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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Visual Cultures of the Caribbean - One-Day Conference

17th March 2012, 10:00, Institute of Advanced Study, Cosin's Hall, Palace Green, Durham University

This one-day conference aims to explore the central importance of visual cultures to colonial and postcolonial Caribbean societies. Bringing together some of the most important scholars in the field, with a range of different interests and specialisms, it seeks to provoke debate on a series of issues around the visual arts in the Caribbean and the role different visual media have played in, for example, colonial ideology, forms of resistance, and political iconography. The conference touches on visual cultural forms from across the pan-Caribbean, including television in Puerto Rico, Columbian cinema, representations of Vodou in Haitian art, and the work of Indo-Caribbean artists in the context of the uneven relations between Rotterdam and Paramaribo. By exploring the visual cultures of the Caribbean, the conference aims to contribute to the ongoing interrogation of the Eurocentric tendency still often evident in visual cultures studies, despite the claims made for its increasingly globalized perspective.

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