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CARISCC’s Kingston ‘Dancehall in/securities’ symposium, and at UWI Mona’s ‘Global Reggae Conference’

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I’ve just got back from two packed and fabulous weeks in Kingston, on behalf of the CARISCC network, co-organised by myself and ‘H’ Patten (Canterbury Christchurch University).  Two highlights: a ‘Dancehall in/securities’ symposium, and a panel at the Global Reggae Conference.

The ‘Dancehall in/securities’ symposium took place on 3rd to 4th February, in kind collaboration with Dr Sonjah Stanley-Niaah, head of the Reggae Studies Unit of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus (UWI Mona).  The two-day event took place in the Old Dramatic Theatre on campus, and was catered deliciously by SCR Coffee Shop, on campus.  I want to thank all the participants for their generous and profound contributions, both as presentations and in a wide-ranging discussion.  A highlight was a lecture demonstration given by Orville Hall of Dance Expressionz, and special thanks go to Maria Smith for facilitating this.  Participants included:

Shelly ‘Xpressionz’ Callum (Dance Expressionz, Jamaica)

Carolyn Cooper (UWI Mona, Jamaica)

Orville Hall (Dance Expressionz, Jamaica)

Donna P. Hope (UWI Mona, Jamaica)

Dennis Howard (Independent Scholar, Jamaica)

MoniKa Lawrence (Independent Scholar, Jamaica)

Pat Noxolo (University of Birmingham, UK)

‘H’ Patten (Canterbury Christchurch University, UK)

Patsy Ricketts (Independent Artist, Jamaica)

Maria Smith (Independent Scholar, Jamaica)

Sonjah Stanley Niaah (UWI Mona, Jamaica)

L’Antoinette Stines (Independent artist, Jamaica)

Tia-Monique Uzor (De Montfort University, Leicester, UK)

Andrew Jackson (Independent artist, UK)

Plans are afoot for more collaboration, not least for an edited book.  Watch this space!

A few days later (9-11 February), ‘H’ and I presented a panel at the Global Reggae Studies Conference.  Here’s a link to a pdf of the paper I gave, which will appear in conference proceedings, noxolo-global-reggae-conference-full-paper.  Email me at p.e.p.noxolo@bham.ac.uk to send any comments or questions: it’s a work in progress. We participated in the whole of the three packed and fascinating days, and it’s left me with a lot to process.  We were privileged to be there for a closing ceremony that focused on the contribution of Professor Carolyn Cooper, as she heads towards an active retirement.

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In between the two events, we saw a number of people and sights.  It was great to catch up with Yonique Campbell, who gave a paper at our first network event in Birmingham, and she introduced me to a number of academics at the Institute for Criminal Justice and Security, who we hope will be involved with our third network event, based at UWI Mona, in January 2018.

We were also privileged to spend an afternoon at Orville Hall’s Dancehall Dream camp, watching his skilled facilitators teaching dancehall moves to enthusiastic participants from around the world, in the beautiful surroundings of Portmore.

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And just when we thought it was over, we went to Jimmy Cliff’s birthplace, and saw the great man presented with a lifelong achievement award from Irie FM!

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Thanks again to all. See you again soon I hope.

Pat Noxolo

New Article on In/ #security by Dr Patricia Noxolo

wordleDr Patricia Noxolo’s new article on in/security is now available at Geography. Titled ‘In/security: global geographies of a troubled everyday’, the paper places security as one of the most important topics of our century. As the abstract suggests,

‘This article explores two issues around security and insecurity that have been of concern to geographers: first, whether there can be any positive change in the Global South, where the poorest countries suffer the highest levels of insecurity; and second, how people manage to walk the line between security and insecurity (in/security) in their everyday lives. Ultimately, the article asks what geographers can contribute to the study of in/security.’

For the full article, please go to http://www.geography.org.uk/Journals/Journals.asp?articleID=1525

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Afro-Mexican Constructions of #Diaspora, Gender, Identity and Nation

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Thank you to Dr Kevon Rhiney for bringing to our attention this new book by Paulette A. Ramsay.

The book is entitled ‘Afro-Mexican Constructions of Diaspora, Gender, Identity and Nation’ and is published by UWI.

“Paulette Ramsay’s study analyses cultural and literary material produced by Afro-Mexicans on the Costa Chica de Guerrero y Oaxaca, Mexico, to undermine and overturn claims of mestizaje or Mexican homogeneity.

The interdisciplinary research draws on several theoretical constructs: cultural studies, linguistic anthropology, masculinity studies, gender studies, feminist criticisms, and broad postcolonial and postmodernist theories, especially as they relate to issues of belonging, diaspora, cultural identity, gender, marginalization, subjectivity and nationhood. The author points to the need to bring to an end all attempts at extending the discourse, whether for political or other reasons, that there are no identifiable Afro-descendants in Mexico. The undeniable existence of distinctively black Mexicans and their contributions to Mexican multiculturalism is patently recorded in these pages.

The analyses also aid the agenda of locating Afro-Mexican literary and cultural production within a broad Caribbean aesthetics, contributing to the expansion of the Caribbean as a broader cultural and historical space which includes Central and Latin America.”

Please see book reviews through this link: http://www.uwipress.com/books/afro-mexican-constructions-diaspora-gender-identity-and-nation

 

#ArtCommission Opportunity!

Caribbean In/securities and Creativity

Deadline for submissions: 16/01/2017  |  Venue: Union 105  |  City: Leeds  |  Region: West Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Created by: East Street Arts .

In collaboration with the CARISCC network, East Street Arts are pleased to be able to offer this commission opportunity to produce work that responds to the research project Caribbean In/securities and Creativity.

For additional information, please go to http://www.curatorspace.com/opportunities/detail/caribbean-insecurities-and-creativity/948

#CARISCC Road Trip – #Jamaica

Archives and Militarized Histories and a Hurricane

Post written by Dr Ronald Cummings, CARISCC.

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I recently participated in a panel on “In/Securities and Caribbean Archives: Militarized Histories and Narratives” at the 35th West Indian Literature conference held in Montego Bay, Jamaica from October 6-8th.  The papers on the panel traced a long history of colonial and neo-colonial in/securities in the Caribbean and included my own work on the politics and representation of Maroon guerilla practices in relation to Plantation surveillance and colonial im/mobilities as well as the work of Dr. Imani Owens (University of Pittsburgh) who examined the literary archives of the US interventions in Haiti and Dr. Laurie R. Lambert (UC, Davis) who examined questions of revisions, unfinished conclusions and trauma in the context of writings of the Grenada revolution.

The West Indian Literature conference this year was organized around the theme of “Archiving Caribbean Literature and Popular Culture” and included a range of sessions and papers which underscored the importance of Caribbean archives and raised questions about the material conditions of archives as well as highlighted ways in which critical returns to archives might serve to challenge established narratives and reveal new lines of inquiry, submerged stories and histories in Caribbean discourse. The conference also included presentations by archivists and librarians which reflected on the need to preserve Caribbean archives as well as extended the very conceptualization of archives through attention to the challenges, limits and possibilities that institutional structures and processes, digitization, ephemerality, temporality, orality, diaspora as well as the very multiplicity of the region offered for archiving the Caribbean. Throughout the conference there was meaningful reflections on archival in/security as challenge and condition in the Caribbean context.

While several of these discussions highlighted the precariousness of archives through attention to the conditions and possibility of their survival, Laurie Lambert’s paper “An Aftermath Without End”: Archival Insecurities in Post-Revolutionary Grenada” explored the question of archival insecurities through attention to the very problem and process of writing the Grenada Revolution. Laurie turned to and extended David Scott’s critical view of Grenada as “an aftermath without end”. In her paper, she examined the literary and narrative implications of this phrase by noting constant returns and revisions across a range of texts produced at different moments in different genres by various writers including Dionne Brand and Merle Collins among others. In her paper, she focused on Derek Walcott’s unpublished essay “Good Old Heart of Darkness” as a text that emblematizes this condition of archival insecurity through its incompleteness, revisions, cross-outs, edits. In particular, Laurie highlighted the fact that the essay has remained unpublished. In reading the text she also significantly engaged with and critiqued its marked tone of ambivalence about the meaning and accomplishments of the Grenada Revolution and reflected on Walcott’s discussions of what the Revolution meant for the writer.

But if the conference facilitated this dynamic space for critical discussions of archival insecurity, the very conditions of the conference itself also foregrounded the question of the Caribbean’s relationship to insecurity. During the weeks leading up to the conference, Hurricane Matthew threatened Jamaica. This called into question the very possibility of hosting the conference. And this time, as with previous hurricanes, the condition of threat prompted the recollection and collective narration of a history of hurricanes, survival and loss. While the hurricane eventually avoided Jamaica, it notably struck Haiti leaving in its wake, a now reported death toll of over 1,000. Imani Owens asked us to bear this context of disaster in mind as part of her examination of American interventions in Haiti in her paper “Reconfiguring Revolution: Literary Legacies of the US Occupation in Haiti”. She underscored how intervention as military occupation and intervention as humanitarian aid were complexly combined in Haitian history. In her exploration of this duality, her discussion moved beyond a conceptualization of In/securities in militaristic terms to meditate on its implications as part of a day-to-day existence of precarity. This idea was further developed through her discussion of the significance of the folk and folk culture in the literary archives of periods of US military presence in Haiti particularly as represented in the writings of Jean Price-Mars whose work on folk culture she discussed in relation of Sylvia Wynter.

In my own paper which kicked-off the panel, I sought to offer a theory of Maroon In/securities by attending to the writing of Namba Roy and to the history of Maroon Wars in Jamaica. This will be further explored in my own contribution to the ongoing series of monthly working papers that are being published here by CARISCC members.

 

 

Call for Papers: 2nd CARISCC Postgraduate Conference on #Caribbean In/securities and Creativity

‘Reading’ Caribbean In/securities for Creativity

8th March, 2017 | University of Leeds, UK

CARISCC Conference Conveners:
Dr Anyaa Anim-Addo, University of Leeds, UK
Dr Patricia Noxolo, University of Birmingham, UK

Funded by The Leverhulme Trust

Many scholars have highlighted the creative practices that Caribbean people routinely deploy in the face of insecurity caused bypainting1 poverty, inequality and violence. Although questions of Caribbean security and insecurity are often addressed as matters of governmental or military concern, this conference seeks to explore re-conceptualisations of security and insecurity (in/security) through creativity. We are interested in creativity in a broad sense, including artistic practices such as literature, film, theatre, dance, music and visual arts, but also the creative ways in which people live their lives (e.g., balance budgets, interpret policy, perform politics).

In examining the links between precariousness and creativity, this CARISCC postgraduate conference aims to bring together new approaches to the study of global security. Therefore, CARISCC welcomes papers which explore how in/security, as experienced and negotiated by ordinary people, informs creative and cultural practices in the Caribbean region.

This one-day interdisciplinary conference welcomes abstracts from postgraduates at various stages of their research, whose works concern any aspect of Caribbean in/securities and creativity. The conference will focus on ‘Reading’ Caribbean In/securities for Creativity, thus building on the first CARISCC postgraduate conference on Caribbean in/securities and creativity, which took place in May, 2016.

The CARISCC network of researchers intend this to be an opportunity for postgraduate research delegates to share and receive feedback on their work in a friendly and informal setting. Panels will be organised once abstracts are received and accepted for the conference.

The following topics, by no means exhaustive, will be taken into consideration:

  • Creativity in negotiating livelihood in/securities;
  • Historical and contemporary in/securities and creativities;
  • In/secure transport(s) and mobilities;
  • In/security in visual and performance arts;
  • Reading and writing in/security;
  • Raced, gendered and sexual identities, in/security and creativity; and
  • Rural and urban in/securities and creativities.

Relevant papers not specifically addressing these themes are also welcome. In addition to paper panels, the conference intends to offer:

  • 10 travel bursaries of up to £100 each to support attendance (applicants must be PhD candidates, and preference will be given to those travelling from abroad);
  • A keynote panel by CARISCC Network Members;
  • A welcome address from Dr Anyaa Anim-Addo (CARISCC Network Member and PGR Conference Convener) and Dr Pat Noxolo (Chair of the Society for Caribbean Studies, and Principal Investigator of CARISCC);
  • Refreshments and lunch.

This conference is free to attend. However, if you are not presenting but intend to attend, please let us know for catering purposes. It has been organised in the spirit of the 2016 postgraduate conference. As Caribbean postgraduates are often dispersed across departments and universities, this event hopes to offer delegates an opportunity to discuss their work and meet with others who share their interests, in order to foster ties that will endure throughout their studies.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Please send abstracts of 200-300 words (in English) to both Dr Anyaa Anim-Addo (a.anim-addo@leeds.ac.uk) and Dr Patricia Noxolo (p.e.p.noxolo@bham.ac.uk), using the subject heading “2nd CARISCC Postgraduate Conference.” Please include your university affiliation details, your preferred email address and a short biography of up to 150 words. It is anticipated that abstract presentations will last 10-15 minutes; conference programme details will be released prior to the conference to confirm presentation requirements and duration.

If you would like to apply for a travel bursary, please attach, with your abstract, a short statement (no more than 300 words) on the relevance of the postgraduate conference theme to your research, the reasons why you need a bursary to attend, as well as your estimated expenses.

We look forward to hearing from you.

With best wishes,

Dr Anyaa Anim-Addo and Dr Patricia Noxolo.

Submission Deadline and Key Dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: Monday, 12th December, 2016.
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: Monday, 16th January, 2017.
  • Abstracts published online: Wednesday, 18th January, 2017.
  • Pre-conference online event: Tuesday, 7th February 2017, 4-5pm.

About CARISCC

Caribbean In/Securities: Creativity and Negotiation in the Caribbean (CARISCC) is an international research network which seeks to foster collaboration between seven leading universities in Caribbean Studies.

The network is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and focuses on the interactions between two everyday arenas that are rarely summoned together: the precariousness of insecure livelihoods and neighbourhoods, and the negotiation of risk in creativity.

For additional information about the project, please visit our website and social media platforms.

W: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/cariscc/index.aspx
W: https://cariscc.wordpress.com/
T: https://twitter.com/_CARISCC
F: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CARISCC/
P: https://uk.pinterest.com/carolinem5304/cariscc/

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Convocatoria de ponencias: 2ª Conferencia CARISCC de postgrado sobre in/seguridad y creatividad en el Caribe

‘Leyendo’ la in/seguridad del Caribe para la creatividad

8 de Marzo de 2017 | Universidad de Leeds, Reino Unido

Convocantes:
Dr Anyaa Anim-Addo, Universidad de Leeds, Reino Unido
Dr Patricia Noxolo, Universidad de Birmingham, Reino Unido

Patrocinado por el Leverhulme Trust

Muchos estudios han destacado las prácticas creativas que la gente del Caribe despliega rutinariamente frente a la inseguridad causada por la pobreza, la desigualdad y la violencia. Aunque las preguntas sobre la seguridad y la inseguridad del Caribe son a menudo tratadas como asuntos de interés gubernamental o militar, esta conferencia busca explorar nuevas estrategias para conceptualizar las nociones de seguridad e inseguridad (in/seguridad) a través de la creatividad. Estamos interesados en la creatividad en un sentido amplio, incluyendo las prácticas artísticas como la literatura, el cine, el teatro, la danza, la música y las artes visuales, pero también las formas creativas en que las personas viven sus vidas (por ejemplo, equilibrar presupuestos, interpretar políticas, realizar política).

Al examinar los vínculos entre la precariedad y la creatividad, esta conferencia de postgrado CARISCC tiene como objetivo reunir nuevos enfoques para el estudio de la seguridad global. Por lo tanto, CARISCC da la bienvenida a artículos que exploran cómo la in/seguridad, cuando se ve experimentada y negociada por la gente común, informa prácticas creativas y culturales en la región del Caribe.

Esta conferencia interdisciplinaria de un día da la bienvenida a resúmenes de estudiantes de postgrado en varias etapas de su investigación, cuyos trabajos se refieren a cualquier aspecto del Caribe en valores y creatividad. La conferencia se centrará en “Leer” Caribe In/seguridad para la creatividad, aprovechando la primera conferencia CARISCC de postgrado sobre el Caribe in/seguridad y creatividad, que tuvo lugar en mayo de 2016.

La red de investigadores de CARISCC pretende que esta sea una oportunidad para que los delegados de investigación de posgrado compartan y reciban feedback sobre su trabajo en un ambiente amistoso e informal. Los paneles se organizarán una vez que los resúmenes sean recibidos y aceptados para la conferencia.

Se tendrán en cuenta los siguientes temas, no exhaustivos:

  • Creatividad en la negociación de medios de vida in/seguros;
  • In/seguridades y creatividades históricas y contemporáneas;
  • Transportes y movilidades in/seguros;
  • In/seguridad en artes visuales y en performance;
  • Leyendo y escribiendo in/seguridad;
  • Identidades raciales, de género y sexuales en relación a in/seguridad y creatividad;
  • In/seguridades y creatividades rurales y urbanas.

También son bienvenidos los documentos relevantes que no abordan específicamente estos temas. Además de los paneles de papel, la conferencia tiene la intención de ofrecer:

  • 10 becas de viaje de hasta £100 cada una para apoyar la asistencia (los solicitantes deben ser candidatos de doctorado, y se dará preferencia a los que viajan desde el extranjero);
  • Un panel principal de los miembros de la Red CARISCC;
  • Un discurso de bienvenida del Dra. Anyaa Anim-Addo (Miembro de la Red CARISCC y Coordinador de la Conferencia de posgrado) y Dra. Pat Noxolo (Presidente de la Sociedad de Estudios del Caribe y Investigadora Principal de CARISCC);
  • Refrescos y almuerzo.

Esta conferencia es gratuita. Sin embargo, si no está presentando pero tiene la intención de asistir, por favor háganoslo saber para que podamos ordenar refrescos y comida de manera apropiada. Se ha organizado en el espíritu de la conferencia de posgrado 2016. Como los postgraduados caribeños a menudo se dispersan a través de departamentos y universidades, este evento espera ofrecer a los delegados la oportunidad de discutir su trabajo y reunirse con otros que comparten sus intereses, a fin de fomentar los lazos que durarán a lo largo de sus estudios.

Directrices para la presentación de resúmenes

Por favor envíe resúmenes de 200-300 palabras (en inglés) a la Dra. Anyaa Anim-Addo (a.anim-addo@leeds.ac.uk) y a la Dra. Patricia Noxolo (pepnoxolo@bham.ac.uk), utilizando el tema “2ª Conferencia de postgrado de CARISCC”. Por favor incluya los detalles de su afiliación universitaria, su dirección de correo electrónico preferida y una breve biografía de hasta 150 palabras. Se prevé que las presentaciones abstractas durarán de 10 a 15 minutos; los detalles del programa de la conferencia se publicarán antes de la conferencia para confirmar los requisitos de presentación y la duración.

Si desea solicitar una beca de viaje, adjunte con su resumen una breve declaración (no más de 300 palabras) sobre la relevancia del tema de la conferencia de postgrado en su investigación, las razones por las que necesita una beca para asistir, así como sus gastos estimados.

Esperamos con interés escuchar de usted.

Dra. Anyaa Anim-Addo y Dra. Patricia Noxolo.

Plazo de presentación y fechas importantes

Fecha límite de envío de resúmenes:        Lunes 12 de diciembre de 2016.
Notificación de aceptación abstracta:     Lunes, 16 de enero de 2017.
Resúmenes publicados online:                   Miércoles, 18 de enero de 2017.
Evento de discusión online, antes de la conferencia:  Martes, 7 de febrero de 2017, de 16 a 17h.

CARISCC

Caribbean In/Securities: Creativity and Negotiation in the Caribbean (CARISCC) es una red internacional de investigación que busca fomentar la colaboración entre siete universidades líderes en Estudios Caribeños. La red es financiada por el Leverhulme Trust y se centra en las interacciones entre dos escenarios cotidianos que rara vez se convocan: la precariedad de los medios de vida y vecindarios inseguros y la negociación del riesgo en la creatividad. Para obtener información adicional sobre el proyecto, visite nuestro sitio web y las plataformas de redes sociales.

W: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/cariscc/index.aspx
W: https://cariscc.wordpress.com/
T: https://twitter.com/_CARISCC
F: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CARISCC/
P: https://uk.pinterest.com/carolinem5304/cariscc/

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‘Lire’ les In/sécurités pour la Créativité

8 mars 2017, Université de Leeds, Royaume Uni

Coordonnatrices de la conférence de CARISCC
Dr Anyaa Anim-Addo, Université de Leeds, UK
Dr Patricia Noxolo, Université de Birmingham, UK

Projet financé par The Leverhulme Trust

Plusieurs études se sont penchées sur les pratiques créatives grâce auxquelles les populations de la Caraïbe font face aux insécurités du quotidien, comme la misère, les inégalités, ou encore la violence observées dans la région. Bien que les questions de sécurité et d’insécurité aux Antilles soient souvent considérées comme  étant du ressort des autorités gouvernementales ou militaires, cette conférence tentera de renouveler la théorisation de la sécurité et l’insécurité (l’in/sécurité) au moyen de la créativité. Elle se proposera d’aborder la créativité au sens large du terme et sous de multiples angles : les pratiques artistiques, telles que la littérature, le cinéma, le théâtre, la danse, la musique et les arts visuels, mais aussi la manière dont les gens vivent de manière créative au quotidien (comment ils gèrent leur budget, interprètent les lois en vigueur ou font de la politique, par exemple).

Cette conférence interdisciplinaire étudiera la candidature de doctorants plus ou moins avancés dans leurs recherches et dont les travaux porteront, d’une manière ou d’une autre, sur les formes d’insécurité et de créativité dans la Caraïbe.  L’objectif de cette conférence sera de ‘lire’ les in/sécurités pour la créativité, et de chercher à développer des pistes de réflexion abordées lors de la première conférence pour doctorants de CARISCC qui avait eu lieu en mai dernier.

Le réseau de chercheurs de CARISCC espère ainsi que la conférence permettra aux participants de recevoir un retour sur leurs travaux et de mener des échanges dans un cadre convivial et informel.  Les différents panels de présentation seront établis après réception et validation des propositions de communication.

La conférence inclura:

  • Une présentation par le Dr Rivke Jaffe, membre du réseau, et un artiste qui participera à l’exposition CARISCC;
  • Un discours de bienvenue par le Dr Anyaa Anim-Addo (membre du réseau CARISCC) et le Dr Pat Noxolo (chercheur principal de CARISCC);
  • Des rafraichissements et le déjeuner.
  • 10 allocations de voyage pouvant aller jusqu’à £100 chacune, afin de faciliter l’accessibilité à la conférence (les doctorants y seront éligibles et priorité sera donnée à ceux qui viennent de l’étranger);

La conférence est gratuite.  Cependant, si vous souhaitez participer à la journée sans présenter de papier, nous vous demandons de bien vouloir nous communiquer votre présence afin de prévoir au mieux la restauration.

Directives de soumission des abstracts

 Veuillez envoyer votre abstract de 200-300 mots (en anglais, s’il-vous-plait) au Dr Anyaa Anim-Addo ainsi qu’au Dr Patricia Noxolo.  Merci de préciser ‘2nd CARISCC Postgraduate Conference’ en objet de votre courriel.  Veuillez indiquer votre affiliation institutionnelle, votre adresse de courriel de préférence et une brève biographie (moins de 150 mots).  Chaque présentation durera entre 10 et 15 minutes; le programme de la journée vous sera communiqué ultérieurement, avant la tenue de la conférence.

Si vous souhaitez faire acte de candidature pour obtenir une allocation de voyage, veuillez nous écrire une brève lettre de motivation (moins de 300 mots) expliquant en quoi votre recherche est pertinente pour la thématique de la conférence et nous fournir une estimation de vos frais de voyage.

Date limite et dates à retenir

Soumission des abstracts:                       Lundi 12 décembre 2016

Notification des abstracts acceptés:     Lundi 16 janvier 2017

Publication des abstracts en ligne:         Mercredi 18 janvier 2017

Evénement en ligne précédant la conférence: Mardi 7 février, 2017 de 16 à 17h (GMT)

Pour plus d’informations sur CARISCC:

W: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/cariscc/index.aspx
W: https://cariscc.wordpress.com/
T: https://twitter.com/_CARISCC
F: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CARISCC/
P: https://uk.pinterest.com/carolinem5304/cariscc/

AAG 2017 Call for Papers

AAG 2017 Call for papers

Caribbean in/securities and creativity: Negotiating between security and insecurity in and through creative practice

Session organisers: Dr Pat Noxolo (University of Birmingham) and Dr Beverley Mullings (Queen’s University). Sponsored by the Development Geography Specialty Group.

The Caribbean region is a crucible for everyday negotiations between security and insecurity (in/security), as well as for a wide range of creative practice.  Whether understood through the frames of vulnerability and resilience (Grove and Adey, 2015); abandonment and endurance (Pratt 2005); or precarity and social reproduction (Mullings 2009) a number of scholars have pointed to the durability of social and creative practices that Caribbean people routinely deploy in the face of what Norman Girvan has describe as the existential threats to the region. While questions of Caribbean security and insecurity are popularly posed as matters of concern to governments or the military, this session will explore how security and insecurity operate in different registers and at different scales. Exploring the connections between precariousness and creativity, this session aims to bring a fresh focus to the study of global security by inviting papers that explore links between security and insecurity as negotiated by ordinary people in the Caribbean through a range of everyday creative and cultural practices that Simone (2004) has described as the social infrastructure that supports life in the region. Examining conversations, music and dance performance, politicised struggles, and written and visual arts (Noxolo and Featherstone 2014), this session welcomes papers that explore how in/security informs Caribbean creative practice.

Contributions are welcomed on a range of themes relevant to Caribbean in/securities and creativity, including but not limited to:

  • Youthscapes;
  • Rural and urban in/securities and creativities;
  • Historical and contemporary in/securities and creativities;
  • In/secure transport(s) and mobilities;
  • Creativity in negotiating livelihood in/securities;
  • In/security in visual and performance arts;
  • Reading and writing in/security;
  • Sports and embodied in/securities; and
  • Raced, gendered and sexual identities, in/security and creativity.

Deadline: 18th October 2016.

References

Girvan, N. (2011). Existential threats: Regionalising governance, democratizing politics. CLR James Memorial Lecture. Oilfield Workers Trade Union. ” http://www.normangirvan.info/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/existential-threats.pdf.

Grove, K. and P. Adey (2015). “Security and the politics of resilience: An aesthetic response.” Politics 35(1): 78-84.

Mullings, B. (2009). “Neoliberalization, social reproduction and the limits to labour in Jamaica.” Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 30 174–188.

Noxolo, P. and Featherstone, D. (2014) Commentary: Co-producing Caribbean geographies of in/security’, in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 39, 4, pp. 603-7

Pratt, G. (2005). “Abandoned Women and Spaces of Exception.” Antipode 1052-1078.

Simone, A. M. (2004). “People as Infrastructure: Intersecting Fragments in Johannesburg.” Public Culture 16(2): 407-429.

Dr Ronald Cummings to Attend Panel at the 35th Annual West Indian Literature Conference

We are pleased to announce that Dr Ronald Cummings will be participating in a panel entitled “In/Securities and Caribbean Archives: Militarized Histories and Narratives,” at the Annual West Indian Literature conference in Montego Bay (6th-8th October, 2016).

The panel will take place on 8th October at 9.15am. For additional information about the conference and its programme, please click here.

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