Text & Testimony Collective Conference
DECEMBER 11-13, 2003

Dear Conference Participants,

Thank you so much for your interest in the up-coming Text and Testimony Collective Conference on Citylife in Caribbean History scheduled to be held in Barbados 11-13 December, 2003.

We are happy to inform you that your abstract has been accepted. Note that the paper must be submitted to the organisers by 30 November 2003.

Please go ahead and make the necessary travel and accommodation arrangements. The registration form should be completed and returned by 30 September 2003. (See attached information). The Conference Update and programme will be forwarded to you as soon as possible.

Please feel free to contact us if you need any further information.


Marcia Burrowes
Richard Goodridge
Verene Shepherd

Accomodation for Conference (MS Word)


The Text and Testimony Collective, in association with the Department of History, UWI, Cave Hill Campus, the Principal's Office, UWI, Cave Hill Campus, the Institute of Caribbean Studies, UWI, Mona, and the Harriet Tubman Resource Center on the African Diaspora, Department of History, York University, invites papers from scholars working on any aspect of Caribbean urban history for a 2-day Conference to be held at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies from December 11-13, 2003. The conference will commemorate the 375th anniversary of the city of Bridgetown in Barbados as well as mark the 40th anniversary of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies. In keeping with one of the objectives of the Text and Testimony Collective - to recover the first hand experiences of enslaved (or otherwise bonded) and working class people - papers are specially invited on the "voices" of enslaved/bonded and working class people in urban spaces throughout the Caribbean region. Both individual papers and complete panels will be considered.

The following are the panel themes:

Bridgetown/Emergence of Caribbean towns
Rural/urban relations (migration, economic relations, urban industries)
Urban slave society (free coloureds, slave life in the city)
Voices of the urban people
Culture in the city
Urban working class popular movements and protests
Gender and city life
Health and city life

City Life in the Caribbean Diaspora in the 19th to mid-20th centuries

The Conference will open on the evening of December 11th and papers will be presented on December 12th and 13th.

Participants should observe the following schedule:

    End April 2003: Indication of interest in presenting a paper to Prof. Verene A. Shepherd, Co-ordinator, Text and Testimony Collective & Conference co-organizer: AND Dr. Marcia Burrowes, Conference Co-organizer, Department of History, Cave Hill Campus

    End June 2003: submission of one page abstracts electronically to Prof. Verene Shepherd AND Dr. Marcia Burrowes. Participants will be notified about the acceptance/non-acceptance of their abstracts by end July 2003.

    End October 2003: Submission of 15 page paper (12 point font, double spaced, endnotes) to Dr. Marcia Burrowes, Department of History, UWI, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados

For further information, contact any member of the organizing team:

    Prof. Hilary Beckles, Principal, Cave Hill Campus, UWI & Member of the Steering Committee, TTC:
    Dr. Marcia Burrowes, Dept. of History, UWI, Cave Hill
    Prof. Paul Lovejoy, Harriet Tubman Resource Centre, York University & Member of the Steering Committee, TTC:
    Prof. John Mayo, Head, Dept. of History, Cave Hill Campus, UWI
    Prof. Verene A. Shepherd, Coordinator, Text and Testimony Collective:
    Prof. David Trotman, Harriet Tubman Resource Centre, York University & Member of the Steering Committee, TTC