Caribbean Traffic: Bodies, Cultures, Knowledges Programme

Caribbean Traffic: Bodies, Cultures, Knowledges Programme
31 March 2017, 10.00am - 7.00pm
Conference / Symposium
Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU


This one-day symposium is aimed at exploring contemporary narrative engagement (literary, visual, legal, sociological) with various transnational conversations which have, at their core, the Caribbean as a site of various forms of trafficking. Drawing on cases which bring into focus a series of economic, political, sexual and textual negotiations between the Caribbean and different locations within the global north and south, the symposium seeks to interrogate the structural and ideological mechanisms which have enabled forms of trafficking in and through the region. Through invigorating debates on transnational sexuality, migration and diaspora, human rights and cultural geography, it will also consider ‘trafficking’ in terms of the global circulation of new intimate, social, cultural and political knowledges.

Admission free. All welcome but spaces are limited so please register to attend (bottom of page) 

The event is generously supported by the Cassal Trust 

10.00 Registration and Coffee
10.15 Opening Remarks: Catherine Davies (IMLR, London), William Tantam (ILAS/London), and Conrad James (Birmingham)

10.30 Panel One : Chair, Charlotte Hammond
Asligul Berktay (Bogacizi, Istanbul): ‘The Slave Trade to the Spanish Caribbean in the First Half of the Eighteenth Century: The French and British Asiento Trades’
Eddie Bruce (Birkbeck, London): ‘South Asian Indenture to Jamaica: Between Literature and Law’
Megan MacDonald (Koç, Istanbul): ‘Trafficking (in) Glissant: Mediterranean Futurity, Caribbean Routes’

12.00 Panel Two : Chair, Paul Humphrey
Colin Williams (Director of Public Prosecutions, St. Vincent and the Grenadines): ‘Cross Border Challenges to Prosecuting Traffickers: A Case Study from the Eastern Caribbean Experience’
Clara Rachel Eybalin Casseus (IMLR, London): ‘Circularity, Creolization and the Spatial Practices of Belonging’
Charlotte Hammond (Cardiff University): ‘Textile Traffic: Disassembling Haiti’s Garment Industry’
13.30 Lunch (own arrangements)

14.30 Panel Three : Chair, William Tantam
Faith Smith
(Brandeis University): ‘Waiting In Traffic’
Conrad James (University of Birmingham): ‘Ana Mendieta: Cuban-American Traffic, Art and Ekphrasis’
Paul Humphrey (Monmouth University): ‘Cross-Caribbean Speculation: Bodies, Cultures and Borders in the Fiction of Rita Indiana Hernández’

16.00 Panel Four : Chair, Faith Smith
William Tantam
(ILAS, London): ‘Following the ball: playing football and consuming the English Premier League in Jamaica’
Lourdes Martínez-Echazábal (UC, Santa Cruz): ‘Glossy Traffic: Black Women’s Bodies in Thierry Le Gouès’s Popular’
17.00 Refreshments

17.15 Plenary Address
Jean-Françoise Boclé: ‘Traffic’s Poetic Politics’

18.00 Wine Reception 


Cathy Collins
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