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



Creative Approaches to Researching In/Securities – Perspectives from Barbados, Jamaica and Suriname

As a prelude to developing a new research proposal for 2019, and beyond, CARISCC’s principal investigator (Dr Patricia Noxolo) convened and hosted a planning and consultation event at the University of Birmingham, 12-13th September 2018. The two-day programme included presentations of research papers and portfolios of creative practice that catalysed important and wide-ranging discussions about the complex relations between in/security and creative agency in people’s everyday lives.

‘Kibii Wi Sani I’ (2014) – an installation by Surinamese visual artist Marcel Pinas. Copyright: Marcel Pinas –

An overview of the presentations given by three guest contributors from the Caribbean region are summarised below.

(1) ‘Who are you? : Finding identity in Post-independent Barbados’ – presented by museologist Kevin Farmer, Deputy Director, Barbados Museum & Historical Society.

In this presentation Kevin Farmer discussed the founding of Barbados Museum and Historical Society in 1933, the development of the institution’s extensive artefact collections and a review of its nationally and internationally significant archival holdings dating back to the 1600s. He also discussed the museum’s changing role as a post-independent space for presenting and discussing difficult histories, as well as how heritage professionals within Barbados and the other islands and nations of the wider Caribbean region are responding to the inter-linked geo-political, socio-economic and environmental challenges of the 21st century. Kevin commented on how issues concerning people’s changing personal and collective sense of identity have been key discourses before and since colonisation, and that many museums in the region (including those like BMHS established during the colonial era, as well as post-independent institutions, such as the People’s Museum of Craft and Technology, Spanish Town, Jamaica, established in the early 1960s) are now emerging as important heritage spaces where such narratives can be presented and explored in all their pluralities, and viewed through what was referred to as “the lens of structures created for colonial and post-colonial representation of self.”

The presentation concluded with details about international partnerships and projects already established with universities, other educational institutions and heritage organisations in the region, and beyond. BMHS archival holdings pertaining to histories of enslavement and emancipation in Barbados – as detailed online in the UNESCO Memory of the World listings concerning the ‘Documentary Heritage of Enslaved People of the Caribbean’ – were highlighted as particularly significant research resources for future collaborative work between BMHS and CARISCC network members.

For further information about Barbados Museum and Historical Society, please see the website:

(2) ‘Kibri A Kulturu: Arts and Culture for Development’ – presented by Surinamese contemporary visual artist Marcel Pinas (via Skype from the Netherlands)

Internationally renowned visual artist Marcel Pinas joined the consultation session via Skype from Amsterdam, and gave an illustrated talk about his portfolio of watercolour paintings, collages, sculptures and mixed-media installations. Examples of his artwork were presented alongside information about the Maroon history and heritage of the Ndjuka community in eastern Suriname from which he hails, as well as updates about a number of important educational projects, cultural festivals, sustainably funded arts and crafts initiatives and other community development programmes he has helped to establish in the Marowijne district over the past few decades.

‘Afaka Buku 6’ (2014) by Marcel Pinas. Acrylic oil collage on canvas. Dimensions: 135 x 195 cm. Copyright: Marcel Pinas –

The artist’s early career began at the Nola Hatterman Art Institute in Paramaribo, followed by studies at Anton de Kom University, Paramaribo, and a three-year scholarship at Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica (1997-1999). Marcel’s residency in Jamaica was described as pivotal to the development of what has now become his signature technique of creating paintings and sculptures inscribed with Afaka symbols – a West African inspired syllabary of 56 characters, named after its Surinamese inventor Afaka Atumisi that was researched and developed in c.1910 to formally document the Ndjuka language.

Since the mid-1990s Marcel has taught fine art at Nola Hatterman Art Academy, and has also presented a number of high-profile solo and group exhibitions at galleries and biennales in Guiana, Cuba, France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.  Successful fundraising initiatives achieved through partnerships with charitable institutions and revenue from the sale of his own artwork enabled Marcel to set up the Kibii Wi Foundation and TAS – Tembe Art Studio in Moengo in 2010 to provide training and support for emerging local artists from this area. His entrepreneurship and strong commitment to arts education also encouraged him to develop a series of cultural festivals promoting the music, dance and visual arts of Moengo to national and international audiences.

Moengo Festival of Theatre and Dance, Suriname. Image courtesy of the artist, Marcel Pinas –

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Moving Jamaica: Scottish-Caribbean Connections and Local-Global Journeys

A new photography exhibition – ‘Moving Jamaica: Scottish-Caribbean Connections and Local-Global Journeys’ – will be displayed at the Lamb Gallery in Dundee, from 19 October 2018 to mid-January 2019.

Curated by CARISCC network member Dr Susan Mains (School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee) the exhibition features a range of unique historical and contemporary photographs that provide insights into the past, present and future cultural landscapes of Jamaica and their Scottish connections.

Developed as a collaborative project between the University of Dundee and the University of St Andrews Library Special Collections the presentation includes 19th-century images by Dundee photographers Valentine & Sons displayed alongside recent work by internationally acclaimed contemporary photographers Varun Baker (Jamaica) and Stephen McLaren (Scotland).

Copyright: Varun Baker Photography (

While photographic images have historically played an important role in promoting tourist destinations, the exhibition highlights that they run in parallel to more complex, dynamic and revealing stories.

Venue address: Lamb Gallery, Tower Building, Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4HN

For further information, please visit the University of Dundee website at the following link:

A Review of CARISCC 4th International Conference on Caribbean In/Securities and Creativity – University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 13 June 2018

The CARISCC Research Network’s 4th International Postgraduate Conference on Caribbean In/Securities and Creativity took place in the Netherlands at the University of Amsterdam on Wednesday 13th June 2018.

Opening keynote lecture: “Policing the Crisis? Stories of Intimacy and Power in Early Twentieth-Century Jamaica” – presented by Faith Smith, Associate Professor of African and Afro-American Studies and English and American Literature, Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA

Convened by CARISCC’s Principal Investigator, Patricia Noxolo (Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Birmingham), and hosted by Rivke Jaffe (Professor of Cities, Politics and Culture, University of Amsterdam) the event featured keynote presentations by two distinguished guest speakers – Professor Faith Smith (Brandeis University, Boston, MA) and Dr Lucy Evans (University of Leicester, UK) – followed by two thematic panel sessions addressing ‘Moving in/securities’ and ‘Gendered in/securities.’

An image of Jamaican poet Claude McKay (1889-1948) which featured in Professor Faith Smith’s keynote lecture, presented during CARISCC’s 4th Postgraduate Conference on Caribbean In/Securities and Creativity, University of Amsterdam, 13 June 2018.

Professor Faith Smith’s opening presentation “Policing the Crisis? Stories of Intimacy and Power in Early Twentieth Century Jamaica” centred around two texts, each one written by men who were residents on the island in the years following the earthquake of 1907. These texts were: the colonialist autobiography of white Jamaican policeman Herbert Thomas; and the poem “A Midnight Woman to the Bobby” (1912), written by internationally renowned black Jamaican poet and novelist Claude McKay (1889-1948). Both texts were used to convey aspects of Jamaica’s complex colonial history and articulate how the political and cultural dynamics of Kingston – including levels of access to social justice under the law – were heavily influenced by intersected issues of race, gender, class, colourism, perceived levels of respectability and social standing at the turn of the 20th century.

CARISCC Network Member Dr Ronald Cummings (Assistant Professor, Department of English Language & Literature, Brock University, Canada) discussing “tracing” as a rhetorical device used within Caribbean narrative fiction as part of the Q&A following Faith Smith’s keynote presentation.

The literary analysis and archival research undertaken by Faith Smith to contextualise the social interactions of key characters discussed in these texts (both real and imagined) became the foundation for introducing what she termed “the catastrophe of social mobility.” In particular, her foregrounding of what could be uncovered and interpreted about black women’s levels of personal agency and their capacities for social mobility during this period – including her deconstruction of women’s interactions (and intimate relations) with members of the constabulary – was an important element of this interesting and nuanced presentation. Professor Smith’s keynote lecture generated a number of questions and comments during the Q&A session concerning black female corporeality, and also women’s use of rhetorical devices such as “tracing” (i.e. the “verbal dressing down” of someone in public) when negotiating and contesting the unequal positions of power between individuals as well as the broader structural inequalities operating at the level of the nation-state.

Dr Lucy Evans (Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature, University of Leicester) giving a keynote presentation at the CARISCC conference in Amsterdam, titled: “The political thriller, state crime and Harischandra Khemraj’s Cosmic Dance.”

Dr Lucy Evans presented a keynote on “The Political Thriller, State Crime and Harischandra Khemraj’s Cosmic Dance. The paper focused on what this fictional narrative (written in 1994, and set in the imagined state of Aritya) revealed about the social, economic and political history of Guyana during the regime of Forbes Burnham. Lucy’s presentation raised a number of layered issues about power relations – presented through the characters and operational activities surrounding a fictional food processing company (Binday Coconut Enterprises). These hierarchically gendered and raced  relations served as a metaphor through which Khemraj articulated his views about the real-life corporate “organisational deviance” and environmental state crime in Guyana throughout the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Continue reading “A Review of CARISCC 4th International Conference on Caribbean In/Securities and Creativity – University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 13 June 2018”

Shashamane Film Screening and Panel Discussion at Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), Birmingham, 10 May 2018

The CARISCC Research Network will be hosting a film screening of the documentary Shashamane, directed by Giulia Amati, at Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH, United Kingdom, on Thursday 10th May 2018, 6.30-9.30pm.

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Poster for the documentary film “Shashamane,” directed by Giulia Amati.

Filmed on location in Birmingham, London, Kingston and Shashamane, this documentary records the unique experience of Caribbean, American, French and British Rastafari who settled in Shashamane in Ethiopia. The film explores the histories and legacies of colonial enslavement, and also offers outstanding testimonies of the joys and the challenges of returning to Africa, expressed by those who have made this important journey.

The screening will commence at 7pm, introduced by Patricia Noxolo (University of Birmingham), the lead researcher for CARISCC.

The event will also include a panel discussion with the following distinguished guests:

  • Giulia Amati – Film-maker and director of Shashamane
  • Sonia E. Barrett – Contemporary visual artist (
  • Shango Baku – Actor, educator and founder of CETTIE (Cultural Exchange through Theatre-in-Education)
  • Derek Bishton – Journalist, photographer, curator and cultural commentator
  • Mama D. – Lifestyle, health and well-being adviser and community campaigner.

Drinks and light refreshments will be served from 6.30pm.

To reserve a place at this FREE film screening, please call the Midlands Arts Centre box office: 0121 446 3232 (opening times: 9am-9pm).

This event is part of CARISCC’s touring presentation, Negotiating Caribbean In/Securities through Creativity: A Research Project and Art Exhibition – funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The exhibition will be displayed at Midlands Arts Centre, from Tuesday 8th May – Sunday 1st July 2018.

Further details are available via the Midlands Arts Centre website at:

Negotiating Caribbean In/Securities through Creativity: An Exhibition at MAC Birmingham, 4 May – 1 July 2018

The fifth staging of CARISCC’s touring presentation “Negotiating Caribbean In/Securities through Creativity: A Research Project and Art Exhibition” will be displayed at Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH, UK, from Friday 4 May to Sunday 1 July 2018.

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Untitled collage by Gina A. Smith, featuring original photographs taken in Jamaica. Reproduced courtesy of the artist. Copyright: Gina A. Smith.

This FREE exhibition is part of a broader Leverhulme Trust-funded initiative – titled, Caribbean In/Securities: Creativity and Negotiation in the Caribbean (CARISCC) –specifically curated to showcase details about the important research themes currently being examined by CARISCC’s international interdisciplinary network of scholars.

The network’s members are based at seven leading institutions for Caribbean Studies (the universities of Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow and Dundee in the UK; The University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands; Brock University in Canada; and Rutgers University in the USA), and all work in close collaboration with academics from the University of the West Indies at its campuses in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago. Through CARISCC, the network’s members look at how Caribbean people deploy their creative energy to live with the everyday effects of poverty, inequality, social conflict and environmental challenges, while also generating globally influential creativity in political, literary, dance, aural, visual and audio-visual cultures.

The visual arts strand of the CARISCC exhibition includes recently commissioned work by sculptural artist Sonia E. Barrett, whose installation piece The Difficult Conversation” (2017) was developed in consultation with local residents from African and Caribbean diaspora communities in Chapeltown, Leeds, using found furniture to creatively interpret the network’s themes of precarity, in/security, vulnerability and resilience.

“Bleaching Norm: Identity Crisis” (2016) by Ty Pessoa. Mixed media, acrylic on canvas. Dimensions of the original: 23.5in x 48in. Reproduced courtesy of the artist. Copyright: Ty Pessoa.

Digital projections of paintings, photographs, documentary film clips and multi-media installations by 11 other high-profile contemporary visual artists of Caribbean descent will also be shown in this exhibition, presented alongside documentary photography taken by members of the CARISCC research network during recent field-trips to the Caribbean region.

The exhibition’s opening reception will take place on Friday 4 May 2018, 6-8pm.  This launch event will include light refreshments and an introductory talk by Dr Pat Noxolo, the network’s lead researcher. The visual art and the fieldwork photography will then remain on display at Midlands Arts Centre (Tuesdays – Sundays, 11am-5pm) through to Sunday 1 July 2018.

The launch for CARISCC’s event at MAC Birmingham has been scheduled to coincide with the opening of “From a Small Island” – a recently commissioned series of new works by the award-winning photographer Andrew Jackson. Following a visit to Jamaica in 2017, this exhibition was curated to reflect on the identities of Jamaican Diaspora communities since the post-war migration to Britain, and the lives of subsequent generations born in the UK. Further details about the exhibition “From a Small Island” are available online at

To reserve a place (FREE of charge) at the launch reception on Friday 4 May 2018, please book online at the following link to the Midlands Arts Centre website:

For further information, please also write to CARISCC’s Network Facilitator (Dr Carol Ann Dixon) c/o the University of Birmingham:

Exhibition information (in summary):

Negotiating Caribbean In/Securities through Creativity: A Research Project and Art Exhibition
Dates: Friday 4 May – Sunday 1 July 2018
Venue: Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH, UK
Opening times: Tuesdays to Sundays, 11am – 5pm
Admission: FREE.




CARISCC Research Network and Interdisciplinary Conferences, UWI Mona, Jamaica, January 2018

M.E. (2016) from the Trench Town series, by photographer and video artist Charlotte C Mortensson. © Charlotte C Mortensson –

The Caribbean In/Securities and Creativity Research Network (CARISCC) will host two interdisciplinary conferences as part of a programme of public events and international dialogues taking place in January 2018 at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

The Network’s 3rd CARISCC Postgraduate Research Conference will take place at Mona Conference Centre on Monday 15 January 2018, 9am-5pm. This event will open with the keynote address “Moving Caribbeans: Migration, Tourism and In/Secure Mobilities,” presented by our esteemed colleague Dr Susan Mains (Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Dundee; and CARISCC Network Member). This will be followed by a guest presentation by Orville Hall, artistic director for the internationally renowned Jamaican performing arts company Theatre Xpressionz.

The conference programme will also include three themed panel sessions, featuring contributions from Ph.D. candidates and postdoctoral researchers. Full details of the conference programme are available online here.

The CARISCC Established Scholars’ Workshop will take place at Mona Conference Centre on Tuesday 16 January 2018, 9am-5pm.

This event was specifically scheduled to enable Network members (based at universities in the UK, Netherlands, USA and Canada) to meet with established scholars from the Caribbean region to discuss and explore reconceptualisations of security and insecurity (in/security) through creativity.

Some of the research papers presented by our invited guest speakers include the following:

  • “Economic Insecurity and the Black Dandy: Afropolitican Aesthetics as Epistemology,” presented by Dr Michael A. Bucknor – Senior Lecturer and Head, Department of Literatures in English, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica
  • “The Lydia Byam Experience: An Interface of Art and Science,” presented by Dr Aleric J. Josephs – Lecturer in History, Department of History and Archaeology, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica
  • “Securing Caribbean Futures through A Sexual Culture of Justice – Transformation through Creativity, Healing, and Cultural Practices,” presented by Dr Angelique V. Nixon – Lecturer & IGDS Graduate Studies Coordinator, Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS SAU), University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago
  • “Popular Pedagogies and Precarity: Lessons from a Decade of Consciousness-raising in the Caribbean,” presented by Dr Gabrielle Hosein – Lecturer and Head, Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS), University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago
  • “‘The Community was One Hundred Percent Safe’:  Resisting and Coping with in(security),” presented by Dr Yonique Campbell – Lecturer in Public Policy and Management, Department of Government, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica
  • “Child Participation and Expression through Research,” presented by Professor Aldrie Henry-Lee – Director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica

As a prelude to these two conferences, the CARISCC Research Network will also host an online discussion one week before the events take place (during w/c 8 January 2018) to enable conference delegates, participants, network members and other interested parties to review, reflect on and pose questions about the proposed presentation themes in advance of the face-to-face conference discussions.

To contribute to the online discussion, please follow this link to review the conference abstracts:

If you would like to attend either of the afore-mentioned public events, please contact CARISCC’s Network Facilitator (Carol Ann Dixon) to reserve your place. As spaces are limited at both events, it is essential to book your place by (or before) Wednesday 10th January 2018. All requests to attend these events should be sent via email, c/o:

CARISCC Postgraduate Conference on Caribbean In/Securities and Creativity, Jamaica, 15 January 2018

The 3rd CARISCC Postgraduate Conference on Caribbean In/Securities and Creativity will take place at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica, on Monday 15 January 2018, 9am-5pm.

This conferences builds on the success of two previous sessions held at the University of Birmingham (23 May 2016) and the University of Leeds (8 March 2017) in the UK.

A PDF of the provisional conference programme for 15 January can be downloaded here.

The conference will open with a welcome message and introduction by CARISCC’s Principal Investigator, Dr Patricia Noxolo. This will be followed by a keynote lecture from Dr Susan Mains (Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Dundee, UK), titled “Moving Caribbeans: Migration, Tourism and In/Secure Mobilities.”

We are delighted the following eight research papers by postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers will be presented throughout the day, grouped into three panel sessions:

Panel Session 1

  • “The prospects for evidence based sustainable development policies in Small Island Developing countries,” presented by Aleia Ahyoung, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica
  • “Parent-Child Reunification as a Consequence of Remigration among Trinidadian Transnational Families,” presented by Dr Mala Jokhan, University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago
  • “Challenges for Coastal Adaptation in Negril, Western Jamaica,” presented by Tashanna Walker, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA

Panel Session 2

  • “Machine-gun sonics and whispering tides: how sound and language in the work of Kamau Brathwaite and Mighty Sparrow provide acoustic inoculation against insecurities,” presented by Dr Mark Harris, University of Cincinnati, USA, and Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
  • “The Upper House, The Lower House, and the Jamettes: How an insecure, degrading title secured its place as one of the world’s most famous celebrated national festivals,” presented by Keri Johnson, University of Trinidad and Tobago
  • “The Portrayal of Women and Men in Caribbean music. Re-framing the lens using a gendered perspective,” presented by Dr Meagan Sylvester, University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago

Panel Session 3

  • “Four Women, For Women: Caribbean Artists Reimag(in)ing the Fine Art Canon and Shifting Paradigms,” presented by Dr Carol Ann Dixon, University of Birmingham, UK
  • “Out of One, Many People? – Visual Culture and the Politics of Difference in Kingston, Jamaica,” presented by Tracian Meikle, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Copies of these abstracts will be posted online via the CARISCC blog during the first week in January. In addition, a live online discussion will also take place one week before the conference to enable contributing speakers, delegates, members of the CARISCC Research Network and other interested parties to review, reflect on and raise questions about the topics and themes in advance of the presentations.

If you would like to contribute to the live discussion (scheduled for Monday 8 January 2018, 1-3pm GMT), please return to this page to access the link to the conference abstracts and submit your comments online. We will also be using the Twitter hashtag #CARISCC during the live debate to enable these conversations to continue via social media.

We look forward to welcoming you to the online discussion in early January, and wish all our contributors and delegates a successful CARISCC Postgraduate Conference in Jamaica on 15 January 2018.

Further information about the CARISCC conference can also be obtained by sending an email to Carol Ann Dixon (CARISCC Network Facilitator):


Call for Papers: CARISCC Postgraduate Conference on In/securities and Creativity, Jamaica, 15 January 2018

Conference venue: The Blue Room, Mona Conference Centre, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston, Jamaica

Date: Monday 15 January 2018, 9am – 5pm

Convener: Dr Patricia Noxolo, University of Birmingham, UK



Many scholars have highlighted the creative practices that Caribbean people routinely deploy in the face of insecurity caused by poverty, inequality, environmental challenges and violence. Although questions of Caribbean security and insecurity are often addressed as matters of governmental or military concern, this conference seeks to explore reconceptualisations 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, and perform politics).
In examining the links between precariousness and creativity, this CARISCC conference aims to bring together new approaches to the study of global security.

Therefore, CARISCC welcomes research papers and presentations 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 scholars whose research concerns any aspect of Caribbean in/securities and creativity.


We particularly welcome presentation proposals / research papers that address (but are not limited to) the following topics and themes:

  • 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.

Programme Details

In addition to scheduling three panel sessions (each comprising 3-4 papers / presentations), the conference also intends to offer:

  • Four travel bursaries (up to £500 GBP/$ 650 USD per person) to support conference attendance by a postdoctoral researcher or PhD candidate from within the Caribbean region who is not currently based at UWI Mona Campus in Jamaica;
  • Two keynote presentations – delivered by Dr Susan Mains (Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Dundee, UK, and CARISCC Network Member) and a guest scholar / arts practitioner invited from within the Caribbean region;
  • A welcome address from Dr Pat Noxolo (Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Birmingham, UK, and CARISCC’s Principal Investigator);
  • Refreshments and lunch.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Please send abstracts of 200-300 words (in English) to Dr Patricia Noxolo (, using the subject heading “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 each presentation/research paper will last 10-15 minutes; and updated programme details will be released prior to the date of 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 conference theme to your research, the reasons why you need a bursary to attend, as well as your estimated expenses.

The deadline for submitting abstracts and 150-word biographies (as well as bursary applications) is Friday 24 November 2017.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Patricia Noxolo
CARISCC Conference Convener and Principal Investigator

Please click on the following link to download the full text of this call for papers (in PDF format): CARISCC-PGR-Conference-Call-for-Papers-Jamaica-January2018


The CARISCC Art Exhibition in Leeds: Monday 23–Friday 27 October 2017

The CARISCC Research Network is currently hosting a series of touring art exhibitions around the UK to showcase work by a selection of established and emerging contemporary visual artists of Caribbean descent (from the region, and the wider Caribbean diaspora) who have created artworks that specifically address reconceptualisations of security and insecurity (in/security) through creativity.

The next stage of the tour – titled, ‘Negotiating Caribbean In/Securities through Creativity: A Research and Art Exhibition’ – will be shown at Union 105 (East Street Arts) in Leeds, from Monday 23 October to Friday 27 October 2017.

One of the highlights of this particular edition of the exhibition will be two thought-provoking sculptural installations by the internationally famous conceptual artist Sonia E. Barrett: firstly, an early piece from the artist’s portfolio, titled ‘Pressure nah let up. Mrs Mac (not her real name) performs the “ono” bed’ (2007), featuring deconstructed elements from a 1950s articulated mattress; and, secondly, a more recent sculpture titled ‘The Difficult Conversation’ (2017), specially commissioned by CARISCC and made from found pieces of wooden furniture. When researching and developing the latter piece, Sonia spent time in Leeds over several weeks exploring the locality and meeting with local residents from the Chapeltown area – which makes this a very appropriate and poignant co-produced installation to be showcasing in the city.

As illustrated in the photograph, the pieces of wood and other materials featured in ‘The Difficult Conversation’ are suspended from wires in a way that signifies people’s lives being “held in suspension.” The table legs, chair frames and other pieces of furniture from which Sonia’s works are made also symbolise aspects of black corporeality. Observing these works, therefore, encourages deep reflection on the histories and legacies of transatlantic enslavement – and the traumatic physical and psychological brutalities people of African descent endured throughout the Maafa, and beyond.

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‘The Difficult Conversation’ (2017), a CARISCC-commissioned mixed-media sculpture by the contemporary visual artist Sonia E. Barrett.

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