FEBRUARY 19, 2018
TAYLOR EDUCATION BUILDING, AUDITORIUM, ROOM 158, 3:30-7:00
SPONSORED BY THE COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCE, THE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH, MCLLC (Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures), AAAS, JEWISH STUDIES, LACLS, FRENCH DIVISION
(Photos from http://lenablou.blogspot.com/)
Ain’t I a person? : Tout moun sé moun!“ is a mini-symposium that deploys Caribbean/Black studies as a platform to explore how “diasporic” communities in the Americas see others and envision themselves. This symposium considers theories associated with construction of self, personhood, and resistance as ways of conceiving and analyzing the construction of intercultural and diverse communities.
Renowned dancer and choreographer Léna Blou has been invited with her own drummer. Both from Guadeloupe, they are international artists.
This event is part of a collaboration between Duke University, Georgia State University, and the University of Kentucky.
Introduction and welcome : Associate Dean of Inclusion and Internationalization, Dr. Cristina Alcalde
Session 1- 3:30-4:15: Dr. Nadège Veldwachter (Purdue University)
The first panel examines the question of performance and construction of identity, outside of the performing arts, in Haiti and in a transatlantic setting. The first paper will concentrate on the relationship between the Haitian government and Jewish refugees during WWII.
Session 2- 4:30-6:45 : Dr. Jacqueline Couti (University of Kentucky), Gladys M. Francis ( Georgia State University), Choreographer Léna Blou (LBA Dance School & Center of Dance, Guadeloupe)
The second panel focuses on gwo ka and bèlè (dance and music) central to the traditional repertoire of the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique (mini dance workshop offered with drummer ). This session will include one paper and one dance workshop/discussion.