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2016
 
CELEBRATING OUR STUDENTS

We have created a new page that celebrates the various achievements of our past and current students - take a look!

 
CHECKLIST FOR THE SUBMISSION OF POSTGRADUATE THESES

Click here for a comprehensive guide to submitting postgraduate theses.

 
2015

 

LITERATURES IN ENGLISH BOOKLIST (UNDERGRADUATE) Semester II 2015/2016

Click on the link below to view the prescribed texts for LITS courses offered in Semester 2:

Reading List Semester II, 2015/2015

 
GRADUATE RESEARCH SEMINARS (Semester I 2015/2016)

It is with great pleasure that The Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies invites you to attend a series of seminars for its postgraduate Cultural Studies and Literatures in English students. The seminars are scheduled to take place on the following dates:

Friday October 9th, 2015

A detailed schedule for October 9th is attached for your perusal.

Academic staff and postgraduate students are invited to attend and can contact Ms Natasha Richards at EXT. 83035 for further information.

 
WORKSHOP ON POLITICAL ANTHROPOLOGY IN THE CARIBBEAN

 

Dr Maarit Forde, co-ordinator of and lecturer in the Cultural Studies programme in The Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies, is organising a Workshop on Political Anthropoligy in the Caribbean.

 

The event will take place from June 11-12, 2015, and will be held in Lecture Theatre B of the Teaching and Learning Complex on the St Augustine campus of The UWI.

 

For more information, please contact Dr Maarit Forde, Ext 83567, or Ms Natasha Richards, Ext. 83035.

 
 
GRADUATE RESEARCH SEMINARS (Semester II 2014/2015)

It is with great pleasure that The Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies invites you to attend a series of seminars for its postgraduate Cultural Studies and Literatures in English students. The seminars are scheduled to take place on the following dates:

Friday 27th March - 1pm - 3pm (FHE SB 2)

Friday 17th April - 10am - 4pm (FHE SB 2)

 

Friday 8th May - 9am - 3pm (FHE SB 2)

 

Detailed schedules for March 27th, April 17th and May 8th are attached for your perusal.

Academic staff and postgraduate students are invited to attend and can contact Ms Natasha Richards at EXT. 83035 for further information.

 
LITERATURES IN ENGLISH BOOKLIST (UNDERGRADUATE) Semester II 2013/2014

Click on the link below to view the prescribed texts for LITS courses offered in Semester 1:

Reading List Semester 1, 2015/2015

 

 

LATEST ISSUE OF TOUT MOUN: CARIBBEAN JOURNAL OF CULTURAL STUDIES RELEASED

 

The Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication studies has officially released the third issue of Tout Moun (Issue 3 No 1 [November 2014]).

 

The issue's theme is "Cultural Policy and Practice", and was guest edited by the members of the department's Cultural Studies section, Dr Suzanne Burke, Dr Maarit Forde, and Dr Gabrielle Hezekiah.

 

 
2014

 

 

GRADUATE RESEARCH SEMINARS (Semester I 2014/2015)

It is with great pleasure that The Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies invites you to attend a series of seminars for its postgraduate Cultural Studies and Literatures in English students. The seminars are scheduled to take place on the following dates:

Friday 21st November - 9am - 3pm (FHE SB 3)

Friday 5th December - 9am - 11am (FHE SB 3)

 

Detailed schedules for November 21st and December 5th are attached for your perusal.

Academic staff and postgraduate students are invited to attend and can contact Ms Natasha Richards at EXT. 83035 for further information.

 

 

LITERATURES IN ENGLISH READING LIST FOR SEMESTER II 2014/2015

Students may view the reading list for LITS courses offered in Semester II 2014/2015 here.

 

 

NEW MEDIA NIGHT AT UWI

 

The Postgraduate Programme in Cultural Studies is pleased to invite you to New Media Night on Thursday 25 September at 6:30pm at the Film Programme building, 12 Carmody Road. 

 

The event is being hosted in collaboration with the trinidad + tobago film festival (ttff), ARC Magazine and the UWI Film Programme. The New Media programme presents a range of artists' works that push the boundaries between film and art. 

 

This year's selection includes short, experimental work from The Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Martin, Trinidad and Tobago and the USA. 

 

Admission is free.
 
 
FHE LAUNCHES NEWS CHANNEL AND OTHER STUDENT INFORMATION VIDEOS

 

Please see below for The Faculty of Humanities and Education's first News Channel webisode.

 

 

 

Other videos (including this longer version of an interview with new dean of the faculty, Dr. Heather Cateau) can be viewed here.

 

 
LITERATURES IN ENGLISH READING LIST FOR SEMESTER I 2014/2015

Students may view the reading list for LITS courses offered in Semester I 2014/2015 here.

 

GRADUATE RESEARCH SEMINARS (Semester II 2013/2014)

It is with great pleasure that The Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies invites you to attend a series of seminars for its postgraduate Cultural Studies and Literatures in English students. The seminars are scheduled to take place on the following dates:

Friday 14 March - 10am – 2pm  (FHE SB 2)

Friday 11 April - 10am-3pm  (FHE SB 2)

Monday 28 April - 4pm-6pm  (FHE CLL Lecture Room)

Friday 09 May - 10am-4pm  (FHE SB 1)

Friday 16th May - 10am (FHE SB 1)

 

Detailed schedules for 14th March, April 11th, April 28th, May 9th and May 16th are attached for your perusal.

Academic staff and postgraduate students are invited to attend and can contact Ms Latoya Bartholomew at EXT. 83035 for further information.

 

Bocas comes to campus!

 

The NGC Bocas Lit Fest will be coming to campus on Wednesday 23rd, April, 2014 in the AV Room, 3rd Floor, Alma Jordan Library. Come out and hear six of the festival writers!

Bocas on Campus
 

 

CAMPUS LITERATURE WEEK 2014 EVENTS

The following events will take place during this year's Campus Literature Week, scheduled to run from March 24th - 28th:

 

• Lunchtime Readings

Our annual CLW Lunchtime Readings in The Alma Jordan Library's AV Room (3rd Floor) will commence on March 24th at 12:00 PM and run at time until March 27th. A full list of readers and their respective dates will be released soon.

 

• Dialogues

On March 26th, The Departments of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies and Modern Languages and Linguistics will host "Dialogues" - an event that celebrates and launches book length publications by members of both departments. The event takes place from 6-8 PM in the CLL Auditorium.

 

Dialogues

 

• Writer in Residence

Ms. Rachel Manley, our 2014 Writer in Residence, will hold an evening of readings on Thursday 27th, March, 2014 at 5:30 pm. For more information on Ms. Manley, please visit our Writers in Residence page.

Evening of Readings

 

• Docucommentary Film Screening

Our Campus Literature Week events will end with a private screening of Prof Funso Aiyejina's "Earl Lovelace: A Writer in His Place" at 7PM on Friday 28th, March, in the Daaga Auditorium.

Earl Lovelace: A Writer in His Place

 

 

A Facebook page has been created for all current DLCCS postgraduate students.   You are asked to join and partake in this mentoring and learning community.

 

2013
LITERATURES IN ENGLISH BOOKLIST (UNDERGRADUATE) Semester II 2013/2014

Click on the link below to view the prescribed texts for LITS courses offered in Semester 2:

Reading list Sem 2 2013 - 2014

 

GRADUATE RESEARCH SEMINARS (Semester I 2013/2014)

It is with great pleasure that The Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies invites you to attend a series of seminars for its postgraduate Cultural Studies and Literatures in English students. The seminars are scheduled to take place on the following dates:

18th October- 10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (FHE SB3)

1st November- 10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (FHE SB3)

15th November- 10 a.m.- 3 p.m (FHE SB3)

29th November- 10 a.m.- 12 p.m (FHE SB3)

6th December - 9 a.m. (FHE SB3)

Detailed schedules for October 18th; November 1st, 15th and 29th; and December 6th are attached for your perusal.

Academic staff and postgraduate students are invited to attend and can contact Ms Latoya Bartholomew at EXT. 83035 for further information.

 
GUEST LECTURE BY DR. AARON KAMUGISHA

The Cultural Studies section will host Dr. Aaron Kamugisha on November 7th, 2013 for a lecture entitled "Caribbean Thought in the Pursuit of Freedom”.

Dr. Kamugisha is a lecturer in the Department of Cultural Studies at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

The venue for the lecture is Room C1, Faculty of Science and Technology, and takes place from 5-8 pm.  

Click here for the event flyer.

See you there!

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO DR JEAN ANTOINE-DUNNE!

Congratulations to Dr. Jean Antoine-Dunne on the launch of her edited publication Interlocking Basins of a Globe. Essays on Derek Walcott,  which contains specially commissioned essays  as well as substantially revised and extended essays from the 2010 academic  conference celebrating Walcott’s life and work. The book also includes fourteen colour reproductions of Walcott’s drawings for stage and screen. View an interview below:

 

 

HUMAN COMMUNICATION STUDIES CONFERENCE 2013

The Human Communication Studies Postgraduate Programme in the Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies is hosting its inaugural international conference at the UWI St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 September 2013. The Human Communication Studies Conference 2013 theme is Celebrating the Caribbean in Communication, Culture and Community.

This two-day conference seeks to celebrate and present the latest human communication studies research among students and academic staff (faculty) from across the region and beyond the Caribbean. We welcome submissions from students and academic staff on the conference theme in the areas listed in the attached Call for Papers (CFP).

 

Keynote Speaker: Prof Lawrence R. Frey

Conference Programme: Human Communication Studies Conference Programme

Visit the conference website for more information.

 

BODY / INSTITUTION / MEMORY:  CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Deadline: June 15

We are announcing an upcoming collaboration between the Postgraduate Programme in Cultural Studies and Caribbean InTransit. Caribbean InTransit produces an online, peer-reviewed arts journal and is affiliated with George Mason University. Please visit their website for more information.

Event: Caribbean InTransit's first annual symposium - "Body/Institution/Memory"

Date: October 25, 2013

Place: The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Erica Moiah James, Assistant Professor, Yale University (History of Art and African American Studies).

Deadline for submissions: June 15, 2013


The academic panels at this one-day symposium will be organized by Cultural Studies.

“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. The deadline for submission is June 15. Papers presented will also be under consideration for inclusion in Issue 6 of Caribbean InTransit with an anticipated publication date of Spring 2014.

A link to the Call for Proposals on the Caribbean InTransit website can be found here.

A direct link for submission of proposals can be found here.

 

GRADUATE RESEARCH SEMINARS (Semester II 2012/2013)

The Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies will be hosting a series of seminars for its postgraduate Cultural Studies and Literatures in English candidates. The seminars are scheduled to take place on the following dates:

15th March- 9am-5pm (FHE SB2)

5th April- 9am-5pm (FHE SB2)

19th April- 9am-5pm (FHE SB2)

3rd May- 9am-5pm (CLL Auditorium)

Detailed schedules for 15th March, 5th April, 19th April and May 3rd are attached for your perusal.

Academic staff and postgraduate students are invited to attend and can contact Ms Latoya Bartholomew at EXT. 82035 for further information.

 
REMINDER: Campus Literature Week 2013

 

A detailed schedule of readers for this year's Campus Literature Week Lunchtime Readings is now available here.

 

Campus Literature Week 2013 Invitation

 

 

CAMPUS LITERATURE WEEK NEWS  (March)

The Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies is pleased to welcome our 2012/2013 Writer in Residence, Mr. Rabindranath "Robin" Maharaj.

Rabindranath Maharaj

Mr. Maharaj will be our featured guest at this year's Campus Literature Week. For more information on Rabindranath Maharaj, please visit our Writers in Residence page.

Campus Literature Week takes place from 18th - 22nd March, 2013.

 

 

GUEST LECTURES (April)
 
Two lectures by visiting professors from the University of London will take place on April 15th and 16th in the CLL Auditorium. 

The lectures are open to staff, students and the general public, and will be followed by question-and- answer sessions. 

Dr. Anna Hartnell

Dr Anna Hartnell, Lecturer in Contemporary Literature, Birkbeck College, University of London

  • Time and place:  April 15th, 4-5pm, CLL Auditiorium
  • Title of lecture:  New Orleans and the Caribbean: Empire, Revolution, and Isabel Allende's Island Beneath the Sea (2010)
  • Bio:  Dr Anna Hartnell is a lecturer in Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck, University of London. Her research centres on narratives of race and nation in US literature and culture, with special emphasis on African American cultural politics. She is author of Rewriting Exodus: American Futures from Du Bois to Obama (2011) and her current project focuses on cultural representations of post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. 

 

Professor Bart Moore-Gilbert

Professor Bart Moore-Gilbert, Professor of Postcolonial Studies and English, Goldsmiths College, University of London

  • Time and place:  April 16th, 4-5pm, CLL Auditiorium
  • Title of lecture:  New Worlds, New Selves? Some Reflections on Trinidadian Autobiography 
  • Professor Moore-Gilbert will talk about different models of Trinidadian autobiographical selfhood in C.L.R. James's Beyond a Boundary and V.S. Naipaul's Finding the Centre and A Way in the World.
  • Bio:  Professor Bart Moore-Gilbert teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of Kipling and "Orientalism" (1987), Postcolonial Theory: Contexts, Practices, Politics (1997), Hanif Kureishi (2001), Postcolonial Life-Writing: Culture, Politics, and Self-Representation (2009) and Setting Sun: a Father's Secrets, an Empire's Fall (forthcoming, London: Verso, 2014) as well as numerous edited books and articles on contemporary British culture and colonial / postcolonial literature and theory. He is currently writing a monograph on Palestine and Postcolonialism.

 

 

STAFF LUNCHTIME SEMINAR SERIES 

On Friday the 1st of February, from 12 to 1 in FHE SB3, Dr. Gabrielle Hezekiah

will be doing a presentation entitled "Depth and Isolation: Kaoru Katayama's Ba-ji-toh-fuh, cuando el viento del este sopla al oído del caballo". Here is a brief abstract:

Kaoru Katayama is a Japanese artist living in Spain and currently based in Madrid.  Katayama’s work (video, installation, performance) explores, among other issues, the im/possiblity of communication across culture. This seminar will present an introduction to Katayama’s work, as well as my own work in progress on Katayama’s video Ba-ji-toh-fuh/Cuando el viento del este sopla al oído del caballo (Ba-ji-toh-fuh/When the east wind blows into the ear of the horse) (2006). I will be suggesting that this minimalist piece creates an image that both invites and resists incorporation, challenging notions of video as a medium of surface rather than depth. Ba-ji-toh-fuh will be situated as an experiment in perspective and contemporary practice. Katayama won the International Contemporary Art Fair (ARCO Madrid) Young Artist Award in 2006.

The lunchtime seminar series is a scholarly collaboration between the Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies and the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, offering a forum for lecturers to present and discuss aspects of their research with their colleagues. It takes place on the first Friday of every month during term time.  Everyone is invited, and everyone is encouraged to contact Dr. Elizabeth Jackson to sign up for a presentation date. Presenters for March and April are still needed. See you this Friday!

 

 

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GRADUATE SEMINARS SCHEDULE (Semester I, 2012-2013)

The Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies will be hosting a series of seminars for its postgraduate Cultural Studies and Literatures in English candidates. The seminars are scheduled to take place on the following dates:

Click each date for more information

9th November- 9am-4pm (FHE SB3)     

23rd November- 9am-4pm (FHE SB3)

30th November- 9am-10am (FHE SB3)

7th December- 9am-4pm (CLL Auditorium)

 

The remaining schedules will be added two weeks prior to the dates.

Academic staff and postgraduate students are invited to attend and can contact Ms Latoya Bartholomew at EXT. 83021 for further information.

 
Light Falling on Bamboo launch at UWI


Celebrated Caribbean author, Lawrence Scott, visits the UWI St Augustine Campus for the launch of his new book, Light Falling on Bamboo. This event is hosted by the Faculty of Humanities and Education (FHE), and will take place on Wednesday 28th November, from 6-8pm, at the Centre for Language Learning (CLL), The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus.

This book launch is organised by students of the Faculty’s MFA Creative Writing programme. It aims to give would-be readers a peek into the world of the novel, beginning with a conversation among the author, Professor Bridget Brereton and Dr. Geraldine Skeete. Professor Brereton is a Professor Emerita in History, while Dr. Skeete is a Lecturer in Literatures in English, both at the Faculty Humanities and Education, and they will each be bringing the vantage points of their disciplines to the discussion.

Lawrence Scott will follow with a reading from his novel. He will also field questions after his reading.

The event is free and all are invited.

For more information, contact Serah Acham at 662-2002 ext 83806, or via e-mail at serah.acham@sta.uwi.edu

 
GUEST LECTURE BY DR AISHA KHAN

The Cultural Studies Unit will host renowned scholar Dr. Aisha Khan on November 19th, 2012 for a seminar as part of its course, The Dynamics of Caribbean Culture.  

Dr. Khan is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at New York University and the Coordinator of the Undergraduate Studies programme. Dr. Khan has specific interests in the areas of race and ethnicity, social stratification, diaspora, and religion in the Caribbean and Latin American region. She will speak on the topic  ‘Islam, Vodou and the making of the Afro Atlantic'.

The venue for the lecture is the CLL Lecture Room from 5-8 pm.  

For more information on the work of Dr. Khan, please click here.

Light refreshments will be served.


See you there!

 
STAFF LUNCHTIME SEMINAR SERIES

On Friday the 2nd of November, from 12 to 1 in FHE 330,  Dr Vijay Maharaj will be doing a presentation entitled 'A Question of Dignity'. Here is a brief abstract:

The social hierarchy established by the colonial bureaucracy continues to worry creative writers in Trinidad and Tobago. Let’s talk about what it comprises, what its effects are and how it may be overcome.

The lunchtime seminar series is a scholarly collaboration between the Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies and the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, offering a forum for lecturers to present and discuss aspects of their research with their colleagues. It takes place on the first Friday of every month during term time.  Everyone is invited, and everyone is encouraged to contact Dr. Elizabeth Jackson to sign up for a presentation date. Presenters for February, March, and April are still needed. See you this Friday!

 
STAFF LUNCHTIME SEMINAR SERIES
On the 5th of October, Dr Glenroy Taitt will be presenting this year's first seminar, entitled "Memoirs of St. Joseph, Trinidad's first capital, by the Godmother, Mother, Son." You can read his abstract here.
Venue: FHE 330; 12pm - 1pm

Please Note:  Presenters are still needed and will be announced for the following dates:

2 November and 7 December, 2012

1 February, 1 March, 5 April and 3 May 2013

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. GERALDINE SKEETE

The Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies would like to congratulate our very own Dr. Geraldine Skeete on winning a UWI / Guardian Life Premium Teaching Award. Dr. Skeete was honoured, along with four other distinguished colleagues from the St Augustine, UWI campus, this past Friday the 28th of September at a gala event in Daaga Auditorium.

Dr Skeete was also chosen to deliver the response on behalf of the other awardees. For more information on this year's teaching awards, visit the IDU's website.

 
NEW STAFF

The department would like to welcome our new members of staff:

Lecturer: Dr. Suzanne Burke

Tutors: Shannon H. Julien, Vieann Ragoonanan and Justin Zephyrine

Clerical Assistants: La Toya Bartholomew, Onika Mandela

 

FILM SCREENING

The Postgraduate Programme in Cultural Studies, in collaboration with the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, is hosting a New Media screening at the Institute of Critical Thinking on Friday 28 September at 6pm.

There will be several short and engaging experimental films from across the region. The screening is free. There are limited seats so please be sure to arrive early. We hope to see some of you there.

 
MONTHLY STAFF SEMINAR SERIES

On the first Friday of every month, staff members of the Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies and the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics present their research in progress. This is series of regular, informal lunchtime meetings serving as a forum for academic staff to share and discuss aspects of their ongoing research with colleagues. We have heard from Dr Godfrey Steele, Dr Louis Regis, Dr Nicole Roberts and Ryan Durgasingh and Dr Giselle Rampaul,  Rómulo Guédez and Dr Jo-Anne Ferreira   Go to our Monthly Staff Seminar Series page for more details of titles, abstracts (where available), dates and venues.