The first Saint Lucia Studies Conference was organised by the Folk Research Centre in March 2004. The theme was “A critical path to St. Lucia’s development.” Visitors attended from Vienna and St. Lucian students at universities abroad presented their findings. The late Manfred Kremser, a long standing friend of the FRC from the University of Vienna, was also here and made a presentation.
The opening ceremony was held at the FRC while other meetings were held at the CDF Conference room. Other Conferences were held in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2014.
The aim of the Saint Lucia Studies Conference is the presentation of research by persons investigating various areas of St. Lucian life and culture. The FRC endeavours to publish the presentations in print and digital format.
The theme for the 2016 Conference is “Discovering St. Lucian life and culture through ongoing research.” The Venue Conference is the Folk Research Centre.
The 2016 Conference will again provide a forum to lecturers and students doing research at St. Lucia’s Tertiary level institutions. Every effort has been made to identify and invite overseas scholars engaged in research into St. Lucian life and culture to attend. The aim is to make this growing Conference an important one to all those interested in investigating the life and culture of St. Lucia in all areas.
The re-established Harold Simmons Memorial Lecture is the keynote lecture of the 2016 Conference. The lecture had first been launched by the Cultural Department of the Julian R. Hunte group of Companies in 1979. The inaugural lecture was delivered by Derek Walcott on 24th January 1979. Other lecturers in later years included St. Lucian Patricia Ismond and Trinidadians Kenneth Ramchand and Merle Hodge.
The 2016 Harold Simmons Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald, Professor Emerita, UWI. It will be presented in association with the Sir Julian Hunte group of Companies.
The programme of presentations at the FRC has been completed and is as follows:
|Wednesday 22nd||Thursday 23rd||Friday 24th|
|8.30 – 9.30||Registration||Registration||Registration|
|9.30 – 10.30||Session 1: Castries and the St. Lucia Renaissance. Dr. Anderson Reynolds||Session 5: A comparative study of inculturation in a Caribbean and Malawian context: The Folk Research Centre, St. Lucia and the Kungoni Centre of Culture and Art in Malawi. Msgr. Dr. Patrick Anthony.||Session 11: Beyond the rhetoric – experiments in cultural expression and the building of Caribbean civilization. Embert Charles.|
|10.30 – 11.00||Break||Break||Break|
|11.00 – 12.00||Session 2: Cricket – The West indian Game of life; what lessons it teaches. Dr. Elphege Brown.||Session 6: Roderick Walcott’s Papa Diable: traditional Christian theology meets the Saint Lucian folk tradition. Kendel Hippolyte.||Session 12: Walcott’s Omeros and the narratives of Saint Lucia. Travis Weekes.|
|12.00 – 1.00||Lunch||Lunch||Lunch|
|1.00 – 2.00||Session 3: Scholars for or of Social Change: the experiences of St. Lucian Women Academics. Dr. Talia Esnard, Dr. Christine Descartes, Dr. Sandra Evans, Dr. Terencia K. Joseph.||Session 7: Fighting for bread – the emergence of the Workers’ Movement: the Saint Lucia Co-operative Workers Union. Ezra JnBaptiste.||Session 13: Belief and meaning in architecture – an exploration of human diversity. Mark Hennecart.|
|2.00 – 3.00||Session 4: Classic St. Lucian storytelling – the oral heritage in Walcott’s ‘Ti Jean and his brothers.’ Kennedy ‘Boots’ Samuel.||Session 8: Learning society vs Totally pedagogised Society – is it six of one, half a dozen of the other or is it chalk and cheese? Dr. Kentry Jn. Pierre.||Session 14:|
|3.00 – 7.00||Break||Break||Break: official close.|
|7.00 – 8.00||Official opening: Key note lecture. Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald, Professor Emerita, UWI.||Session 9: Youth gangs and violence – their contribution to crime in Saint Lucia. Dr. Marcus Day.||**|
|8.00 – 9.00||Official Opening:|
|Session 10: A science from God: legitimacy, morality and the distribution of spirit power. Vladimir Lucien.||**|
The Thursday night (June 23rd) lectures on youth gangs and tjenbwa (obeah) by Dr. Marcus Day and Vladimir Lucien respectively, will be open to the public. Venue: The Folk Research Centre. Persons interested in registering for the Conference are asked to call the FRC at 4522279, or email email@example.com.