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Culture and Society in the Caribbean: Week 13

Today we spent most of the class discussing issues around the move towards a more robust conception of ‘Black Studies’, as a response to the transcript I made of Kemuel’s talk at the Black Student Network conference.  The general discussion started with me explaining what I understood to be the speaker’s position and intention and then giving my own perspective that perhaps this is a return to Unity that is found in the naming of an Oppressor-Oppressed or White-Black dichotomy.   Read more

Culture and Society in the Caribbean: Week 12

This week I had prepared for class by having conducted two interviews and finishing the transcription process.  I’d sent these to Comitas the night before and it seems that he only got to glance at them.  Still not happy about talking about my project this week, but I felt that my project was taking form.  It felt kind of ‘cheatsy’ to do as Comitas suggests: to just interweave the words of the two transcripts as a dialogue.

Yet, having started to do this (thinking it will only be a part of the project, I just keep dreaming) I’m realizing how much work it is from my end and that it needs to be done with a great awareness of the complexities.
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