4th CARISCC Postgraduate Conference

Caribbean In/Securities and Creativity

Wednesday 13 June 2018

University of Amsterdam / Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA)

Venue: Roeterseiland Campus –Building B/C/D – Room C5.00
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, 1018 WV Amsterdam, Netherlands

CARISCC Conference Conveners:
Professor Rivke Jaffe, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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 by 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.

Keynote Presentations

As part of the one-day conference schedule we are pleased to announce the following keynote lectures:

(1) “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

Faith Smith teaches at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, USA. She is interested in the aesthetic strategies of writers and artists who are contending with the legacies of slavery and indentureship, feminist engagements with the state in the wake of globalization, and the resonance of archival histories of intimacy and loss in the present. She is completing “Strolling in the Ruins: The Caribbean’s Non-Sovereign Modern in the Early Twentieth Century,” a reading of the imperial present just before the First World War. A new book project, “Dread Intimacies,” examines sovereignty, intimacy and violence in twenty-first-century fiction and visual culture.

(2) “The political thriller, state crime and Harischandra Khemraj’s Cosmic Dance” – presented by Lucy Evans, Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature, University of Leicester, UK.

Lucy Evans is Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature at the University of Leicester, UK. Her monograph, Communities in Contemporary Anglophone Caribbean Short Stories, was published by LUP in 2014. She has also co-edited The Caribbean Short Story: Critical Perspectives (Peepal Tree, 2011), a special issue of Moving Worlds, ‘Crime Across Cultures’ 13:1 (2013), and a symposium, ‘Crime Narratives and Global Politics’, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 47:2 (2012). She is leading two research networking projects: ‘Crime and its Representation in the Anglophone Caribbean, 1834-2018’, funded by the British Academy, and ‘Dons, Yardies and Posses: Representations of Jamaican Organised Crime’, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Conference Programme

The conference programme on Wednesday 13th June commences at 9am and includes:

  • A welcome address from Rivke Jaffe (CARISCC Network Member and Postgraduate Conference Convener) and Patricia Noxolo (Principal Investigator of CARISCC)
  • Two keynote lectures presented by distinguished guest speakers: Faith Smith,  Associate Professor of African and Afro-American Studies and English and American Literature (Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA); and Lucy Evans, Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature (University of Leicester, UK)
  • Thematic panels featuring papers on aspects of in/security and creativity presented by postgraduate research students, independent scholars and early career academics
  • Refreshments and lunch.

To download the full conference programme and presentation abstracts (in PDF format), please click the link below:

The CARISCC conference is FREE to attend for all our guest speakers, panelists and delegates. However, any prospective delegates wishing to join us on Wednesday 13 June should email CARISCC’s Network Facilitator (Dr Carol Ann Dixon) to reserve a place, c/o C.A.Dixon@bham.ac.uk. Please contact us by no later than Monday 4th June so that the conference attendance list can be finalised for catering purposes.

Conference Abstracts

Links to the abstracts for six research papers featured in the thematic panel sessions are shown below:

“Dancehall as a matrix of resistance to living realities of street dancers in Jamaica” – presented by Cyrielle Tamby, Visiting Scholar – PhD Program at the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, University of California Berkeley, USA

“Careful creations: negotiating filming and collaboration in Haiti” – presented by Dr Kasia Mika, Postdoctoral Researcher in Comparative Caribbean Studies at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, Leiden, The Netherlands

“On a Walking Tour of Trench Town: Sensing Violence in Downtown Kingston, Jamaica” – presented by Alana Osbourne, PhD Candidate, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“Saving Face: In Search of the Masculine Subject in George Castera’s Le Retour à l’arbre” – presented by Dr Ara Chi Jung, (PhD, Northwestern University, Illinois, USA), Independent Scholar, Florence, Italy

“A Critical Exploration of the Women of Marlon James’ A History of Seven Killings and Jennifer Rahim’s Curfew Chronicles” – presented by Zakiya McKenzie, PhD Candidate, University of Exeter, UK

Fanm pa chita: Stories of Mobility and the Intimate among Haitian Domestic Workers in the Dominican Republic” – presented by Masaya Llavaneras Blanco, PhD Candidate, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada

Pre-conference Online Event

A ‘live’ pre-conference online discussion about the six abstracts will take place via the CARISCC blog on Wednesday 6 June 2018, from 1pm to 3pm (GMT).

Please feel free to join us for this live online event and contribute to the conversations.

You can participate by clicking on the links to the abstracts (above), reviewing the content, then submitting a comment in the “Leave a Reply” space, shown below each entry.

The comment fields at the end of each abstract will remain open for additional contributions to be added up until conference day on Wednesday 13 June 2018.