Caribbean InTransit: The Meeting Place

  The MEETING PLACE, Arts Festival Calendar

See our full program here: The Meeting Place_program FINAL

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 “This is Me”, Arts & Development workshop for youth at St. Francois Girls College and Alice Yard


COCO Dance Festival


Paper Based Bookshop, Normandie Hotel, St. Anns . An Evening of Tea and    Readings: Angelo Bissesarsingh, Jackie  Hinkson, Gerard Besson.


“Common Place Kingdom”, Art Society of Trinidad & Tobago, Federation Park,  Port of Spain.
Opening Thursday October 24th at 6:30 pm


The National Museum of Trinidad & Tobago.

  • FRIDAY  OCTOBER  25TH9:00am-5:00pm: SYMPOSIUM.

“Body, Institution, Memory”,  Centre for Language Learning   Auditorium (CLL),  UWI, St. Augustine.                     
Feature Speaker: Erica James, Yale University


Public viewing Oct 26-27th. “Body, Institution, Memory”, Exhibition by alumni of the Department of Creative Festival Arts,                                      Gordon Street, UWI


“Words and Music”,  Bohemia, Murray Street, Port of Spain. Ruth Osman and friends.


Talking Arts:A Virtual Meeting Place”, Panel discussion at Alice Yard, Murray Street, Woodbrook, Port of  Spain.


Dancing through Diasporas Workshops  and Performance.  UTT. Details to follow soon.

Body/ Institution/ Memory: A Symposium

Friday 25 October 2013

Centre for Language Learning Auditorium,

The University of the West Indies

St. Augustine

Trinidad & Tobago


8:30 am Registration

Please note that each person wishing to attend must register at the link below by October 24th 2013 at 10:00am.




9:00 am Welcome

Gabrielle Hezekiah, PhD

The University of the West Indies


Marielle Barrow

Caribbean InTransit, George Mason University


Keynote Address

Erica M. James, PhD

Yale University


10:30 am Panel 1: Visual Arts and the Body

“WARDROBES: Desire as Memory”

Andil Gosine, PhD

York University


Discussant: Christopher Cozier, MFA

Artist, Writer and Curator


“Embodied Memory: The Sir George Williams Affair”

Charmaine Lurch

York University


Discussant: Marsha Pearce, PhD

The University of the West Indies


12:30 pm Lunch and visit to visual arts exhibition at the Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA)


2:30 pm Panel 2: Literature and the Body


“I Am Japanese Writing: Transnational Body Creation Through Relation in Dany Laferrière’s I Am a Japanese Writer

Brian McLoughlin

Northwestern University


Discussant: Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw, PhD

The University of the West Indies


“Assuming a Body? Embodiment, Opacity, and Resistance in Giannina Braschi’s ‘Close-Up’”

Ronald Mendoza-de Jesús

Emory University


Discussant: Nicole Roberts, PhD

The University of the West Indies


4:00 pm Roundtable Discussion and Closing Remarks





Please visit our Facebook page to post your requests for home stay. Interested team members will be able to respond to you there.



  • The University Inn (Bed and Breakfast)

30 St Augustine Circular Road, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago

Facebook :


Tel: 1 (868) 662- 9635

  • Shalom House Bread & Breakfast


  • The Emerald Apartments and Plaza, 11 Eastern Main Road, St. Augustine
    This is a modern, clean, and comfortable complex of two bedroom, furnished, and self–contained apartments, only five minutes walk from campus. There is a pool. Its main advantage is its proximity to campus, though the area around campus does not have Port of Spain’s visitor amenities. You can view the apartments on their website.
    Tel: (868) 645 9525, 663 8144/8087


  • Pax Guest House 

Mt. St Benedict, Tunapuna

Tel: (868) 662 4084 Ask for Mrs. Ramsawak

Port of Spain

  • Crowne Plaza 
    Tel: (868) 625 3366
    (868) 625-3361
    (868) 625-3362
    (868) 625-3363
    (868) 625-3364
    (868) 625-4531
    Fax: (868) 625 4166

  • The Kapok Hotel, 16–18 Cotton Hill, St. Clair
    This hotel has high standards and excellent value for money. It is situated just off the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain; more information is available on their website.
    Tel: (868) 622 5765
    (868) 622-6441
    (868) 622-6442
    (868) 622-6443
    (868) 622-6444
    Fax:(868) 622 9677
  • Trinidad Hilton Hotel, PO Box 442, Port of Spain
    Situated in the hills around the Queen’s Park Savannah, the Hilton is Port of Spain’s largest hotel. You will be assured of high quality standards here, and of a relaxing atmosphere.
    Tel: (868) 624 3211 Hotel Fax: (868) 624 4485; Guest Fax: (868) 623 9702
  • Hotel Normandie, 10 Nook Avenue, St Ann’s

The Normandie is a smaller, family–run establishment, in a quiet cul-de-sac, again near to the Savannah. Guests here                   will find a relaxed atmosphere, comfortable accommodation, at lower rates than those of the other hotels.
Tel: (868) 624 1181
(868) 624-1182
(868) 624-2738
(868) 624-2734
Fax: (868) 624 0108

  • Ambassador Hotel, 99a Long Circular Road, St James

The Ambassador is situated in the hills above St James, again not far from the Savannah. Visit the hotel website for                     more information.

Tel: (868) 628 9000
(868) 628-7607
(868) 628-4369
Fax: (868) 628 7411



COCO Dance Festival:October 10-13, 2013
The Contemporary Choreographers’ Collective (COCO) is a group of independent choreographers – Dave Williams, Sonja Dumas, Nancy Herrera and Nicole Wesley – which offers performance support for local choreographers working in unconventional ways in Trinidad and Tobago. This year marks our fifth year of providing a platform of innovation, experimentation and excellence in the world of contemporary dance for emerging and established choreographers. We plan to present COCO 2013 from October 10 to 13 at Queen’s Hall and one other venue.

The mission of the Contemporary Choreographers’ Collective is to inspire, encourage and serve the community through creative processes and collaborative endeavours. We are committed to enriching the dance community through multidisciplinary and culturally diverse programs, establishing a contemporary artist network and enlivening the human spirit in Trinidad and Tobago and abroad through performance and choreographic study.

Visit COCO Dance Festival on Facebook.

“Dancing Diaspora Across Borders:” Rosangela Silvestre’s Intensive Silvestre Technique and Orixa Dance Movement Workshop. October 24th- October 27th

Rosangela Silvestre of Brazil will be coming to Trinidad, October 24th- October 27th, to teach an intensive workshop at the UTT dance room. There will also be a culminating performance at the Little Carib Theatre.
Come immerse yourself in the universalizing principles of the Silvestre Technique and feel connected to your fellow dancers, the elements, and the cosmos. Learn about dance of the African diaspora as it is expressed in Bahia, Brazil. This is a workshop not only for dancers, but for spiritual leaders or enthusiasts, and anyone interested in the power of intention, energy, and movement. An opportunity not to be missed!!!

Facebook page: event page:

Administred by: Alysha Higgins, director of AllAhWe Is One Productions-


“Caribbean InTransit: The Meeting Place” is Caribbean InTransit’s first annual festival including a symposium component in conjunction with the Postgraduate Programme in Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies.

Questions of embodiment have surfaced as a focus of attention and interrogation in the arts and humanities over the past several decades. Scholars and artists have explored the possibilities of remembering, refiguring and resituating the body as past, present and future – and the construction of the body within networks and institutions.

In moving image practice and theory, this shows itself as a renewed interest in the materiality of the medium and the embodied perception of the viewer. In installation art, the body of the viewer/artist might be positioned within/outside of the work as part of a larger statement on our relationship to the virtual, physical or institutional environment. In art history and cultural studies the intersection of body, institution and memory might allow for an investigation of the material and immaterial processes that shape and are shaped by the body as imagined, historicized and “enculturated”. Institutions of family, state, violence, history, memory and art itself are called into question.

In Body/Institution/Memory, we are interested in works which reflect on the body in relation to institutions and memory in contemporary art. We would like to initiate a discussion of the ways in which contemporary artists of the Caribbean and its diasporas have addressed these concerns – and the ways in which these might be l inked to similar concerns internationally. While earlier work has situated the body politically within a nexus of colonial and postcolonial relations, gendered relations and raced relations, we would like to extend the conversation to think also of the body as a set of practices that might address the idea of embodiment itself. How does the body interrogate and signify in the context of memory and institution ? How are art and digital technology being used to facilitate this process? How have artists explored the body as a site of changing relations in the past, present and future? How is memory institutionalized within the body? How might we think of contemporary art itself as an institution or a set of practices within this context?

We welcome proposals for papers from established scholars as well as artists and postgraduate students. Submission format: Please submit proposals of 300-450 words and bios of 50 words. Proposals should demonstrate how the presenter intends to address one or more of the selected questions – or make a case for a clearly related set of questions. Bios should include: name; institutional affiliations, if any; areas of work/research; and selected publications/works relevant to contemporary art.

Submission deadline: May 31, 2013

Submit your work via this link:


The Caribbean Intransit platform operates a peer-reviewed online journal that is institutionally affiliated with African and African American Studies at George Mason University, conducts community workshops and initiates curatorial events. On October 25, 2013, as part of its continued experiment in ways of working, Caribbean InTransit will launch its first annual festival, “Caribbean InTransit: The Meeting Place”. We are pleased to launch the symposium component of this event in conjunction with the Postgraduate Programme in Cultural Studies at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine. The theme of the symposium is “Body/Institution/Memory”.

“The Meeting Place”  Arts Festival partners  include: The National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad & Tobago, The Angel Project, The Contemporary Choreographers Collective (COCO) Dance Festival, Arts Insight & Dancing Diaspora Across Borders.

“Body/Institution/Memory” will bring together a number of academics, artists and postgraduate students to explore selected questions that have arisen in contemporary art both within the Caribbean and its diaporas and beyond. We would like to invite proposals for papers to be presented at the symposium. Papers presented will also be under consideration for inclusion in Issue 6 of Caribbean InTransit with an anticipated publication date of Spring 2014.



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