Conference theme: 2012 marks the anniversaries for several watershed moments in the histories of the Caribbean, particularly for people of African ancestry. August is the 50th anniversary of liberation from British rule in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Additionally, this year Cubans will celebrate the Bicentennial of the Aponte slave and free black rebellion, inspired by Haitian independence and led by Jose Antonio Aponte in 1812. Finally, the Centennial of the Massacre of 1912 in Cuba will also take place this year, an event which devastated the Partido Independiente de Color and resulted in the mass execution of several thousand Black Cubans in Oriente province. These events serve as an entry point for examining evolving bonds between historic and contemporary diasporas, postcolonial states, and globalization.
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