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Decentred / Dissenting Connections: Envisioning Caribbean Film and Visual Cultures

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.

Date/Time: 29-30 May 2018

Venue: Newcastle University and Tyneside Cinema

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, the Arts and Humanities Research Council Open World Research Initiative, 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.

Attendance is free but registration is required. The deadline for registration is Monday 21 May.

For more information, please contact Dunja Fehimović or Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián.

 


Programme

 

 

 

Tuesday 29 May

10.00 10.30: Registration and Coffee

 

Armstrong Lounge / Bar, Armstrong Building

 

 

 

10.30 11.00: Opening Remarks

 

Lecture Theatre 2.16, Armstrong Building

 

 

 

11.00 13.00: Tropes of the Caribbean in Film

 

Facilitator: Patricia Oliart (Newcastle University)

 

Lecture Theatre 2.16, Armstrong Building

 

 

 

1.      'The country girl in the early cinema of Puerto Rico and Haiti' - Yarí Pérez Marín (Durham University)

 

2.      'Livity, trickery, madness: The other side of the tourist imaginary in three postcolonial Jamaican films' - Janelle Rodriques (UniversitätBremen)

 

3.      'The Wall of Words: Non-verbal communication as a means to ending loneliness, solitude and isolation in Cuban film' - Olivia Cooke (Queens University Belfast)

 

 

 

13.00 14.00: Lunch

 

Armstrong Lounge / Bar, Armstrong Building

 

 

 

14.00 16.00: Ecologies, Landscapes and Environments

 

Facilitator: Jonathan Pugh (Newcastle University)

 

Lecture Theatre 2.16, Armstrong Building

 

 

 

1.      'Counterflows: Liquid Ecologies and the Landscape in the Dominican Republic' - Lisa Blackmore (University of Essex)

 

2.      'Disentangling the Mangrove: Violences Fast and Slow, and the Environmentalism of the Poor' - Rory O'Bryen (University of Cambridge)

 

3.      'Twin Peripheries: Colombia’s Dos Mares and the Political Imaginary' - Nick Morgan (Newcastle University)

 

4.      ‘Conflicted Islandscapes of Recent Caribbean Cinema: Jeffrey (2016) by Yanillys Pérez, and Keyla (2017) by Viviana Gómez Echeverry’ – Francisco-J. Hernández-Adrián (Durham University)

 

 

 

 

16.00 - 16.30: Coffee and Refreshments

Armstrong Lounge / Bar, Armstrong Building

 

 

 

17.00 19.00: Screening and Discussion

 

Tyneside Cinema, Digital Lounge

 

A Winter Tale (2007), and Skype conversation with the director, Frances-Anne Solomon.

 

 

Wednesday 30 May

 

 

09.30 - 10.00: Registration and Coffee

 

Armstrong Lounge / Bar, Armstrong Building

 

 

 

10.00 12.00: Connections Across, Within, and Beyond the Caribbean

 

Facilitator: Jorge Catalá Carrasco (Newcastle University)

 

Lecture Theatre 2.16, Armstrong Building

 

 

 

1.      ‘A Global-Moral Nexus: Contemporary Art and Caribbean Community' - Leon Wainwright (Open University)

 

2.      '(In)Visibility in the Black Caribbean: The Cases of Cuba, Nicaragua and Colombia' – Julie Cupples, Charlotte Gleghorn and Raquel Ribeiro (University of Edinburgh)

 

3.      'Representations of the Mainland Caribbean: Dissidents from a Central American Ideal' - Luis Fallas (Newcastle University)

 

 

 

12.00 13.00: Lunch

 

Armstrong Lounge / Bar, Armstrong Building

 

 

 

13.00 15.00: Envisioning Alternative Knowledges

 

Marc Botha (Durham University)

 

Lecture Theatre 2.16, Armstrong Building

 

 

 

1.      'See We Here: Caribbean Archives, Memory and Critical Aesthetics' - Roshini Kempadoo (University of Westminster, London)

 

2.      'Video Ethnography in Practice: An Introduction to Tambú' - Nanette de Jong (Newcastle University)

 

3.      'Repeating Islands’ – Amanda Alfaro Córdoba (UCL)

 

4.      'Tropical Exposures: Early Film Histories of the Caribbean' - Dunja Fehimović (Newcastle University)

 

 

 

 

15.00 - 15.15: Coffee and Refreshments

Armstrong Lounge / Bar, Armstrong Building

 

 

 

15.15 16.30: Keynote and Discussion


Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool) - 'Unthinkability, Unfilmability? The Haitian Revolution on Screen'

 

Lecture Theatre 2.16, Armstrong Building

 

 

 

 

 

16.30: Closing Remarks

Lecture Theatre 2.16, Armstrong Building

Acknowledges help from the Institute of ML Research, OWRI, and Newcastle University
The conference organisers gratefully acknowledge sponsorship received from the IMLR, AHRC OWRI and Newcastle University.