The Centre for Culture and the Arts at Leeds Beckett University in partnership with Leeds West Indian Carnival will be hosting an international conference on Caribbean Carnival Cultures on 19 – 21 May, 2017.

This conference will coincide with the fiftieth year of the Leeds West Indian Carnival, the oldest Caribbean-style street carnival in Europe, created and led by British Caribbeans. The keynote speakers for the conference will be:

*   Tony Hall, internationally renowned Trinidadian carnival playwright and director of Jouvay Institute and Lordstreet Theatre Company.

*   Professor Milla Riggio, world-leading researcher of Trinidad carnival from Trinity College, Connecticut.

*   Michael la Rose, designer and leader of London’s People’s War Carnival Band and chair of the George Padmore Institute.

The conference is shaping up to be an excellent event with a global scope involving academics, costume designers, musicians, filmmakers and founding members of the Caribbean Carnival in Leeds, UK. Plans also include a Civic Reception and welcome by the Lord Mayor of Leeds and an evening of reggae and soca at the Leeds West Indian Centre.

Second Call for Papers

We are extremely pleased by the volume and quality of the abstracts we received in response to our first call for papers and we still have room for a few more contributions. Contributions may take the form of papers, workshops or exhibitions. We are particularly interested in discussing the exceptional fusion of art, politics, pleasure and play that carnival represents. Abstracts are welcomed from all disciplines but please ensure that your abstract conforms to one or more of the following themes:

*   The relationship between carnival and diasporic identities.

*   The cultural history of Caribbean carnival in the UK.

*   Carnival and the politics of emancipation and practices of resistance.

*   Transcultural relationships between UK and global Caribbean carnivals.

*   Carnival and the body.

*   Carnival as a site for conviviality, pleasure and social cohesion.

*   The commercialisation of carnival.

*   Intergenerational relationships and carnival practices.

We invite submissions of abstracts of no more than 250 words. Academic presentations will be 20 minutes long. Abstracts should be submitted along with a short biography of no more than 150 words to Danielle Hall, Conference Administrator by 1 November 2016.

More information on the conference can be found here:

For any general enquiries please contact Danielle Hall via the email address above.

We look forward to hearing from you and coming together in celebration of international Caribbean carnival cultures.

Best Wishes
Dr Emily Zobel Marshall<> and Professor Max Farrar<>

Dr  Emily Zobel Marshall
Course Leader for English Literature and Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature Room A216, School of Cultural Studies Broadcasting Place Leeds Beckett University Civic Quarter, LS2 9EN
Tel: 0113 812 4964
Web: Media Centre Profile<>