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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Conference: Decentred/Dissenting Connections: Envisioning Caribbean Film and Visual Cultures

29th May 2018, 09:00 to 17:00, Repeated daily [weekdays only] until 30th May 2018, Newcastle University

"Decentred / Dissenting connections" is a two-day conference co-convened by Dunja Fehimović and Francisco-J Hernández Adrián with the support of the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR), AHRC OWRI, and Newcastle University School of Modern Languages.

Structured as a series of workshops, the event will bring together scholars interested in re-imagining the Caribbean through a visual lens. Our discussions will centre around three questions:

•How can the visual help us to approach the Caribbean anew?
•What does it mean to re-envision the Caribbean in times of global fragmentation and expanding inequalities?
•How can we approach the Caribbean’s multiple peripheries rigorously and creatively from the relative remoteness of the North-East of England?

Our aims are to foster an ongoing regional network that connects disciplines, academics, and practitioners around a new vision of Caribbean film studies and visual culture production, and to facilitate public exposure to and engagement with this dynamic, transnational, and multilingual body of work. By increasing the visibility of Modern Languages research in the North-East, we aim to turn a relatively remote part of the UK into a centre for the study of the similarly oft-peripheralised Caribbean.

Signalling the growing presence of Caribbean visual culture and film studies across Modern Languages departments, we seek to contribute to and expand a Global South-driven ‘view from the North’ in four workshops on the following topics:

  • Ecologies, landscapes & environments
  • Envisioning alternative knowledges
  • Tropes of the Caribbean in film
  • Connections across, within, and beyond the Caribbean

We are honoured to have Professor Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool) as our distinguished keynote speaker. We are also delighted to be able to show A Winter Tale, by one of the most influential protagonists in Caribbean diasporic cinema: director, writer and producer Frances-Anne Solomon, who will join us on skype for a conversation after the screening of her film.

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