Global Reggae Conference 2017
“DANCEHALL, MUSIC AND THE CITY”
GLOBAL REGGAE CONFERENCE
FEBRUARY 9 – 11, 2016
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES, MONA CAMPUS
The Institute of Caribbean Studies and the Reggae Studies Unit at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus announce the fifth biennial Global Reggae Conference under the theme "Dancehall, Music and the City”. This conference is being staged at a time when we celebrate Bob Marley’s birth 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 open discussions about contemporary considerations for 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.
The conference will also honour the work of Professor Carolyn Cooper, CD, founder of the Global Reggae Conference and Bob Marley Lecture Series. She conceived the Reggae Studies academic programme at Mona and her contributions to the field of cultural studies have paved the way for researcher s and practitioners, often bridging the gap in research and practice for Jamaican popular music genres, reggae and especially dancehall.
Slated for Reggae Month 2017, the conference will provide a platform for timely updates on discussions, research and development in reggae and dancehall locally, regionally and internationally. 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.
Contact the Global Reggae Conference 2017 Secretariat with queries at:
Reggae Studies Unit
Institute of Caribbean Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Education
University of the West Indies,
Mona, Kingston 7.
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