Friday, December 04, 2009

Rastafari 80th Anniversary - Call For Papers.....

Negotiating the African Presence: Rastafari Livity and Scholarship

Rastafari Conference 2010

August 17 – 20, 2010

University of the West Indies Mona


2010 will mark 50 years since the "Report on The Rastafari Movement in Kingston, Jamaica" was first published by the then University College of the West Indies. The Report, authored by M.G. Smith, Roy Augier and Rex Nettleford, validated the University’s sense of its social responsibility and remains one its most successful monographs, having gone through eight reproductions without change in form or content, becoming a most highly referenced document on the Movement.

2010 also marks the 80th anniversary of the Rastafari Movement itself, which has grown from a few visionaries struck by the coronation of the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I in November 1930, into a vital force in reconstructing and elevating the African Presence in the Western landscape. In recognition of these two anniversaries, and on the birthday of Pan-African champion, the Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, the Institute of Caribbean Studies announces the inaugural Rastafari Studies Conference to be held August 17 - 20, 2010 at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies, under the Joint Chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Emeritus, Prof. Rex Nettleford and Prof. Emeritus, Sir Roy Augier.

Call for papers
Interested scholars are invited to submit abstracts of no more than 150-200 words by April 21, 2010, for presentation of papers on any of the following themes:
Conference themes:
‘Reasoning’ and Articulating African ‘Freedom’
Rastafari Thought and Philosophy
Rastafari and the City Historicising
Rastafari and the State
Rastafari Reflections: The Visit of HIM Emperor Haile Selassie I to Jamaica
Theocracy, Resistance and the Elaboration of Black ReligionRoutinization and New Religious Movements
Interrogating Rastafari Icons & Iconographies
Rastafari Studies and Institutions of Higher Learning
Rastafari Communities and Sustainable Development
Rastafari and the Black Intellectual Tradition
Rastafari Tributes & Testimonies
Repatriation to Africa as Practice: Case Studies Rastafari Geographies and Demographics
Regional and Global Reach of Rastafari
Rastafari and other Caribbean Worldviews
Universities and Corporate Social Responsibility
Social Movements, Change and Identity
Diasporan Citizenry
Youth, Pedagogy and Rebuilding African Diaspora Communities
Family, Gender & Power in Rastafari
Staging/Representing Rastafari: Literature, Film, Media & Reggae Festivals
Rastafari Drumming Rituals Health and Healing: Rastafari Ministries
Negotiating the Twenty First Century: Rastafari in the Global Moment
Rastafari and the Caribbean Arts

The conference welcomes creative and non-academic contributions through workshops, video presentations, artistic displays and other forms of expression.

Abstracts may be submitted to Final date for the submission of abstracts is April 21, 2010. For more information visit our website:

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