CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Text & Testimony Collective Conference
CITY LIFE IN CARIBBEAN HISTORY: CELEBRATING BRIDGETOWN
DECEMBER 11-13, 2003

DAY 1: THURSDAY 11 DECEMBER 2003

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM: REGISTRATION

1:00 PM -1:10 PM: WELCOME & CONFERENCE INFO


1:15 PM - 2:50 PM: PANEL 1

Emergence of Bridgetown/Caribbean Towns
   Chair: Dr. Alana Johnson


ˇ    CUMMINS, Alissandra (BM): Imaging Bridgetown: Visual Iconography of a port city of the Caribbean
ˇ    MORGAN, Philip (Johns Hopkins): Urban Life in the Early British West Indies, ca. 1630-1800.
ˇ    WATSON, Karl (UWI, CH): Reflecting Change: Iconography of Tombstones in a Jewish Cemetery in Bridgetown
ˇ    MURDOCH, Adlai (Illinois-Urbana): Shape and Shadow: French Caribbean Cities in Between
ˇ    MILSON, Vivette (UWI, M): Changing Presentations of Fort-de-France in selected works by Martinican Writers

2:50 PM - 3:20 PM: COFFEE BREAK

3:20 PM - 4:45 PM: PANEL 2


Voices of the Urban People
    Chair: Prof. Mark McWatt


ˇ    CACERAS, Rina (Costa Rica): 'Un dia en Omoa'/A Day in Omoa
ˇ    ROBERTSON, James (UWI, M): "Kingston Jamaica 1748: the humble petition of the innocent distressed sons of Christ (commonly called Negro slaves)"
ˇ    STANLEY NIAAH, Sonjah (UWI, M): Dualism in Altruism: "Squalid Kingston", Social Memorializing and the Irony of Governance
ˇ    VELDHUIZEN, Rinia, (Suriname) 'Gotong Royong': The Spirit and Strength of the Javanese in Paramaribo
ˇ    GIGLIOTTI, Simone (UWI, M): "My Trip to Jamaica": Kingston as refuge and displacement from Nazi Europe

8:00 PM - 11:00 PM: OPENING CEREMONY: BARBADOS MUSEUM


DAY 2: FRIDAY 12 DECEMBER, 2003

8:30 AM - 2:30 PM: REGISTRATION

9:00 AM - 9:35 AM: PLENARY ADDRESS: PROF. HILARY BECKLES (UWI, Cave Hill)
    Chair: Prof. Verene Shepherd

9:40 AM - 11:15 AM: PANEL 3

Urban Slave Society
    Chair: Prof. Alvin Thompson


ˇ    STARK, David, (Michigan) Bringing to Light the Past: The Demographics of Urban Slavery in San Juan, Puerto Rico: 1650-1700
ˇ    BURNARD, Trevor, (Brunel): The Free Population of Kingston, Jamaica: 1722-1788: A Reconstitution
ˇ    STURTZ, Linda (Beloit) Proprietors and Tenants: People of Free Condition, Spanish Town, 1754
ˇ    JACOBS, Curtis, (UWI, CH), The Town of St. George's during Fédon's Rebellion 1795-1796
ˇ    FERGUS, Claudius (UWI, St. A): Marronage and Slavery in Port of Spain during Amelioration (1823-34)

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM: COFFEE BREAK

11:45 AM - 1:20 PM: PANEL 4


Gender and City Life
    Chair: Dr. Eudine Barriteau


ˇ    WELCH, Pedro (UWI, CH): 'Bigging up their Men': Bridgetown's Free Coloured Women
ˇ    SHIRLEY, Beverley, (UWI, M): Gender and Social Legislation in Kingston
ˇ    KERR, Paulette (UWI, M): Wholly and Profane: The 19th century Jamaican lodging house as community centre
ˇ    GREGG, Veronica M (Hunter College, NY): Dirty Kingston: Amy Bailey Cries Foul
ˇ    STAFFORD, Pat (UWI, CH) Preparing for Political Activism: the women of Bridgetown: 1891-1921

1:20 PM - 2:20 PM: LUNCH

2:20 PM - 3:55 PM: PANEL 5


Culture in the City
    Chair: Ms. Jeanette Allsopp


ˇ    SMITH, Frederick (Western Michigan): An intoxicating City: Drinking and Sociability in Bridgetown, Barbados
ˇ    MANN, Douglas (Georgia): Material culture and ethnic groups in Kingston in the latter half of the 18th century
ˇ    BURROWES, Marcia (UWI, CH): Knowing space and place: Popular culture and cultural spheres in Bridgetown.
ˇ    PHILIPS, Tony (UWI, CH): Representations of Black Achievement in a Barbadian newspaper in the late 19th century.
ˇ    VAN DER AA, J (Ghent, Belgium) The impact of Rastafarian arts and culture on the shape of contemporary Kingston (1930-ca.1950s)

3:55 PM - 4:25 PM: COFFEE BREAK

4:25 PM - 5:45 PM: PANEL 6

Health and City Life
    Chair: Prof. Henry Fraser


ˇ    JEMMOTT, Jenny (UWI, M): Healthcare in Kingston: Problems and Perspectives: 1840-1880
ˇ    BARROS de, Juanita (Michigan State): Civilizing Georgetown: Health, Hygiene and Urban "Black Spots"
ˇ    CHALLENGER, Denise (York U): From the Black Sea to the Caribbean Sea: Prostitutes and the Contagious Diseases Act in England and Barbados
ˇ    PEMBERTON, Rita (UWI, St. A): Health and Sanitation in the urban environment: Port of Spain: 1900-1930

DAY 3: SATURDAY 13 DECEMBER, 2003

8:30 AM- 11:00 AM: REGISTRATION

9:00 AM - 9:35 AM: PLENARY ADDRESS: PROF. DAVID TROTMAN (York)
    Chair: Prof. John Mayo

9:40 AM - 11:15 AM: PANEL 7

Philosophising urban spaces
    Chair: Dr. Frederick Ochieng'-Odhiambo


ˇ    WALCOTT, Harclyde, (UWI, CH): A History of the Practice of Photography in Bridgetown, 1840-1940
ˇ    LOVEJOY, Paul E. (York U): Rural and Urban in the context of Caribbean Slavery and Emancipation: Experiences of Two Muslims
ˇ    SHEPHERD, Verene (UWI, M) Urban Voices, Urban Spaces: Inter-Ethnic Conflicts in 19th and 20th C Kingston & St. Andrew
ˇ    DOWNES, Aviston (UWI, CH) Civilising Spaces: Gender, Nature and the Contestation over Leisure Spaces in Colonial Bridgetown
ˇ    GOODRIDGE, Richard (UWI, CH): No home of their own: Middle Class unionism in Bridgetown

11:15PM - 11:35 PM: COFFEE BREAK

11:35 PM - 1:10 PM: PANEL 8

Urban Working Class Popular Movements and Protests
    Chair: Prof. Woodville Marshall


ˇ    CARTER, Henderson (UWI, CH): Workers versus Merchants: The Bridgetown riot of 1872
ˇ    SCOTT, Cleve, (Oxfam) The 21st October 1935 unrest in Kingstown, St. Vincent: a "race riot"?
ˇ    BROWN, David (ETTC): Frederick "Moses" Small: political activism in early 20th century Bridgetown
ˇ    MARSHALL, Trevor (BCC): Monologues in the City: The 1937 Riots in Bridgetown
ˇ    FIGUEROA, Mark (UWI, M): A city confronts its problems: The 1938 economic and industrial conference called by Kingston's Mayor Anderson

1:10 PM - 2:20 PM: LUNCH

2:20PM -3:55 PM: PANEL 9

Education, Philanthropy and City Life
    Chair: Prof. Winston King


ˇ    MAYERS, Janice (UWI, CH): Swimming Against the Tide? Dimensions of Educational Provision in early 20th century Bridgetown
ˇ    NIAAH, Jalani (UWI, M): Can anything good come out of Trench Town? The idea of a university in the Heart of the City
ˇ    INNISS, Tara (UWI, CH): The Urban Aged and Disabled in Barbados and Antigua
ˇ    YEARWOOD-SCOTT, Wynell (UWI, CH) Children in Bridgetown
ˇ    MILLINGTON, Claire (UWI, CH): The "Good" People of this Town: Medical Charity and Philanthropy in19th Century Bridgetown

3:55 PM - 4:10 PM: COFFEE BREAK

4:10 PM - 5:30 PM: PANEL 10

Trans-national Urban Diasporas
    Chair: Prof. Alan Cobley


ˇ    CHARLES, Suzanne M. (UWI. M, CGDS): Colonialism in Reverse: An examination of West Indian migration patterns in the post-emancipation period.
ˇ    BAPTISTE, Fitzroy, (UWI, St. A): Afro-West Indian Labor in the US Emergency Farm and War Industries Programs of World War II 1943-45: the Genesis of Today's Seasonal Labor Program
ˇ    MAGISTER, Karl-Heinz (Berlin): Genealogies of West Indian Migration and Trans-national Urban Diasporas between New York and Kingston
ˇ    MAINS, Susan P., (UWI, M) City Cultures and Caribbean Spaces: Site(ing) Stories

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM: PRINCIPAL'S RECEPTION AND CLOSING CEREMONY (WALK OF FAME, CAVE HILL CAMPUS)

DAY 4: SUNDAY 14 DECEMBER, 2003

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM: TOUR OF BRIDGETOWN (DR KARL WATSON)

DEPARTURE