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Caribbean In/Securities and Creativity: Diasporic Dialogues

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This 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 Caribbean region is a crucible for everyday negotiations between security and insecurity (in/security). Indeed, Caribbean people deploy their creative energy to live with the everyday effects of poverty, inequality and violence, whilst generating globally influential creativity in political, literary, and dance cultures.

The conference and exhibition will consider in/security in terms of the connections between precariousness and creativity, thus bringing a fresh focus to the study of global security.

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 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 event is supported by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library.

Confirmed Keynotes include Professor Hazel Carby.

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• Derek Walcott and Denis Brutus: unity, insecurities and poetics.

• Visual Art and Gender: Valuing Black British Female Artists.

• The neo-slavery narrative: re-inventing and re-inscribing in/securities for another age.

• Configurations of power/ powerlessness in intercultural encounters: Dominican Republic/ Jamaica/ Trinidad.

• From Ecuador to Jamaica: Insecurities as histories of song and dance.

• Writing (Marlon James’ fiction) and film (Four Days in May) re-signifying in/security in Caribbean and Diasporic arts practices

• Questioning home, diaspora, In/Securities in The Door of No Return.

• Transnational and transcultural literary production as in/securities: questions of poetry and belonging

Please note: This is a Draft Programme only. It will be revised and updated.

Registration fee: £40 (early bird fee £35 payable by 9 June 2017). Lunch and refreshments will be provided on both days and are included in the registration fee.

The conference will be followed by a screening of Shashamane: On the Trail of the Promised Land, plus a panel discussion, at 19.15 on Monday 26 June. This event is not included in the conference registration fee, but delegates are entitled to a discount on tickets (details are in the delegate confirmation email). Read more about the film screening here.

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