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


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CARISCC’s Art Exhibition at Union 105, Chapeltown, Leeds, Monday 23rd – Friday 27th October 2017

The next staging of CARISCC’s touring art exhibition – “Negotiating Caribbean In/Securities through Creativity” – will take place in Leeds, West Yorkshire, at Union 105/East Street Arts, 105 Chapeltown Road, Leeds LS7 3HY, from Monday 23rd October to Friday 27th October 2017.

Negotiating Caribbean In/Securities through Creativity: A Research and Art Exhibition is part of a Leverhulme Trust-funded project, entitled Caribbean In/Securities: Creativity and Negotiation in the Caribbean (CARISCC).

CARISCC is an international and interdisciplinary research network of seven leading universities in Caribbean Studies, namely Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow and Dundee in the UK, The University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands, Brock University in Canada, Rutgers University in the USA, and the University of the West Indies (Mona) in Jamaica, Caribbean. The network explores the interconnections and everyday negotiations between securities and insecurities (hence, ‘in/securities’) in relation to precariousness and creativity.

A farmer from Jamaica’s Blue Mountain region shows ripe coffee berries from his farm (2016). Image courtesy of: Dr Kevon Rhiney (Associate Professor of Geography, Rutgers University), CARISCC Network Member.

This digital and print exhibition reflects such intellectual concerns, and specifically focuses on how Caribbean people use their creative energy to live with the everyday effects of poverty, inequality, environmental challenges and violence, while also generating globally influential creativity in literary, dance, aural, visual, political and audio-visual cultures.

The Leeds-based stage of the tour will feature two thought-provoking sculptures by the internationally renowned contemporary visual artist Sonia E. Barrett, who spent time in Chapeltown earlier this year meeting local residents, exploring the locality and working with found furniture and objects to creatively interpret the research project. Sonia’s recently commissioned artwork, “The Difficult Conversation” (2017), funded via CARISCC and the Leverhulme Trust, will be a particular focal point of the installation.

Detail from the CARISCC-commissioned contemporary art installation, “The Difficult Conversation” (2017) by Sonia E. Barrett. Image courtesy of the artist. Copyright: Sonia E. Barrett.

If you would like to attend the exhibition’s launch event and drinks reception on Monday 23rd October, 6 – 8 pm at Union 105, Chapeltown Road, Leeds, please contact Dr Carol Ann Dixon (CARISCC Network Facilitator) via email c/o so that your name can be added to the guest list. This is a FREE event, but places should be reserved (for catering purposes, no later than 20th October 2017).

Please note that the artworks will remain on view at Union 105, Chapeltown Road, Leeds until Friday 27th October 2017. Thereafter, the exhibition will tour to  Midlands Art Centre (Birmingham) in May/June 2018.


Fully-funded #PhDStudentship to work on a project on #Caribbean Literary Heritage

Project Description

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD studentship for 39 months starting 1 October 2017 to work on a project on Caribbean Literary Heritage funded by the Leverhulme Trust (CoA Prof Kei Miller). Students will need to reside in or around the Norwich area for the duration of their doctoral studies and will be expected to undertake travel both nationally and in the Caribbean for archival research.

The project entails sustained exploration of West Indian writing published and written for local and educational contexts and will investigate why these writings accrued less literary value than those by writers who migrated to the UK and writings published by metropolitan literary houses. The research will be underpinned by the methodologies of feminist recovery research, book and publishing history, as well as postcolonial literary theory. Archives to be consulted include: publishers archives (Reading, UK); BBC Written Archives Centre (Caversham); Caribbean Examinations Council archives & Special Collections of University of the West Indies, Cave Hill (Barbados), and the West Indiana Collection, UWI (Trinidad).

The successful student will have input into the final project design and, as part of the project team, will join in project events and publications.

To apply for this studentship you will have:


  • Academic qualifications in Literature, including knowledge of postcolonial literatures (preferably Caribbean literature) at BA or MA level
  • Skills and disposition to help organise, deliver and participate in public engagement activities & social media channels
  • Good organisation and time-management skills
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work as part of a team


  • Practical experience of archive-based research
  • A track record of researching Caribbean Literature
  • An interest and aptitude in digital humanities

The successful candidate will work as part of the project team for approximately six hours per week.

The expected outputs, in addition to the thesis, are:

  • academic article
  • archive enrichment
  • Wikipedia entries
  • blogs and twitter feeds

Additional information can be found here.

Using #Dancehall To Teach Science And Math In #Jamaica

Scientifically Swaggerific! Columbia University Professor Brings Science Genius Program to Jamaica–a report from South Florida Caribbean News. Associate Professor of Mathematics and Sc…

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The #JamaicaBiennial Returns This Weekend

From Tuesday, February 28 to Sunday, May 28, 2017.

A report by Shereitza Grizzle for Jamaica’s Gleaner. The event which was last held in 2014 was supposed to be held last December, but was pushed to February of this year because of some inter…

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Promotion of #Dominica for the Carnival Season

Promoter of the Mas Domnik 2017, Val Cuffy has stated that there are “tremendous opportunities” to promote Dominican music, especially during this time of carnival, by using media outlets both loca…

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19th Habano Festival

Caribbean New Digital reports that the 19th Habano Festival [Fetsival del habano] will take place in Havana, Cuba, from February 27 to March 3, 2017. Here are excerpts of “The Habano Festival Is Ba…

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Why We’re Drinking Black Rum, a Caribbean Spirit Even Whiskey-Drinkers Can Love

A report by Nikita Richardson for Bon Appetit. When it comes to rum, Americans tend to prefer either Captain Morgan spiced rum or Bacardi for their cocktails. That’s left black rum, a way more inte…

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#CaribbeanCulture on BBC Radio 3


“Join Matthew Sweet in the Caribbean — well, not literally but certainly intellectually. He’ll be discussing the region’s history with the cultural commentator, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, whose new book, Island People, is already being compared to V S Naipaul. Does it make sense to think of the Caribbean as a cohesive region rather than a collection of very individual islands? To help settle this question Matthew and Joshua are joined by Colin Grant, author of I & I – the Natural Mystics and the Jamaican poet and novelist Kei Miller who’ll be reading from his acclaimed new novel, Augustown, and his Forward Prize Winning poetry collection, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion…”

Listen to it here.

Call for Papers – #Caribbean In/Securities and Creativity: #Diasporic Dialogues


Caribbean In/Securities and Creativity: Diasporic Dialogues

Sunday 25 and Monday 26 June, 2017

Venue: The Knowledge Centre, British Library, London



Following our diaspora-focused conference in 2016, this year’s two-day event will include a conference and an art and research exhibition speaking to the theme of Caribbean and diasporic dialogues where the role of creativity is highlighted in negotiating the in/securities permeating such dialogues. The event is a result of 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 and seeking to explore interactions between the precariousness of insecure livelihoods and neighbourhoods, and the negotiation of risk through creativity, in a Caribbean context. CARISCC deploys the term ‘in/securities’ to foreground the interplay between security and insecurity as negotiated and shaped by everyday interactions and responses as much as by top-down processes and formal politics.

The conference organisers welcome papers addressing Caribbean and diaspora in/securities literally, culturally and ontologically and / or in comparison relative to the wider diaspora. Cross-disciplinary explorations identified within our various practices are welcome, as well as perspectives that address, open up and/or complicate a nuanced understanding of Caribbean in/securities, tensions and responses in terms of creative expression in the region, across the diaspora, and within a shared globalization.

Suggestions for Proposals (papers and panels) include but are not limited to the following:

  • in/security and mobility: the Caribbean outside/within the metropolis
  • (re)signifying in/security in Caribbean and diasporic arts practices
  • vulnerability, resilience, globality: a creolised diasporic imaginary/reality
  • transnational/transcultural literary production as in/securities
  • singing in/security: reconsidering dance, song and musical forms
  • enslavement/emancipation in/securities and expression: history/poetics
  • politics and in/securities: configurations of power/powerlessness in intercultural encounters and discourses

Performance artists are encouraged to submit proposals. Abstracts from postgraduates and early career researchers are very welcome.

Abstracts (no more than 300 words for papers of 20 minutes maximum) should be emailed to: The Conference Committee <>. Please include your full name, institutional affiliation, title, phone number and email address with your proposal. Be sure to include a proposed title and a short bio.

We encourage panel proposals, which should include a detailed abstract for each paper, a designated chair, and a short statement explaining why the submissions should be considered as a panel rather than as individual presentations. Do bear in mind that all papers must represent previously unpublished work.

Revised Deadline for Abstracts and Panel Proposals: 5th May, 2017.

Revised Date for Notification of Acceptance: 12th May, 2017.

Photo credit: Joan Anim-Addo

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