Caribbean In/Securities: Creativity and Negotiation in the Caribbean (CARISCC)



#Exhibition Launch Today and Tomorrow! Negotiating #Caribbean In/Securities through Creativity: A Research and Art Exhibition


‘Negotiating Caribbean In/Securities through Creativity: A Research and Art Exhibition’ is being launched at the British Library Knowledge Centre today and tomorrow (25th-26th June, 2017).

The launch of this online CARISCC exhibition is taking place alongside Caribbean In/Securities and Creativity: Diasporic Dialogues, a two-day conference which speaks to the theme of Caribbean and diasporic dialogues, and the role of creativity in negotiating the in/securities surrounding such dialogues.

The event is a result of a collaboration between the Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies (CCDS) at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Caribbean In/Securities: Creativity and Negotiation in the Caribbean (CARISCC), an international research network funded by the Leverhulme Trust, which seeks to explore the interactions between the precariousness of insecure livelihoods and neighbourhoods, and the negotiation of risk through creativity, in a Caribbean context.

Planned event activities include the exhibition launch, keynote speakers, artist-led discussions, research panels and paper presentations distributed across the two days.

CARISCC are very pleased to be showing a new sculptural work by award-winning artist Sonia Barrett at the exhibition launch and photography by Sireita Mullings. On the evening of 26th June CARISCC will also host a special screening of Shashamane, a film created by Giulia Amati. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion including Giulia Amati (filmmaker and winner of more than twenty awards, including the Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival Jury’s Award), Errol Brown (brother of Ras Mweya Masimba, animation artist featured in the film), Pat Noxolo (University of Birmingham and lead investigator of CARISCC); and Ronald Cummings (Brock University, Canada, and member of the CARISCC network).

For the full CARISCC exhibition schedule, please click here.

For additional information about the film screening event and tickets, please click here.

For the exhibition webpage, please click here.

Image: Wedgee (2017), by Candice Sobers.

FIU Conference—“A Moveable Nation: Cuban Art and Cultural Identity”

Source: FIU Conference—“A Moveable Nation: Cuban Art and Cultural Identity”


During this day showcasing work by artists of African and Afro-Caribbean descent, learn how these artists, now in major collections both nationally and internationally, have made a major contribution to the cultural landscape of Britain.

Please see An Introduction to Black and British Artists poster 10 July 2017.

Digital Blackness Conference – June 30th 2017

The Digital Blackness Conference June 30th 2017 is open for registration. Themes on the day include black content creation, black feminist and queer discourses online, emerging digital literary practices, resistant and activist strategies, and broader questions of digital epistemologies and decolonising.

To register your attendance please visit our Eventbrite page:

We welcome attendees from inside and outside the academic environment. Lunch, tea & coffee will be provided for all attendees on the day. There are limited spaces available so please be considerate – if you are unsure you will be able to attend do not researve a ticket.

Confirmed speakers, along with the day’s schedule of events, can be found on our site:

Call for interventions/workshop participants – Colonial/ Postcolonial/ Decolonial Working Group Annual Workshop 2017

Call for interventions/workshop participants
Travel funding available

Colonial/ Postcolonial/ Decolonial Working Group Annual Workshop 2017:
Researching the Colonial International Across, Between, and Against Disciplines

With Goldie Osuri, Virinder Kalra, Rashmi Varma and Kojo Koram
University of Warwick, 22nd September 2017

International Relations has often borrowed theories and methods from elsewhere to think beyond its own disciplinary limits. Similarly, interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary scholarship has long been central to thinking about the colonial question. Indeed, a key insight of postcolonial scholarship is that disciplines are themselves products of colonial practices. At the same time, in the field of International Relations and beyond, the demands of publishing, researching, teaching and hiring continue to reproduce strict disciplinary boundaries. More positively, disciplines often offer a scholarly home, a shared language and common problems that help orient our work.

This workshop will examine how such tensions affect and direct how we think about the colonial/ postcolonial/ decolonial. Conversely it will also ask how the colonial question reconfigures how we think about our own disciplines. At its core, the event will encourage a range of scholars to engage with the colonial question from outside of – and perhaps against – their own disciplinary (disciplining) homes.

Places and travel funding are limited. Please indicate your interest in attending no later than June 24th to Kerem Nisancioglu –

CPD-BISA workshops are not organized around “paper-giving”, but rather each session is introduced by a couple of five minute opening interventions. Therefore, if you are interested in attending please do also indicate whether you would like to provide one of these five-minute interventions, and if so, on what issue area.

We will calculate participation and funding with a sensitivity to career level (phd, postdoc, faculty etc) and job type (contract, permanent etc). Please do indicate your career and job attributes when you email.

Over the past four years, the CPD-BISA Working Group has become an established community of scholars drawn from within and beyond IR – this interdisciplinarity has enriched the work and activities of the community as a whole. Our annual workshop is our most important event and provides a vital space for early career scholars to connect with more established academics working through the colonial question in their research. As in previous years, this will be an innovative and participatory event with a range of heterodox sessions.

The event is organised by Nivi Manchanda, Lisa Tilley (Warwick Politics and International Studies) and Kerem Nişancıoğlu (SOAS Politics and International Studies).

Call for Papers: 20th International Conference “Political Science from the South”

Source: Call for Papers: 20th International Conference “Political Science from the South”

#Caribbean In/Securities and Creativity: Diasporic Dialogues – Draft Programme Now Available


Please find attached the Caribbean_In_Securities_Draft_Programme. We hope that you will be as excited about it as we are. Please ensure that you register online at the following link:

Please note that the deadline for early bird registration has now been extended to Friday 9 June at 6pm.

The conference website is available at

CFP: Imagine #Kingston – The Regeneration of a City

CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘Imagining Kingston’: A Conference on the Regeneration of a City, November 9-12, 2017.

The restoration of old, historic, depressed or derelict quarters of cities is a common feature of social, economic, aesthetic and environmental development strategies around the world.

Restoration and regeneration are often used as the basis to catalyse and to chart pathways for economic growth and renewal, to pioneer new sectors of social and economic endeavours, and to cultivate pride and civic feeling in a people’s existential journey. The scholarship and expertise in this area are growing globally and providing governments/policy makers, investors/entrepreneurs, citizens and various publics with knowledge, advice, training/agential capacity, building facilities and skills for urban renewal, regeneration and a multiplicity of possibilities, including imagining and realizing new exciting urban spatial creations alongside the iconising of spaces.

We have in Kingston old quarters, a geography of dereliction, social discomfort and crime that rank this city in the top thirty in the world with respect to murder. But this city is a global cultural icon, the birth place of Ska, Rock Steady, Reggae, Dub, Nyabinghi and Dancehall. It became a global centre for sonic/lyrical design and is designated a creative music city by UNESCO. It contains the aesthetic, imaginative and experiential seeds of possibility. This Kingston town is waiting to be the catalyst for a fundamental expansion of tourism in Jamaica. Kingston is beckoning us to imagine tourism differently to reflect the creative and cultural ethos it birthed and changed the sonic/lyrical landscape of the world forever. Imagine Kingston as the cultural capital of the Caribbean, a centre of innovation, creativity, design, arts, culture and attendant services.

It is in this context that the University of the West Indies (UWI) in association with the Jamaica Music Museum is calling on artists, educators and scholars of urban planning and renewal/regeneration studies; urban waterfront development studies; architecture and urban design and landscape studies; cultural studies; urban environmental studies; urban tourism and entertainment; education, culture, the arts and sports; governance and community development, to imagine Kingston and image Kingston in a major conference on the regeneration of Kingston, November 9-12, 2017.

The following themes are guides for you to prepare your abstracts, papers/presentations, videos, photography and other presentations of an artistic nature of no more than 250 words:

  1. Iconising spaces: imagine architecture, parks and gardens, monuments, outdoor visual art, drama, music/dance;
  1.  Maintaining Kingston as a creative city;
  1.  Imagine cruise ships, restaurants, waterfront entertainment development;
  1. Imagine Kingston the logistical hub: creative, cultural and artistic possibilities;
  1. Imagine tours in Kingston and places on its outskirts: Old Spanish Town Square, Pinnacle, Cane River, Yallas, New Castle, etc.;
  1.   Imagine Kingston as galleries and museums and the birth place of Ska, Rock Steady, Reggae, Dub, Nyabinghi and Dancehall;
  1.   Imagine Port Royal;
  1.   Imagine Sports in Kingston;
  1.   Imagine Festivals: festivals of food and music, masquerades and spirituality;
  1.   Imagine Kingston environmentally;
  2.   Remembering Kingston to (re)/imagine Kingston;
  1. Imagine governance and community in Kingston;
  1. Imagine sources and modes of capitalising/financing Kingston’s restoration;
  1. Imagine urban studies and training as well as the marketing of education in the Caribbean and beyond.

Please send your abstract of no more than 250 words along with short bio by August 1, 2017 to:

The deadline for submission of papers to be presented is October 1, 2017.

Conference Organizers

Clinton Hutton
Department of Government
University of the West Indies, Mona Campus

Herbie Miller
The Jamaica Music Museum
Institute of Jamaica

Sonjah Stanley Niaah
Institute of Caribbean Studies
University of the West Indies, Mona Campus

Workshop: The World at the Door – When the Local and Everyday are International

Please see below a call for papers for the workshop “The World at the Door: When the Local and Everyday are International” organised at the London School of Economics in Nov. 2017 and funded by the British International Association Working Group “IR as a Social Science”.

This workshop is not specifically focused on the Caribbean but highly relevant for many core research problems of the region.

Abstracts should be submitted by June 30, 2017, to<>.

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