Month: December 2015

my mom’s eulogy

This has become related to a body of work I have been researching/ developing as I try to trace my family history from Canada to the Caribbean to South Asia.  During exam week in 2015, my mother’s passing stimulated a shift in the focus of my research/ artistic practice on my family origins. With newly acquired family documents and their maintenance (a responsibility my siblings do not seem to want), and the historical significance they seem to have, have stimulated interest in a range of directions to explore.     CECILIA RAMLOCHAN / 03.03.1940 – 12.13.2015 Thank you friends, family and colleagues of Cecilia Ramlochan for making it here today to celebrate her life. For those of you who do not know me, my name is Janine and I am her daughter… the youngest of her three children. When I was little, my mom was an Avon lady… something she did part time. It started when she took time-off from teaching to raise me and my brothers. She’d sometimes take me with her… brochures in hand… cases of …

a socio-determinist critique…

“A SOCIO-DETERMINIST CRITIQUE OF MEDIA IMPERIALISM AS AN AMPLIFIER OF HOW GLOBAL ENGLISH IS FELT AS A BOUNDARY” We have really turned English into an international language, but not based on anything more than political power. We didn’t look at the nuances of the language, we didn’t look at how useful the language could be in translating ideas. You could also say it, not only, came from political power, but also technological power, which is, of course, linked to politics. And is English the most effective way to translate those ideas? Who knows. ~ Julia Walters (Ramlochan, Studio Interview)   This essay builds on ideas explored in my podcast “Boundarylines.”  The podcast presents a survey of boundaries — how it feels to be on the inside or outside of a boundary; what makes a boundary concrete, etc. The podcast narrows to an interview with Julia Walters (JW), an MA student in the Immigrant & Settlement Studies program at Ryerson, where she discusses her interest in linguistics and how the global dominance of English is felt …

family folklore

This report follows an existing research project I have been developing. The South Asian tradition of family folklore (reminiscences, family sagas, myths about the family’s connection to supernatural or divine beings), carry the aura of a place with them, illustrating how people draw on the imaginative to sustain themselves. This report supports research for the development of an ethnographic documentary about Indo-Trinidadian oral histories, derived from the descendants of canefield labourers. The emphasis is on oral histories/ family folklore contrasted against sugarcane farming as a dwindling agricultural practice in the country, amidst the recent rise of the oil and natural gas industries. download report APPENDIX SCRIPTED SCENES FROM INITIAL RESEARCH TRIP TO TRINIDAD (2014)