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Structure of the Institute

The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) is currently headed by Director and Senior Lecturer Dr. Dave Gosse. He is supported by various Coordinators. The 2022/2023 Coordinators are: 

  • Professor Donna Hope - Graduate Programme Coordinator
  • Dr. Nicole Plummer - Undergraduate Programme Coordinator
  • Dr. Deborah Hickling Gordon - Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) Programme Coordinator
  • Dr. Raymond Hitchins - Music and Performance Studies (MPS) Programme Coordinator
  • Dr. Dennis Howard - Entertainment and Cultural Enterprise (ECEM) Programme Coordinator
  • Dr. Jalani Niaah - Reggae Studies Coordinator
  • Dr. Candia Mitchell-Hall - Project 4.0 Coordinator
  • Dr. Lisa Tomlinson - ICS Postgraduate Seminar Series Coordinator

The day-to-day management of the Institute is handled by a Senior Administrative Assistant and assistance provided by an Administrative Assistant. 

General Information

The Mission of the University of the West Indies is to unlock the potential of the Caribbean Region and contribute to regional integration through the excellence of its scholarship and the education of the region’s human resources.

A necessary first step in the process of unlocking the region’s potential is to understand the complexities of Caribbean culture and society. In line with the University’s broad mission, as an academic department the ICS provides undergraduate courses in Cultural Studies, Entertainment and Cultural Enterprise Management (ECEM), Music and Rastafari Studies. The Foundation course FOUN1101 (FD11A) Caribbean Civilization, which is a required course for students in the Faculties of Social, Medical and Science and Technology, is also offered out of the Institute.

At the graduate level the Institute offers the MA, MPhil and PhD degrees in Cultural Studies. Complementing the academic programmes are various outreach activities (conferences, symposia, public lectures) which enhance and promote Caribbean popular culture. The research of the academic staff and the Institute’s various outreach activities further support the UWI’s mission.


The Institute offers a variety of courses all aimed at deepening the understanding of our Caribbean culture. The aims of the ICS undergraduate programme are to:- 

  1. provide appropriate, relevant courses to a diverse range of students with varied qualifications and  educational backgrounds;
  2. provide opportunities for students to broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Caribbean and its culture, with a focus on popular music, Rastafari studies, and creative and cultural industries;
  3. create different cultural competencies for different career purposes.(e.g. graduate studies, business, entrepreneurship, teaching);
  4. foster the intellectual development of students by encouraging critical analysis and independent thought;
  5. sensitize students to different theoretical frameworks for the interpretation of culture and cultural texts in the region, as well as in other geographical locations;
  6. produce innovative industry leaders who understand the convergence of media, information technology and culture within the local and global contexts;
  7. Encourage entrepreneurial development and innovation.
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