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The 1950s in the Caribbean

A two-day conference organized by the UCLA Working Group on Caribbean Studies

Sunday, January 31, 2010
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Bunche 6275
Los Angeles, CA 90095

“The 1950s in the Caribbean” aims to foster a dialogue on the importance of the decade of the 1950s in the Caribbean basin, providing an inter-Caribbean and interdisciplinary perspective on the period. We will bring to the UCLA campus a group of specialists who will give presentations from a variety of perspectives addressing culture and society in the Caribbean during the 1950s, enabling participants to draw connections and correspondences between the different cultural traditions, languages, and historical, political, and socio-economic trends that characterized the Caribbean as a region. Scholars from across the campuses and across the disciplines are invited to join the core participants in engaging in an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary dialogue.

Robin Derby (History, UCLA)
Jorge Marturano (Spanish and Portuguese, UCLA)
Please click here for information about each presentation.

Sunday 31, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 
Popular Culture and Media in the Caribbean
Panel organizer and chair, Raúl Fernández

  • Shannon Dudley (University of Washington)
    “Steelband, Calypso, and the Construction of National Culture in 1950s Trinidad”
  • Alejandra Bronfman (University of British Columbia)
    “Batista is Dead: Radio and Revolution in 1950s Cuba”
  • Ariana Hernández-Reguant (UC – San Diego)
    “Guerrilla Advertising and the Political Underground. Havana 1958”
  • Raúl Fernández (UC – Irvine) and Elizabeth DeLoughrey (UCLA)

 11:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m
General discussion, Lunch and Conclusions



Cost : Free and Open to the Public


Download file: 1950scaribbean.pdf

Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, The Mellon Seminar on Caribbean Cultural History, LAI Working Group on Caribbean Studies

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