caribbean projects
in the College of Humanities,
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico 00931



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Research and Documentation of Performance and Literature

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Investigación y Documentación de Performance y Literatura


College of Humanities, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras
PO Box 23356, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931-3356
Phone (787)764-0000 exts. 7569, 3797, 3800 (FAX)
e-mail: lowell@coqui.net or lfiet@upracd.upr.clu.edu

Rockefeller Foundation-supported research in the Humanities






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28-30 de marzo de 1999

cuarto simposio anual de Caribe 2000


¿(con)Fusión cultural?:
Performance y performeros transcaribeños
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Cultural (con)Fusion?:
TransCaribbean Performance and Performers

Caribbean 2000's fourth annual symposium

March 28-30, 1999


(in conjunction with
the 18th Annual Conference on West Indian Literature
"Caribbean Diaspora(s)"
March 28-31, 1999)

College of Humanities, University of Puerto Rico
PO Box 23356, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931-3356
Phone (787)764-0000 exts. 7569, 3797, 3800 (FAX)
e-mail: lowell@coqui.net or lfiet@upracd.upr.clu.edu


publications of Caribbean 2000:

SARGASSO

a journal of Caribbean literature, performance, and culture


An independent journal edited at the University of Puerto Rico, SARGASSO publishes critical essays, interviews, book reviews, and some poems and short stories. SARGASSO particularly welcomes material written by the people of the Caribbean and/or about the Caribbean. Future issues will increasingly reflect the editors' interests in Caribbean theater, film, performance, and poetry and cultural analysis.

Sargasso strives to make current studies in art, literature, and culture accessible to non-specialists. The prose should be clear, lively, and understandable to those not among the initiate. Essays and critical studies should conform to the style of the MLA Handbook. Short stories should be no more than 2,500 words in length, and poems should be kept to no more than twenty to thirty lines. All correspondence must include S.A.S.E.


Mailing Address:

Sargasso
P.O. Box 22831
University of Puerto Rico Station
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931-2831

Editorial Committee:

Lowell Fiet and
María Cristina Rodríguez, editors
Salinda Lewis, editorial assistant
Reinhard Sander, book reviews
Peter Roberts
María Soledad Rodríguez


Caribbean 2000 Books

Lowell Fiet y Janette Becerra, editores.

Primer Simposio de Caribe 2000:
re-Definiciones:
Espacio --global/nacional/cultural/personal-- caribeño.
1997; 165 páginas; trabajos en inglés y español por

Antonio Benítez Rojo
Angel Quintero
Lowell Fiet
Ramón Grosfoguel
Jaqueline Jiménez Polanco
Peter Roberts
Mayra Santos Febres
y más

Segundo Simposio de Caribe 2000:
Hablar, Nombrar, Pertenecer:
el juego entre el Idioma y la identidad . . .
1998; 196 páginas; trabajos en inglés y español por

Javier Cardona (creación)
Teresa Hernández
(creación)
Michael Aceto
Mervyn Alleyne
María Elena Alonso
Brenda F. Berrian
Catherine Den Tandt
Ian Hancock
Vivian Martínez Tabares
Carlos Pabón
Iris Yolanda Reyes
Peter Roberts
Ellem Schnepel

Tercer Simposio de Caribe 2000:
Un convite de poetas y teatreros:
voz y performance en la(s) cultura(s) caribeña(s).
Disponible en marzo de 1999.

Recent projects:


Without music no words,
without movement no meaning

o
. . . qué no me quiten lo bailao'

Rockefeller Residency Research Fellowships in the Humanities
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, 1997-98






Performance and Text in Caribbean Literature and Art

National Endowment for the Humanities
1997 Summer Institute for College and University Faculty













Performance and Text in Caribbean Literature and Art


National Endowment for the Humanities

1997 Summer Institute for College and University Faculty


June 9 to July 21, 1997

College of Humanities
University of Puerto Rico
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico


The NEH 1997 Summer Institute for College and University Faculty Performance and Text in Caribbean Literature and Art on the main (Río Piedras) campus of the University of Puerto Rico offers 25 two- and four-year college and university faculty the opportunity to explore the interrelation of what anthropologists and students of popular culture identify as "texts" and "performances" and the usually more privileged forms of literary and artistic creation in the context of the Caribbean itself. The Institute emphasizes the intense discussion of shared intellectual, cultural, and artistic experiences. The collaborative design of the activities and projects reflects the principal purposes of broadening educational perspectives and enriching college and university teaching.

The advantages for such study in Puerto Rico include not only a dense cultural matrix from which to draw examples, but also the fact that the University of Puerto Rico provides a resident faculty of Caribbeanists who, working in conjunction with the participants and the culturally and linguistically diverse group of invited Institute scholars, lend additional depth and continuity for participants.

Caribbean culture has been inscribed in the European discourse of difference and otherness from 1492 onwards --what is, perhaps, best recorded in Shakespeare's The Tempest as the difference between the world of "nature" Caliban inherits and the "culture" Prospero imposes on it. The principal issues to be explored during the 1997 Summer Institute focus on the reexamination of the supposed polarities of popular/ formal, oral/scribal, anthropological/artistic, Creole/standard, and nature/culture. The results of this shared exploration should suggest their non-hierarchical reconfiguration as a cultural continuum not unlike the idea of a linguistic continuum proposed to describe variations of language use in many Caribbean societies.

The academic process negotiates a movement between the general or theoretical (especially post-colonial and post-modern theory), the local or specific (popular culture, music, folk customs, and festival arts as well as formal and/or scribal expression), and (by way of literary forms and themes which reflect shared issues of gender, race, nation, and empire) the regional or transcultural. The six weekly sessions immerse 25 participants from diverse fields such as English, Spanish, and French literatures and languages, general Humanities, art, theater, and performance studies, anthropology, and other cultural fields in the study and environment of Caribbean texts and performances. Travel, housing and food costs are subsidized, and participants receive a stipend.
Director:
Lowell Fiet, University of Puerto Rico
UPR Faculty:
Rosa Luisa Márquez, University of Puerto Rico
Nalini Natarajan, University of Puerto Rico
María Cristina Rodríguez, University of Puerto Rico
Mayra Santos, University of Puerto Rico
Reinhard Sander, University of Puerto Rico

Visiting Faculty:

Efraín Barradas, University of Massachusetts-Boston
Antonio Benítez Rojo, Amherst College
Judith Bettelheim, San Francisco State University
Herbert Blau, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Mervyn Morris, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica
Peter A. Roberts, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados
Olive Senior, Writer and Adjunct Professor, St. Lawrence University
Marie-Denise Shelton, Claremont McKenna College


Information:

Lowell Fiet
Box 22831
University of Puerto Rico Station
San Juan, PR 00931-2831
Phone: (787) 764-0000 (exts. 7569, 3797)
FAX: (787) 764-0000 (ext. 3800)
Email: lfiet@upracd.upr.clu.edu or lowell@coqui.net














Without music no words, without movement no meaning
o
. . . qué no me quiten lo bailao'

Caribbean 2000: Regional and/or National
Definitions, Identities and Cultures


1997-98 Rockefeller Research Fellowships in the Humanities

College of Humanities
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras


In 1997-98, the third and final year of the Caribbean 2000 project explores literary, artistic, and popular culture representations that reflect the interaction between increased multiculturalism and the only partially realized desire for national identity inside Caribbean societies. By focusing on the role played by creative expression, the issues of geopolitical definition and historical identity that predominated in the project's first two years merge with critical and esthetic concerns that begin to map out the uniquely syncretic and emblematic nature of Caribbean culture.

Caribbean 2000 intends to stimulate debate on issues of race, gender, nation and empire as viewed in island and metropolitan Caribbean populations and cultures. It envisions the integration of visiting scholars and artists with the ongoing re-examination of cultural practices in the context of the tension created by changing regional and national definitions and identities in the contemporary Caribbean. Puerto Rico's historical insertion in this process is the project's point of departure.

Senior and junior scholars and artists currently involved in Caribbean-related projects are eligible. Fellows will have access to specialized research collections of the University of Puerto Rico and performance and workshop facilities. They will also be asked to share their work at periodical seminar sessions and at university-sponsored conferences. Publication of written materials by university-supported journals or by the University of Puerto Rico Press will be encouraged.

Application deadline: February 15, 1997.
Contact: Professor Lowell Fiet
Director, Caribbean 2000 Program
College of Humanities
P.O. Box 23356, UPR Station
San Juan, PR 00931-3356
(787) 764-0000 exts. 7569, 3800 or 2553, fax (787) 763-5899.
Email: lowell@coqui.net or lfiet@upracd.upr.clu.edu