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


Caribbean in/securities

Lecture: Homophobias, Human Rights and Social Change in the French and British #Caribbean

Homophobias, Human Rights and Social Change in the French and British Caribbean

5.30-7.30 Thursday, 23rd March

Woburn Suite, G22/26, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Prof. David A.B. Murray, York University, Toronto

The Caribbean region is often characterized as uniformly homophobic and LGBT rights are often claimed by governmental and non-governmental organizations as the conduit through which change can be effected.  What happens when we question assumptions about the meaning of homophobia and the effects of imposing this term on dispersed and diverse societies?  How might we also constructively question rights as a universal strategy through which to change local laws, beliefs and practices? The goal of this presentation is to critically engage with key concepts in sexual minority discrimination and rights talk occurring in transnational contexts, utilizing ethnographic examples from Barbados and Martinique in order to challenge assumptions of the uniformity and translatability of LGBT rights as a primary response to homophobia in the Caribbean.

The event is free, but booking is essential. Please sign up here:

For further information about the Centre for Integrated Caribbean Research, please follow this link<>.

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


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 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.


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.


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!


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

Pat Noxolo

#Haiti – Plus ça change


We would like to thank William Tantam for circulating this analysis and comment blog post by Dr Peter Sollis, former Senior Advisor for the Haiti Response Group, Inter-American Development Bank.

The post addresses the investigation of a report that Haiti’s “president-elect Jovenel Moise may have laundered dollars through 14 accounts over the 2007 to 2013 period and, in a separate claim, that he received special treatment to get business loans from the Haitian Popular Bank, a state bank.”

To read the full post, please click 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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