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The Reggae Studies Unit

The Reggae Studies Unit was created based on recognition of the influence of Reggae music on both Jamaican and world cultures. The mandate of the Reggae Studies Unit is to:

1. increase reggae-related research and teaching in diverse areas such as Film Studies, Musicology and Dance in the Faculty of Humanities.
2. establish a Specialist Documentation Centre containing various resources relative to the culture of Reggae music;
3. create partnerships with local and international institutions to promote Reggae Studies.
4. sponsor or cosponsor seminars, conferences, public lectures etc., and assist with the publication of research findings that support its mission.

Currently the main RSU activity is The Annual Bob Marley Lecture, which is now entering its 15th year. The Lecture Series focuses on a range of social, economic, political and cultural issues.

The Unit also stages the International Reggae Conference (formerly The Global Reggae Conference) every two years at the Mona Campus. The Conference consolidates and disseminates knowledge on the global impact of Jamaican popular culture. The 2012 conference will be held at the Mona Campus from February 15 – 18.

For further information, contact the Institute of Caribbean Studies located on the ground floor of the New Arts Block, Faculty of Humanities and Education:
Tel: 977-1951 or 512-3228
E-mail: icsmona@uwimona.edu.jm
Website: /www.mona.uwi.edu/humed/ics

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