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12th July, 2018

Caribbean women (post) diaspora: African Caribbean interconnections

London South Bank University

Event Details

12th July, 2018
9:30 - 17:00
LSBU Southwark Campus - Keyworth Centre, Keyworth Street, London SE1 6NG

LSBU is hosting an international conference focusing on African Caribbean women’s identities and routes to agency in the contemporary world

This international, interdisciplinary conference is the final event of the AHRC funded African-Caribbean Women’s Post-Diaspora Network. This research network was established to propose new ways of thinking about diaspora in contemporary African-Caribbean contexts. In seminars and workshops we tested the effectiveness of post-diaspora as a concept that might be used to re-imagine new means by which Caribbean women’s experiences of migration are transformed in twenty-first century contexts of globalisation.

Contributors examine the political, imaginative, effective and economic affiliations that challenge the proscriptions of the nation-state, and the social and cultural boundaries used to define gender norms and identities. This conference includes papers on visual representations of migration, diaspora and African-Caribbean women’s interconnected cultures, auto-ethnographic accounts and interrogations, literary representations including readings by award-winning authors Diana Evans and Alecia McKenzie, and sociocultural and anthropological analysis of the conference themes.

The discussion will provide a timely intervention into contemporary debates in the UK about immigration, and in particular the hostile treatment of the so-called Windrush Generation and their descendants.

Keynote Speakers

  • Diana Evans author of the prize-winning novel 26aThe Wonder and Ordinary People.
  • Alecia McKenzie, author of the short story collections Satellite CityStories from Yard and the prize-winning novel Sweetheart.
  • Dr Jan Etienne, Birkbeck College, University of London.
  • Dr Gina Athena Ulysse, Wesleyan College, CT, USA.
  • Desrie Thomson-George, visual artist and co-founder of the publishing company Black Ink.

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