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UWI Conference makes it ‘Glocal’

For Release Upon Receipt - March 14, 2011

St. Augustine


The past and the future, Caribbean-ness and internationality will all merge in one place at The University of the West Indies (UWI) conference, New Geographies: Studies in Postcoloniality and Globalization, to be held from Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th March, 2011.

Hosted by The UWI Department of Liberal Arts in collaboration with the Institute of Gender and Development Studies (IGDS), this international conference epitomizes the trendy term ‘Glocal’ as its content centres on thinking globally and acting locally. A range of presentations on socio-political and cultural themes exploring Caribbean issues in the context of a contemporary world order will be discussed during the three-day conference, at the Daaga Auditorium on the St Augustine Campus.

In addition to the presentations, discussions, film screenings and networking opportunities, attendees will hear a keynote address by Professor Arjun Appadurai, Senior Advisor for Global Initiatives at The New School, New York City. They will also hear from acclaimed authors: Gisèle Pineau who wrote ‘L'Exil Selon Julia’ in 1996 (Exile according to Julia) and Shani Mootoo, who earned the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 1997 with ‘Cereus Blooms at Night’. There will also be a special film screening and FAQ session by Guy Deslauriers, director of ‘The Middle Passage,’ a 2000 production that was later picked up by HBO.

To find out more, click here or please contact Ms. Alana de Gois, Conference Coordinator, at 662-2002 ext 3039, or via e-mail at, or Dr. Tia Cooper, Conference Co-chair, at 662-2002 ext 3867.

View the conference programme.  

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About UWI

Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.