CFP: MEMORY/POSTMEMORY, MUSIC & IDENTITY:The Construction of a Diasporic Black West Indian Experience

An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Caribbean and its Diaspora


The Construction of a Diasporic Black West Indian Experience

Saturday 25th April, 2009

Centre for Translation & Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Warwick

Coventry, United Kingdom

This is an interdisciplinary conference that seeks to analyze how the
shifting boundaries, sense of dislocation, and loss of rootedness are
grounded into the construction of the urban transnational Black West
Indian identity. Yaad/Yard-Hip Hop characterizes this identity through
the post-immigration generation, who found themselves “locked
symbiotically in an antagonistic relationship” between their parent/s’
memories of home and their understanding of self within the
socio-political context of Britain and the United States. The aim of
this conference is to initiate a scholarly interchange between
disciplines, in ways that will critically analyze the intersection of
memory/rememory/postmemory and popular culture in the construction of
the Black West Indian experience in Britain and the United States
between the 1960s and the 1990s.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

Geography and identity
Race/ethnicity/national/dual identities

Migration, ethnic diasporas, translocal communities
Place and space
Music-reggae/dancehall and rap/hip-hop
Popular culture



Music Videos


Gender, sexuality, and the Black body
Nation language
Politics of location


Please submit a working title and a brief abstract of 250-300

An abbreviated CV
Your institutional affiliation, phone number, and e-mail

A statement of your audio/visual needs, if necessary
Send all materials electronically as attachments to the contact
listed below;

Abstract Due:31st December 2008 (250-300 words)

Essay Due: 16th March 2009 (MLA style, 8-10 pages)

Conference paper
presentations are limited to 20 minutes.

Submit to: La Tasha Brown

Centre for
Translation & Comparative Cultural Studies
University of
Coventry, CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
Tele.:Â +44 (0) 24
7652 3655; Fax: +44 (0) 24 7652 4468

The authors will be notified about their conference acceptance by
February 2, 2009. The final copy of the essay will be due by March 16,
2009. Submissions and questions should be directed to

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