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The Institute of Caribbean Studies and Reggae Studies Unit in association with the Stuart Hall Foundation and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus invite proposals for papers in Cultural Studies or related fields for the 2017 Stuart Hall Conference under the theme "Whither the Caribbean?: Stuart Hall's Intellectual Legacy".

Jamaican-born Stuart Hall can best be described as a cultural theorist and master intellectual. Hall is one of the founding fathers of the Birmingham School of Cultural Studies and by extension is credited, along with his contemporaries, for the genesis of the field of Cultural Studies. While other West Indian thinkers chose economics and development as their hermeneutic method, diaspora-based Stuart Hall turned to culture as the analytic mode of choice. For him questions of language, diaspora, ideology, politics, mass culture and representation became objects of study and analysis. Although Hall went on to become globally acclaimed as one of the pre-eminent public intellectuals of the 20th century few are aware of how influential his Jamaican background and heritage were in formulating the heterodox positions for which he became known.

This conference will offer the opportunity to reflect both on how the Caribbean and Jamaica influenced Stuart Hall’s thought but also on how we might bring this unorthodox, paradigm-shifting intellectual’s work home as it were. How can the lens of culture offer alternative approaches to the study of our postcolonial present? How might cultural studies-inflected strategies amplify the ability of policy-makers, educators and technocrats to craft more people-friendly forms of governance? What lessons of negotiating and thinking about social conflict and its management might be embedded in the life and practice of this exemplary public intellectual? The Stuart Hall Conference invites academics, scholars and artists to honor the late cultural theorist and sociologist by contributing papers that will build on Hall's ground-breaking contributions. Themes to be explored include but are not limited to:
  • The Caribbean Popular
  • Exploring Stuart Hall’s Intellectual Legacy
  • Stuart Hall in/on the Caribbean
  • Re-Imag/in/ing Stuart Hall's Approach Today
  • Stuart Hall and the Role of the Public Intellectual
  • Culture, Violence and the Caribbean Present
  • Wrestling with the Angels, Devils and Empires
  • Nationalism and Rethinking the Caribbean
  • Representation, the Media and Popular Culture
  • Culture, Material Culture and the Cultural Turn
  • State/(s) of Cultural Studies
  • Collaborative and Collective Research Methodologies
  • Law, Order and Policing the Present
  • Arts Policy and Cultural Industries
  • Race, Caribbean Identity and Globalisation
  • Memory, Memoralising, and Remembering in the Caribbean
  • The Mobile Caribbean: Migrations, Nations, Diasporas
  • Rethinking Marxism, Political Action and the Left

We invite you to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words. The topic can fall within the broad remit of the focus areas above, or any other influenced by the work of Stuart Hall.          


Deadline for Submissions - February 1, 2017
Decision – February 28, 2017
Full Script - April 1, 2017
Conference – June 1-3, 2017

  • Early Bird Registration Before February 28, 2017 USD 120.00
  • Regular Registration March 1 - April 15, 2017 USD 150.00
  • Late Registration April 15 - May 31, 2017 USD 180.00
  • Onsite registration June 1 - 3, 2017 USD 200.00
  • Graduate students (with ID) USD 50.00
  • Undergraduates (with ID) Free
  • Publishers / Exhibitors USD 300*
*Conditions Apply

For more information, contact the Secretariat at:

Institute of Caribbean Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Education
University of the West Indies,
Mona, Kingston 7,
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Tel: 1 (876) 977 - 1951 | Fax: 1 (876) 977 - 3430

The conference will host over 60 presenters from an international selection, including countries in the Caribbean, North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and the UK. More details on the programme and related events are available on the conference website at
The public is invited to attend.​


The Institute of Caribbean Studies and the Reggae Studies Unit, UWI, will stage the fifth bi-ennial Global Reggae Conference – #GRC2017 – under the theme "Dancehall, Music and the City”.

This conference comes at a time when we celebrate Bob Marley’s birth, Reggae Month, and the very foundation, the space – dancehall – through which the world has consumed seven distinct musical genres in mento, ska, rocksteady, reggae, nyabinghi, dub and dancehall. This conference also comes at a time when Kingston celebrates its designation as a creative city for music by UNESCO in December 2015.

The conference intends to ignite discussion on historical as well as contemporary issues around Jamaican music spaces, genres, cross-fertilization, production and economy, using Kingston as a backdrop for discussing the foundational space of the dancehall as a main theme.

In recognition of Professor Carolyn Cooper’s work as founder of the Global Reggae Conference and Bob Marley Lecture Series, as well as the Reggae Studies academic programme at Mona, the conference will honour her work with a special session.

#GRC2017 offers academics, researchers, artistes, musicians, scholars, cultural practitioners, entrepreneurs and music lovers from around the world a warm and welcoming environment to share their research, experiences, perspectives and passion for Jamaican music.

Over its three-day staging, the #GRC2017 will feature a compact schedule of panels, spotlight sessions, special presentations, film screenings and cultural activities. Some highlights will include, among others, the following:
  • A special roundtable on Kingston as a Creative City with key members of Jamaica’s entertainment scene on Thursday, February 9th..
  • The Annual Bob Marley Lecture entitled ‘Its 1976: Bob Marley is the Most Important Person in the World’ by David Cupples (author of Stir it Up: The CIA Targets Jamaica, Bob Marley and the Progressive Manley Government on the evening of Thursday, February 9th at 6:00 pm.
  • “Bruk Out! A Dancehall Queen Documentary” will be screened for the first time in Jamaica on Friday, February 10th at 12:00 noon.
  • A special evening event dedicated to Jamaica’s sound system culture dubbed “Sound System Outernational” will be hosted on Friday, February 10th at 6:00 pm.
  • A special closing session entitled Icons of Dancehall will engage iconic work in / on popular music on Saturday, February 11th at 6:00 pm.


The Institute of Caribbean Studies received recognition for its work in increasing Graduate throughput at the Office of Graduate Studies and Research’s recent Evening of Excellence in June. The Department received an award for Outstanding Performance in the Development of Research Students at the Mona Campus for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Recent graduates of the Institute, Drs. Myrna Hague-Bradshaw and Orville Beckford also received awards of their own at the ceremony. Dr. Hague – Bradshaw was recognized for her work as a cultural icon while Dr. Beckford was awardsed for the completion of his dissertation with high commendations.

The Institute would like to congratulate its recent Graduates and current Graduate students for their outstanding work. The work of past heads and their commitment to students completing their programmes is a vital part of this recognition.


The Institute has added three new and reinstated one course to come on stream in September 2016. CLTR3033 Reggae Aesthetics and African Diasporan Resistance a yearlong course which has not been offered for a few years returns for the academic year 2016/2017. Joining CLTR3033 are the following:

CLTR1005 Material Culture and Identity in the Caribbean Sem II
CLTR3508 Issues in Caribbean Cyberculture Sem I
CLTR3510 Caribbean Sexualities: Culture, Power and Diversity Sem II


The Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work, the Institute of Caribbean Studies, and JFLAG are pleased to provide an opportunity for scholars, human rights defenders and artists to explore LGBT navigations of Caribbean space(s). Presentations will interrogate the ways in which Caribbean sexualities, gender identities and queer practices are expressed and experienced beyond stereotypes, assumptions and limitations presented by heterosexual and binary gender norms. The two-day conference is envisioned as a forum for the sharing and celebration of research, establishment of collaborative relationships, and encouragement of further investigations. Submission deadline extended to October 31, 2016.

Date: January 26-27, 2017
Venue: Multifunctional Room, University of the West Indies
For more information, please visit our website:


Congratulations to our students who are this year's recipients of the Institute of Caribbean Studies' Faculty Awards.

Above is Mr. Michael Lewis - The James Howard Foundation Prize for the Most Outstanding Academic Achievement in ECEM.

Above are images of Ms. Aisha Commissiong and Ms. Racquel Bernard - Most Outstanding Graduate (MA) Student Awards

We wish out students continued success on your academic journey! The ICS Family is proud of them all!


Congratulations to the two recipients of the Inaugural Emile Martin Scholarship 2015- Ms. Reneka Fowler (Integrated Marketing Communications Student) and Ms. Monique Smith (Digital Media Production Student) both from CARIMAC, Faculty of Humanities & Education, Western Jamaica Campus.

The scholarship commemorates the life of Mr. Emile Martin, Chairman of the Doctor's Cave Bathing Club. Mr. Martin was a stalwart of the Tourism and Travel Industry and did much to develop the area of Culture in Western Jamaica. It is awarded to students registered in the Cultural Studies or Entertainment and Cultural Enterprise Management minors at the WJC with a GPA of at least 3.0.


​The Institute of Caribbean Studies in collaboration with the Department of Literatures in English and the Bob Marley Foundation are pleased to announce that the 19th Annual Bob Marley Lecture will be hosted on the evening of February 12, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

This year's lecture will be presented by Mr. Marlon James, 2015 Man Booker Prize Winner at the Undercroft, UWI Mona Campus. The event will be streamed live. Please contact the ICS Office for further details at Tel: 1-876-977-1951/1-876-970-6228 Fax: 1-876-977-3430 or Email: or

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