that inherited all of these forms of social inequality, we can think of Trinidad and Tobago, St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and of course Antigua and Barbuda.

Between a colony and its dependency, there exist definite feelings of insular difference produced by the maritime separation between the two islands or territories making up the union. These are basic self/other, or we/they differences that often develop on both sides around observable differences such as race, gender, geography or ethnicity. However, upon feelings of insular and other forms of difference, structures and processes of domination, exploitation and neglect were established during the colonial period. These practices greatly exaggerated these feelings of difference, transforming them into toxic forms of insularism. These exaggerated feelings in turn, became the foundations of the insular inequality that currently exists in cases like Antigua and Barbuda or Trinidad and Tobago.

We have not named and theorized insular inequality to the same degree that we have the other major forms of social domination. We have been able to name and theorize sexism, racism, imperialism and classism because there have been extensive developments of these discourses abroad on which we have been able to draw. This has not been the case with insularism, which has left us with the challenge of taking the lead in developing such a discourse that could guide the struggle for insular equality within postcolonial nations with inheritances of dependencies. We would not think of fighting racism or sexism without carefully naming and theorizing them. Yet this is precisely what we have been attempting to do in the case of insularism.

Between Barbuda and Antigua, there developed a particularly toxic form of insularism, even by Caribbean standard. Before gaining the constitutional status of a dependency, Barbuda was simply real estate owned by the Codringtons, and used to support their sugar plantations in Antigua. William Codrington called Barbuda a private governmency, a “constitutional” status that was clearly below that of a dependency. As a private governmency, there were no requirements that legislatures and other institutions of government be set up. All that was required was a manager and a lawyer, who had to report to the Codringtons. This was the low point from which Barbuda became a dependency of Antigua, with the developmental gap between the two only growing wider. As this gap widened, the insular differences turned toxic as they were equated with moral, intellectual and performative differences between Barbudans and Antiguans.

This is the persistent heritage of toxic insularism that continues to divide us. It has produced attitudes of Antigua-first and Antigua-centric forms of politics, which Barbudans have instinctively resisted. This resistance has been a major obstacle in the way of the central government’s attempts to develop Barbuda and to close the gap between these territories of our twin-island nation. The current tensions over the post-Irma reconstruction of Barbuda are the latest in a long series.

Given this long history of insular inequality, it is clear what we must do at this 14th annual country conference. First, we must listen to the anti- Antigua-centric voices of Barbudans and grasp more fully the depths of the fight for insular equality from which they speak. Second, we will have to put these Antigua-centric discourses and practices on the table for close examination. Third, we will have to get into the historical roots of this now toxic relationship so that we can understand it better. And fourth, we will have come up with suggestions for ending this practice of Antiguan superiority, as we have in the cases of white or male superiority.

Thus some of the topics that you may consider writing and speaking about are:

How is insular inequality different from class or racial inequality?
Is Antiguan insularism a form of micro imperialism?
What has been the history of the Barbudan economy and the attempts to develop it?
What have been the policies of the ABLP, PLM, UPP administrations on Barbuda?
What was the ACLM’s position on the development of Barbuda?
How do we deal with the vexed issue of land ownership on Barbuda?
How does Antigua and Barbuda today compare with Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines or St. Kitts-Nevis?
How do we heal and close the deep fissure between Barbuda and Antigua?

If you are interested in making a presentation at this 2019 conference, please send us a brief abstract that includes your name, your title and a brief description of the theme of your presentation. We must receive your abstract by May 20th, 2019. It will help us to put you on the right panel. Your abstract, in the form of a word document, should be emailed to paget_henry@brown.edu or to janetlofgren@gmail.com

Signatories:

Paget Henry, president, Antigua Barbuda Studies Association
Zane Peters, head, UWI (Antigua)
Schuyler Esprit, program officer, UWI (Antigua)
Janet Lofgren, editorial assistant, Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books

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Post Post Re Antigua Conference, Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books

I don’t have much to say about the conference as I missed it this year but it focused on the 70th anniversary of the University of the West Indies.

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Other observed anniversaries were Antigua and Barbuda’s 37th and the UWI Open Campus’ 10th.

Held August 16th to 17th, it included feature lectures by noted Caribbean historian Professor Sir Hilary Beckles and Professor Adlai Murdoch; and UWI narratives and reflections by Drs. George and Gwendolyn Roberts, Dorbrene O’Marde, La-Chelle Carter, Levisha Josiah, and Professor Paget Henry. As usual, the conference was also the occasion of the launch of the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books.

I finally got my hands on a copy today. Here’s a rundown re the content:

An interview with Edris Bird by Susan Lowes

Featured essays on Distance Learner Ecologies of the University of the West Indies Open Campus Program by Elizabeth Beaubrun, A Socioreligious Revolution: a Sociological Exegis of ‘Poor’ and ‘Rich’ in Luke-Acts by Birchfield Aymer, Joanne Hillhouse’s Iconic Stance through her Works by Valerie Knowles Combie, WANTED: Offspring, Talent, Inheritance and Assets Management by Lawrence A. Jardine, and Entrepreneurial Socialism vs. Pragmatism: Reflections on the 2018 Elections in Antigua and Barbuda by Paget Henry.

and Reviews of Marilyn Sargeant’s Carbon is Yellow by Lionel Hurst, Claytine Nisbett’s Life as Josephine by Valerie Knowles Combie, and Economic Development of Small States edited by Edris Bird by Paget Henry.

Excerpts pulled at random:

“they came from the offices, from the schools, and they wanted to further their education” – Edris Bird, former UWI Open campus resident tutor in interview with Susan Lowes

“Like all forms of machinery, the machinery of government can go out of alignment as vital parts get worn or damaged in the case of daily use.” – Paget Henry (Entrepreneurail Socialism vs. Pragmatism: Reflections on the 2018 Elections in Antigua and Barbuda

“Hillhouse is a credible, authentic writer whose voice courts universal appeal.” – Valerie Knowles Combie (Joanne Hillhouse’s Iconic Stance Through Her Work)

“This coming-of-age book is a quick read succinctly delivered, packed with words of wisdom and relevant experiences for both parents and children as they explore this troublesome period of their lives.” – Valerie Knowles Combie (A Review of Claytine Nisbett’s Life as Josephine)

I haven’t read the Review as yet but I do want to thank Professor  Combie for her paper on my work. I look forward to reading all the articles. You too? Cool. The contact for copies (I believe) and to submit reviews is Paget_Henry@Brown.edu

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A & B Arts Round Up – April 10th 2018 —>

This page or series of pages is specific to arts and/or cultural events being held in Antigua and Barbuda.

May 20th 2018 – Call for papers – 13th Annual Conference and Distinguished Lecture (August 16th -17th 2018) – the University of the West Indies Open Campus Antigua and Barbuda, the Antigua and Barbuda Studies Association, and the Antigua and Barbuda Youth Enlightenment Academy. Details re Call for Papers: UWI-ABSA Conference 2018 Call for Papers

April 28th 2018 – Jhohadli Writing Project Creative Writing Series continues – must register at least one week in advance – can participate from anywhere – several payment options – April 2018

April 21st 2018 – 6:30 p.m. mock logoThe Wadadli Youth Pen Prize 2018 Challenge Awards Ceremony at the Best of Books, St. Mary’s Street.

April 16th – 18th 2018 –  3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Teenagers’ Artistic Expressions In Writing and With Cell-phone Photographs – Instructor, Mali Adélàjà Olatunji Dip. photo, BSc, M.A. The_Art_of_Mali_Olatunji_-_Full_Size_RGB_m– at The Museum Of Antigua and Barbuda (Long and Market Streets, St. John’s, Antigua) – exploring the simplicity of photography with the use of a cell-phone to make pictures of any subjects or objects with the intention to produce images of artistic pictorial expressions; also articulating  intentions in words in the manner of photojournalism to provide a documentary or a visual account of specific subjects and events, literally re-presenting objective reality rather than the usual subjective discourses of everyday life.

April 14th & 15th 2018 – Antigua Opera Society’s first ever performance at Catherine’s Café and the National Sailing Academy. Read more at Antiguanice.com

April 14th 2018 –  the official launch of Brenda Lee Browne’s first novella, ‘London Rocks’, at Cedars Pottery, Buckley’s Main Road, 6pm – 8pm. There will be a reading,  Q&A and book signing – copies of  ‘Just Write Writers Journal’  will also be on sale. An art exhibition featuring original pieces by Browne will be on display. About the Book: New Book from Hansib – London Rocks[1789]
London Rocks

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From the Mailbox: Antigua and Barbuda Conference, 2016 Edition

 

The University of the West Indies, Open Campus Antigua and Barbuda, The Antigua and Barbuda Studies Association and the Antigua and Barbuda Youth Enlightenment Academy

Present

A Conference and Distinguished Lecture

GENDER EQUALITY IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

AT

UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES, OPEN CAMPUS

AND

THE ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA YOUTH ENLIGHTENMENT ACADEMY

AUGUST 11-12, 2016

PROGRAM

Thursday, August 11th (5:00 – 9:30 PM)

Opening Ceremonies
Opening Speakers: Allison Hull (UWI), Ian Benn (UWI), Paget Henry (ABSA)

 

5:30 – 6:45:  Dorbrene O’Marde, “Update on Reparations for Slavery”

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Pictured are two of the conference’s presenters: left, Brenda Lee Browne, and, right, Dr. Natasha Lightfoot. This was taken at the launch of Dr. Lightfoot’s book Troubling Freedom. Not to be re-used without permission and credit.

7:00- 8:30: Distinguished Lecturer: NATASHA LIGHTFOOT, Prof. of History at Columbia University, and author of Troubling Freedom: Antigua and the Aftermath of British Emancipation
Title: “Women in Post-slavery Antigua and Barbuda”

8:30 – 9:00: Launch of Volume 9 of The Antigua & Barbuda Review of Books

9:00 -9:30:  REFRESHMENTS
Friday, August 12th (12:30 – 1:50 PM)

LOCATION: ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA YOUTH ENLIGHTENMENT ACADEMY

1) OPENING GENERAL DISCUSSION: “Male and Female in Antigua and Barbuda Today”
Anchors: Don Charles and Loretta Benjamin

Friday, August 12th  (2:00-3:20)

2) GROWING UP FEMALE IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

Presenters
Aziza Lake, “Growing up Female in Antigua and Barbuda”

Valerie Knowles-Combie, “Writing and Growing up Female in Antigua & Barbuda”

Paget Henry, “Female Identity and the Transition From the African to the European Family”

Chair: Susan Lowes

Friday, August 12th  (3:30-4:50 PM)

3) ANTIGUAN AND BARBUDAN WOMEN IN MUSIC AND CARNIVAL

Presenters:
Dorbrene O’Marde, “Women in Calypso/Arts”

Brenda Lee Browne, “Art as a Vehicle for Expression: Pushing Beyond the Political
Boundaries”

Chair:  Arthur Paris

Friday, August 12th (5:00 – 6:30 PM)

ANTIGUAN AND BARBUDAN WOMEN IN PUBLIC LIFE

Presenters:
E. Ann Henry, “TBA”

Nneka Nicholas, “TBA”

Janeille Matthews, “Gender and Crime”

Chair:   Janelle O’Marde
BREAK AND REFRESHMENTS

Friday, January 11th (7:30 – 9:00 PM)

CLOSING GENERAL DISCUSSION: “The Challenges of Growing up Male in Antigua and Barbuda”

Anchors: Magistrate Veronica Thomas and Paget Henry

FINAL REMARKS

Download Programme: Book Launch, Distinguished Lecture & Symposium, 2016 – Programme for Aug 11 & 12, 2016

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“Gender Equality in Antigua and Barbuda” – Call for Papers

The University of the West Indies Open Campus Antigua and Barbuda
and
The Antigua and Barbuda Studies Association

Present

Our 11th Annual Conference
and
Distinguished Lecture

“GENDER EQUALITY IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA”

The University of the West Indies Open Campus Antigua

August 11–12, 2016
Greetings All! Welcome to the call for papers for the 11th in the series of annual conferences on Antigua and Barbuda that have been jointly organized by the University of the West Indies Open Campus Antigua and Barbuda (UWI) and the Antigua and Barbuda Studies Association (ABSA). Many of the papers from last year’s historic 10th Anniversary conference will be published in this year’s issue of The Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books. For 2016, the theme of our conference will be “Gender Equality in Antigua and Barbuda”. Our keynote speaker will be Professor Natasha Lightfoot, author of the recently published book, Troubling Freedom: Antigua and the Aftermath of British Emancipation. It is our hope that you will be interested in presenting a paper at this important conference.

The changing relations between men and women in Antigua and Barbuda have been for some time now an intensely debated social issue. It is the theme of this year’s conference as a result of overwhelming demand. No other suggested topic came close. Clearly the time to take up this issue in the context of this particular forum has come.

Like many of the other societies of our region and across the globe, Antigua and Barbuda has been going through major changes in gender relations. These changes have been both structural and cultural in nature. That is, they are taking place at the levels of organizations and institutions as well as in the areas of identity construction and the narratives that legitimate our changing male and female identities. These significant changes in gender relations have been driven by the power of four historically reinforcing social movements aimed at changing or reforming the dominant capitalist social order. The first was the Pan African Movement of the early decades of the 20th century, which re-ignited the struggle against colonialism and anti-black racism in Antigua and Barbuda. The second was the international Workers Movement of the 1930s, which gave rise to the trade union movement in Antigua and Barbuda. Third, were the nationalist and civil rights movements across the Caribbean, Africa and Black America, which brought political independence to Antigua and Barbuda.

The fourth social movement contributing to current changes in gender relations in Antigua and Barbuda is the international Women’s Movement. This movement and its issues of gender equality were present but definitely submerged in the three previous social movements. Consequently, all four can be seen as a continuing chorus of different voices calling for change in the European-dominated social order of the early 20th century. The revolutionary and activist practices of the first three movements together with their failure to address the issues of gender equality within their own ranks and in the larger society set the stage for the rise of a global Women’s Movement, which has had very strong responses of support from the women of Antigua and Barbuda.

Gender inequality in Antigua and Barbuda has a long history, as long as the history of our country. It has African foundations, which established men as political leaders and dominant figures, at the same time that women were restricted primarily to the domestic sphere with only limited roles outside of the home in agriculture, marketing and the public life of lineage groups.

On these African foundations were imposed the gender relations of the period of colonization and slavery. As a result, these were centuries of colonial de-gendering – the masculinization of African women and the feminization of African men. The subjectivities of both were radically dehumanized – niggerized – as their labor was brutally exploited to generate profits for the sugar plantations. Added to this already extreme level of oppression was the sexual exploitation of Afro-Antiguan and Barbudan women.

In the post-slavery period, colonial policies of re-gendering according to European patriarchal norms were introduced. This was the era in which the Christian nuclear family was more systematically imposed the structures of the African family that survived the previous period of de-gendering and family disruption. Along with these new policies came the classes in home economics for teaching Afro-Antiguan and Barbudan women how to be good Victorian wives. Outside of the home, much later the fields of teaching and nursing opened as areas of employment for women along with dressmaking, which was done largely in the home. These post-slavery initiatives reached only a tiny percentage of the population. Thus the majority of men and women occupied creole or bicultural constructions of family life that left Afro-Antiguan and Barbudan women without the specific female protections that were enshrined in either the African or European kinship system.

This was the particularly disadvantaged position in which the failure of the post-slavery family reforms left Afro-Antiguan and Barbudan women. They were without the protections of African kinship institutions such as the lineage group and bride wealth, and without those that went with the legal status of a European wife. If we add to these the limited opportunities for employment issues such as spousal abuse, we can easily understand why Antiguan and Barbudan women have responded so positively to the feminist appeals and promises of the Women’s Movement.

The primary purpose of our conference is to assess where we are today with this project of gender equality in the postcolonial period. What have been the new policies adopted by the V.C. Bird, the Lester Bird, Baldwin Spencer and now Gaston Browne Administrations to address the status of women and improve family life for the majority of the population? We can point to obvious areas such as primary, secondary and tertiary education as well as the opening of many new areas of employment for Antiguan and Barbudan women. At the same time, we want to know what are the remaining areas of social life in which Antiguan and Barbudan women still experience gender discrimination. What of pay differentials? What of access to the arena of politics? What of spousal abuse? What of gendered occupations?

In 1997, in her keynote address to the recently opened Centre for Gender and Development at the University of the West Indies (Mona), Johnetta Cole told her audience: “It is we women who are the major participants in the churches, the backbones they call us, frying the chicken, making the roti, but it is the brothers who are almost always the heads, the leaders. It is we women who take the notes at the meetings, organize the buses for the rallies, go door-to-door to get the votes, but the it is always the brothers who are the Prime Ministers”. Is this where we still are today? And if so, what are we doing about it?

To address questions like these we suggest the following themes as guides in deciding the exact topic on which you will present:
Women and the structure of the Contemporary Antiguan and Barbudan Family

Gender policies of postcolonial administrations from Bird to Browne

Gender discrimination in Antigua and Barbuda

Gender and Sexuality in Antigua and Barbuda

Race and Gender in Antigua and Barbuda

Antiguan and Barbudan Women in Party Politics

Women and Education in Antigua and Barbuda

Antiguan and Barbudan women in the media

Growing up female in Antigua and Barbuda

Women in Antiguan and Barbudan music

Women and the Arts in Antigua and Barbuda

Antiguan and Barbudan women in carnival

Women and economic development in Antigua and Barbuda

Recent books by Antiguan and Barbudan women

Women and Calypso in Antigua and Barbuda

If you are interested in presenting a paper at this 2016 conference, please send us a brief abstract that includes your title, your name, and a brief description of the theme of your paper. These abstracts must be received by May 15, 2016. They will enable us to put you on the right panel. Your abstract, in a word document, should be emailed to: paget_henry@brown.edu and to janetlofgren@gmail.com .

Paget Henry Ian Benn Janet Lofgren
President Head Editorial Assistant
ABSA UWI (Antigua) A&B Review of Books

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Gregson Davis, Jamaica Kincaid to Deliver Keynotes at Antigua-Barbuda Conference

This year it’s the 10th anniversary of the annual Antigua and Barbuda Conference. Here’s everything you need to know about the two-day conference. Don’t say I didn’t tell you.

Date: August 6th 2015

LOCATION: UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS, ANTIGUA

Breakdown:

3 to 3:30 p.m. – Opening Remarks Paget Henry (Antigua and Barbuda Studies Association) and Allison Hull (University of the West Indies)

3:30 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Panel One: THE ARTS AND THE GROWTH OF SELF-KNOWLEDGE – PART 1: Presenters: Adlai Murdoch – Writing and the (Re)Definition of ‘Antiguan-ness’; Hazra Medica – Rescuing the ‘Wharf-rat’: Working-class Male Identity in Antigua Literature; Dorbrene O’Marde  –  Reparations Scholarship: Recognition, Justice and Development – Chair: Susan Lowes

5:00 – 6:20 p.m. PANEL TWO: RELIGION IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA: CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION Presenters: Elaine Olaoye – Socio-psychological Analysis of Allan Davis’ Theology of Suffering; Valerie Combie – Good Old Time Hymns of Faith: Their Impact on Community Life; Edith Oladele  – A Vision of the Caribbean Church: Indigenous, Diaspora, and Totally Free to Be – Chair: Paget Henry

6:20 – 7:00 p.m. REFRESHMENT BREAK

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Distinguished Professor, Gregson Davis – Sands of Paradise/Sands of Time: Rethinking the Aims of Education for the 21st Century – Chair: Ermina Osoba

8:30 – 9:00 p.m. BOOK LAUNCH Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books, Volume 8, Number 1

Friday, August 7th 2015

LOCATION: ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA YOUTH ENLIGHTENMENT ACADEMY

Breakdown:

12:30 – 1:50 p.m. PANEL THREE: THE ARTS AND THE GROWTH OF SELF-KNOWLEDGE: PART 2 Presenters: Althea Romeo-Mark – An Immigrant Story, the Arts, and Self-Knowledge; Edgar Lake – Rewriting the Archive; Bernadette Farquhar – Pére Labat’s Description of the Making of Bamboula, a Dying Antiguan Culinary Art – Chair: Valerie Knowles Combie

2:00 – 3:20 p.m. PANEL FOUR: THE ANTIGUAN AND BARBUDAN ECONOMY: AN UPDATE Presenters: Don Charles – The Antiguan Economy: Skills Training and Education Requirements for Sustainable Future Growth; Paget Henry – The Antiguan Economy: a Left Perspective; Jay Mandle – Diaspora and Development in the Post-Colonial Period: the Case of Antigua and Barbuda – Chair: Alvette (Ellorton) Jeffers

3:30 – 4:50 p.m. PANEL FIVE ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY POLITICS Presenters: Dorbrene O’Marde – Reparations Scholarship: Recognition, Justice, and Development; Ermina Osoba – Gender Relations in Antigua and Barbuda: a Reflective Update; Harland Henry – Mobilizing Small Business Entrepreneurship in Antigua and Barbuda – Chair: Arthur Paris

5:00 – 6:20 p.m. PANEL SIX EXPANDING THE EDUCATIONAL SECTOR Presenters: Juno Samuel – The Making of the University of Antigua and Barbuda; Anthony Joseph – Secondary School Exit Exams in English and Mathematics; Claude Turner – A view of the Antigua and Barbuda Knowledge Economy, 2020 – Chair: Mali Olatunji

6:20 – 7:00 p.m. REFRESHMENT BREAK

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. KEYNOTE READING: Distinguished Author, Jamaica Kincaid – Chair: Hazra Medica

CLOSING REMARKS

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The University of the West Indies Open Campus Antigua and Barbuda and the Antigua and Barbuda Studies Association

Present

A 10th Anniversary Conference

EXPANDING THE INTELLECTUAL COMMUNITY OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

The University of the West Indies Open Campus Antigua

August 6-8, 2015

Difficult as it may be to believe, 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of a continuous collaboration between the University of the West Indies Open Campus, Antigua (UWI) and the Antigua and Barbuda Studies Association (ABSA). Over the past ten years, this UWI/ABSA partnership has put on conferences, exhibitions, dramatic performances, celebrations of the authors and artists of Antigua and Barbuda, and launched the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books. To mark this significant milestone, we are planning another major conference like the one in 2005, which started this very productive partnership. It is our hope that you will be interested in presenting a paper at this important conference. The theme of this anniversary conference will be “Expanding the Intellectual Community of Antigua and Barbuda”.

We will direct our focus at the future possibilities of this intellectual community of which our partnership is a part. We will explore the ways in which we can best expand the reach, vision and capabilities of our intellectual community so that we, as a society, can participate more effectively and assertively in the new world that is being created by the ongoing revolutions in information and communication technologies. Adapting to this rapidly arriving world will require major changes in our systems of primary, secondary and tertiary education, and in collaborations such as the UWI/ABSA partnership. It is also going to require more effective linkages between the knowledge that circulates through these systems and the productive and administrative needs of our economy and polity. Forging these linkages are all the more important now as our political economy, and that of the larger Caribbean, are still in recovery mode from the global financial crisis of 2008. How to help stimulate this kind of growth is the challenge we have set for ourselves for the 10th anniversary of our partnership. However, before developing this theme in greater detail, let us take a quick backward glance at some of our major achievements of the past decade.

A Little History

The conference that founded this partnership was held on August 3-5, 2005 at the Jolly Beach Hotel. It theme was “The Political and Artistic Cultures of Antigua and Barbuda”. In attendance were 25 distinguished scholars and artists of Antigua and Barbuda including Gregson Davis, Jamaica Kincaid, Edgar Lake, Ermina Osoba, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Ellorton Jeffers, Milton Benjamin, Susan Lowes, Natasha Lightfoot, Mali Olatunji and Dorbrene O’Marde. The impetus for this conference was the success of the UPP in the elections of 2004, its implications for the democratic political culture of Antigua and Barbuda, and also for the life of the arts. It was at the closing session of this conference that ABSA was established, and, particularly in response to Edgar Lake’s presentation, the decision taken to launch the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books.

After a progress report in 2007 at the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, our next big event was another conference, “The Impact of 1968: Then and Now”, which was held at the Multi-purpose Center on August 13-15, 2008. Its theme was the political upheavals of 1968 and their immediate impact on two-party democracy in our nation and also decades later. We also launched the first issue of the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books. Participants included Ermina Osoba, Conrad Luke, Ellorton Jeffers, Robin Bascus, Keithlyn Smith, Sydney Prince, Ian Benn, Vincent Richards, Radcliffe Robbins, Mali Olatunji, Dorbrene OMarde, and Gaston Browne, then deputy leader of the ALP, and now prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda.

The following year, in August of 2009, we organized a discussion on “Constitutional Reform in Antigua and Barbuda”, which was led by attorney, Ann Henry. We also launched the second issue of the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books.

In August of 2010, our partnership launched its Distinguished Lecture Series. This produced several lectures on the Antiguan and Barbudan economy in the period after the Great Recession of 2008, including one on ABS Television. Among the lecturers were Don Charles, Vincent Richards and Paget Henry. And of course we also launched the third issue of the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books.

2011 was a very busy year for us. In January, we organized a major conference on “Education, Science and Development in Antigua and Barbuda”, at the Hospitality Training Institute. The focus of that conference was on all levels of our educational system, but with a special emphasis on the prospects for a University of Antigua and Barbuda. Participants included Distinguished Professor Lewis Gordon (keynote speaker), Jacqui Quinn-Leandro, Minister of Education, Anthony Joseph, Claude Turner, Hiram Forde, Vincent Richards, Vanere Goodwin, Ian Benn, David King, Conrad Luke, Mali Olatunji, and Anthonyson King.

In August of 2011, we launched the fourth issue of the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books, which was preceded by a dramatic performance and exhibition by the arts group, Roots Cultural Connection.

In August of 2012, we launched the fifth and very special issue of the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books that was edited by Edgar Lake. It was devoted to poetry written by women from Antigua and Barbuda. Contributing poets included, Elizabeth Hart, Veronica Evanson, Valerie Combie, Althea Romeo-Mark, Cynthia Hewlett, and Linisa George. The launch was preceded by a powerful dramatic presentation by members of the Young Poets Society of Antigua and Barbuda.

2013 was another busy year for us. In January we organized, with the aid of Leonard Tim Hector Memorial Committee/ ACLM, a conference to mark the 10th anniversary of the passing of our great scholar and activist, Tim Hector. The conference was entitled “Tim Hector, Caribbean Politics and Economic Development“. Participants included David Abdullah (keynote speaker) Aaron Kamugisha, Conrad Luke, Dorbrene O’Marde, Matthew Quest, Linley Winter, Lowell Jarvis, Don Charles and George Goodwin.

In August of the same year we launched the sixth issue of the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books. This issue celebrated the work of our distinguished theologian Rev. Kortright Davis, and included poems by men from Antigua and Barbuda.

In 2014, the month of August was a busy one. We organized a conference on “Religion in Antigua and Barbuda”, and launched the seventh issue of the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books, which celebrated the latest works of Jamaica Kincaid, Joanne Hillhouse. and Dorbrene O’Marde. The motivation for this conference was concern on the street about religious re-colonization by American mega-churches. Participants included Dr. George Roberts (Keynote speaker and performer), Fr. Reid Simon, Edith Oladele, Rev. Carlwyn Greenaway, Ermina Osoba, and David Spencer.

These in brief have been our major achievements of the past decade of which we are quite proud. Also, we are certain that they have contributed significantly to the intellectual life of our community.

Growing Our Intellectual Community

From the names of the scholars mentioned above, and the other educational institutions included in our brief historical sketch, we should now have a clear idea of the proportions of the intellectual community whose growth and expansion will be the focus of our conference. In particular, it should be clear that in carrying out the programs of this partnership between UWI and ABSA, we have had to reach out to Antigua and Barbudan scholars abroad, to the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, the State College, the Antigua and Barbuda International Institute of Technology (ABIIT), the National Archives, the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute (ABHTI), arts groups like Roots Cultural Connection, and the ministry of education. In short, in practical or working terms, it is this collection of individuals and institutions that constitute the intellectual community that we wish to expand. Our rapidly changing local and global environments demand that we have some clear ideas about the organization and future of this important community, its place in the future of Antigua and Barbuda, and the wider Caribbean.

Given the legacies of our colonial and postcolonial histories, imagining the future of our community must include work on the fragmented nature of our national identity. This collective identity is most immediately insular (Antiguan and Barbudan), but it is also regional (Caribbean), diasporic (African), imperial (European/American) and now global (digital/cyber). In the strokes of our cricketers, the literature of our novelists and poets, the music of our churches and calypsonians, the writings of our bloggers, the ideals of our politics, and other practices, we can see the dispersed constituents of this potential but still elusive national identity. In spite of this difficult elusiveness, these are some of the vital fragments that must be better woven together and publicly represented. The better integration of these vital pieces is necessary if we are to continue to grow in both individual and collective self-consciousness. This increased self-consciousness is vital for expanding our vision and for moving forward as a community, a nation, a region, a diaspora, and a globe.

There are at least four good reasons why we should make the growth of our intellectual community the focus of our conference. First, the graduates of our secondary schools are increasing and thus are in need of increasing opportunities for tertiary education. Second, in the fast arriving globalized and digitized world, the Bachelor’s degree will be what the high school diploma was to the industrial era of the second half of the 20th century. Third, in order for Antigua and Barbuda to make an effective adjustment to this digital era, the volume of technical information circulating through our intellectual community, along with access to it, must increase significantly. Fourth and finally, as our stock of technical knowledge increases so too must the volume of our self-knowledge. That is, the knowledge that we have of ourselves both as individuals and as a people coming out of a history of slavery, racialization and colonization.

With these concerns in mind, we need to think about the existing limitations of our intellectual community, the factors that may be inhibiting its growth, and what new features it will need if we are to meet the challenges ahead of us. Thus we need to think about and write papers on how we can deepen the ties between the various institutions that make up the insular base of this community of learning, how to grow some of its institutions, how to increase their output, and how to make them more accessible to larger numbers of students. We should also think of ways in which we can better incorporate the two medical schools on Antigua into our community. In this spirit, partners from other local cultural institutions such as the National Archives and the library will be invited to make suggestions for deepening these ties and to talk about relations with umbrella organizations like ACURIL. At the same time, we must also think of ways in which we can deepen regional, diasporic, and global/cyber ties. An educational expansion of this nature is vital for Antigua and Barbuda’s entry into the more competitive and technological world that is ahead of us.

Giving the increasing necessity of the Bachelor’s degree mentioned above, the institutions whose growth and expansion have become most urgent are the State College, ABITT, and ABHTI. To meet this growing demand for tertiary education these institutions need to be upgraded and merged to constitute the University of Antigua and Barbuda. The creation of this university should be done in close collaboration with the University of the West Indies to ensure proper accreditation.

As we consider creating the University of Antigua and Barbuda, we should be clear on the change in our philosophy of education that it represents. Our current philosophy of education has its roots in the 1940s when the University of the West Indies was being founded. One of the clearest formulations of this philosophy was Eric Williams’ 1953 text, Education in the British West Indies. In this landmark volume, Williams suggested that an intellectual community such as ours was either the chambermaid to the existing order or a midwife to the emerging order. In the light of the postcolonial Caribbean societies that were emerging in the 1940s, Williams argued that the colonial system of education had become a chambermaid, watering and tending the inequalities and inadequacies of the dying colonial order of things.

In its place Williams argued for a system of mass secondary education that was strongly tied to the agricultural nature of our economy, and the creation of a “British West Indian University. He did not want this university to be an elite one like Oxford or Cambridge, but more like an American state university, that would be responsive to our cultural needs and also to the productive needs of our economy. This in a nutshell has been the philosophy guiding our educational goals, decisions and practices.

With the onset of the digitizing of information and the increasing demand for tertiary education, it should be clear that we must now carefully and appropriately expand this philosophy of education. We need to expand it in four crucial areas. First, we must make a new commitment to improving the quality and reach of secondary education. Second, at the tertiary undergraduate level, a system of island-based BA degree-granting universities or colleges need to be established, replacing AA degree-granting institutions such as our state college. Third, this new generation of universities would be appropriately adjusted versions of emerging digitized universities, such as the Open Campus of the University of the West Indies. Fourth and finally, UWI would then become the primary center for graduate education, granting most of the MA and PhD degrees produced in our region.

In these island-based universities, special fields of knowledge such as Antigua and Barbuda Studies, Grenada Studies, or Dominica Studies must be developed. These new fields of study would complement the broader fields of Caribbean Studies and Africana Studies and at the same time supply the increased volume of self-knowledge that we need at this time in our national development. In other words, as Caribbean Studies and Africana Studies provided the self-knowledge that supported the earlier nationalist phase of our philosophy of education, so these new fields of study in island-based universities will provide the higher levels of self-consciousness that is now needed for us to move forward. One of the main goals of ABSA and the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books is to help to create the new field of Antigua and Barbuda Studies.

It is within the framework of such a new philosophy of Caribbean education that we need to think about how we can grow and expand our intellectual community here in Antigua and Barbuda. We must think hard and write papers about making sure that our intellectual community becomes a midwife to the emerging digital order. Even more than when Williams was writing, it is important that these changes and expansions of our community reflect and respond to the informational and productive demands of our economy. Indeed, the emerging order challenges us even more urgently to think about the economic base of our community of learning, how it can generate revenue and provide valuable support to key sectors of our economy. In short, possibilities for deeper synergies between education, tourism, agriculture, government services and entrepreneurial training must be an integral part of the growth of our intellectual community that will be the focus of our 10th anniversary conference.

Towards this end we encourage papers on topics such as:

The Arts and the Growth of Self-Knowledge

Carnival and the Arts in Antigua and Barbuda Today

Science and the Growth of Self-knowledge

The Growth in Technical Knowledge Needed by Antigua and Barbuda

Merging the State College, ABITT and ABHTI to Form the University of Antigua and Barbuda

Linking Education to Agriculture and Tourism

What Should the Knowledge Sector of Our Economy Look Like in 2020?

Two-party Democracy in Antigua and Barbuda: An Update

The Antiguan and Barbudan Economy: An Update

Religion in Antigua and Barbuda: Continuing the Conversation

Race in Antigua and Barbuda

An Analysis of Recent Books on Antigua and Barbuda

Current Trends in Antiguan and Barbudan Literature

Current Trends in Antiguan and Barbudan Music

Caribbean Studies and Antiguan and Barbudan Studies

Africana Studies and Antiguan and Barbudan Studies

Antiguan and Barbudan Identity in the Digital Age

If you are interested in presenting a paper at this historic conference, please send us a brief abstract that includes your title, your name, and a brief description of the theme of your paper. These abstracts must be received by February 15, 2015. They will enable us to put you on the right panel. Your abstract, in a word document, should be emailed to: paget_henry@brown.edu and to janetlofgren@gmail.com .

Paget Henry          Natasha Lightfoot        Ian Benn                   Janet Lofgren

President               Co-organizer                 Head                          Editorial Assistant

ABSA                      ABSA                              UWI (Antigua)          A&B Review of Books

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