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The Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination (EBCCI) at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, invites the international community of dancers, choreographers and scholars to participate in the second International Dance Conference “Season of Dance” that will take place in our beautiful facilities May 18 – 21, 2016 on the topic: “Caribbean Fusion Dance Works: Rituals of Modern Society”
In 1940, Cuban scholar Fernando Ortiz coined the term “transculturation” to describe the process by which distinct cultures fuse to give birth to new cultural expressions. Scholars have since widely recognized the vital role syncretism has played in the Caribbean, due in no small part to its geographic and historical location at the center of travel and slave trade between Europe, Africa and the Americas. In 1996, Cuban writer Antonío Benítez-Rojo suggested that the defining characteristic of Caribbean culture is supersyncretism, a propensity for recombining elements from disparate cultural traditions in a continual pattern of interruption and repetition. As Caribbean dances and dancers have migrated from the Caribbean Basin, they have continued these patterns of transculturation, syncretism, and hybridization in new fusions of Caribbean dance with practices as varied as ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, bhangra, and belly dance. Within the Caribbean, dance artists and social dance practitioners are integrating techniques and vocabulary from other Caribbean islands, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, facilitated by increased ease of travel, both physical and virtual. Conference participants are invited to examine the theme of fusion in Caribbean dance from a wide range of perspectives, including its socio-historical function. Caribbean dance will be conceptualized broadly to include the greater Caribbean created through migration, globalization, and virtual travel.
Questions addressed by presentations might include:
 Fernando Ortiz, Cuban Counterpoint: Tobacco and Sugar. New York: A. A. Knopf, 1947 .
 Antonio Benítez-Rojo, The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Postmodern Perspective, Second Edition, trans. James E. Maraniss (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1996), 11–12.
Conference sessions will include:
- Individual papers presentation
- Performances (free production included)
Deadline for abstracts and videos: Februrary 15th
Notification of acceptance: March 7th
Submission date for publication of papers: July 15th
For Submission Guidelines Contact: Neri.Torres@cavehill.uwi.edu
Neri Torres, The University of the West Indies, Cavehill, chair
Juliet McMains, PhD, University of Washington, USA
Laura Donelly, Kansas State University, USA
Michelle Glasby-Millington, The University of the West Indies, Cavehill
Carla Springer, The University of the West Indies, Cavehill
Michelle Springer, Barbados National Cultural Foundation
Shama Harding, Barbados Community College
Lisa Sandlos, York University, Canada
Jorge Morejon, PhD, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
Roberto Montero, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain