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Memory/Postmemory, Music and Identity Conference

An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Caribbean and its Diaspora was held at Warwick University on 25 April 2009.  The conference was entitled "Memory/Postmemory, Music & Identity: The Construction of a Diasporic Black Caribbean Experience" and was organised by fellow PhD student La Tasha Brown.  A number of well-known speakers attended including Dr Carole Boyce Davies (right) from Cornell University in New York, who has published extensively on Black women writers.  I chaired a panel on 'Identity.' For more information on this and to read my notes on the panel, click here

 

Arriving at the event.  I helped La Tasha Brown, the conference organiser, to set things up on the day.

Arriving at the event.  I helped La Tasha Brown, the conference organiser, to set things up on the day.

 

 

Dr Denise Noble from Drake University in the US, with Dr Carole Boyce Davies and La Tasha Brown.  Dr Davies was the key note speaker at the event.

Dr Denise Noble from Drake University in the US, with Dr Carole Boyce Davies and La Tasha Brown.  Dr Davies was the key note speaker at the event.

 

 

The panel I chaired consisted of La Tasha Brown, Michael McMillan, Dr Scooter Pégram of Indiana University Northwest who spoke on "Bass, Race and Real Like: How Hip-Hop Reflects Acculturation and Alienation among Young Haitian Males in Quebec," and Dr William (Lez) Henry who gave a paper entitled: "Overstanding Head-Decay-Shun: Too BLAK for your own good!!"

The panel I chaired consisted of La Tasha Brown, Michael McMillan, Dr Scooter Pégram of Indiana University Northwest who spoke on "Bass, Race and Real Life: How Hip-Hop Reflects Acculturation and Alienation among Young Haitian Males in Quebec," and Dr William (Lez) Henry who gave a paper entitled: "Overstanding Head-Decay-Shun: Too BLAK for your own good!!"

The audience were very responsive to all the papers, and we had extensive discussions after each panel. The audience was very responsive to all the papers, and had extensive discussions after each panel.

La Tasha Brown's paper was based on her PhD thesis and was titled: "The Socio-Psychological Effects of Memory and (Re)-Memory in the Construction of the Transnational Jamaican Black Identity."

La Tasha Brown's paper was based on her PhD thesis and was titled: "The Socio-Psychological Effects of Memory and (Re)-Memory in the Construction of the Transnational Jamaican Black Identity."

 

 

 

Michael McMillan is a well-known writer and playwrighr, curator and artist.  He is currently studying for a PhD at Middlesex University.  He spoke on: "The West Indian Front Room: From the Radiogram to Raving."

Michael McMillan is a well-known writer and playwright, curator and artist.  He is currently studying for a PhD at Middlesex University.  He spoke on: "The West Indian Front Room: From the Radiogram to Raving."

 

 

Dr Noble presented a paper entitled: "That's not Disgusting, That's My Culture: Transnational Jamaican Music and Global Black Britishness.

Dr Noble presented a paper entitled: "That's not Disgusting, That's My Culture: Transnational Jamaican Music and Global Black Britishness.

Dr John Gilmore from the Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies at Warwick University chaired a panel on 'literature' and gave the Closing Remarks.

Dr John Gilmore from the Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies at Warwick University chaired a panel on 'literature' and gave the Closing Remarks.

The 'Conference Crew' - myself, Dawn Coton (History PhD student) and La Tasha Brown.

The 'Conference Crew' - myself, Dawn Coton (History PhD student) and La Tasha Brown.

 

 

At the end of a long but successful day, the delegates and speakers appreciated a nice glass of wine!

At the end of a long but successful day, the delegates and speakers appreciated a nice glass of wine!

 

 

 

 

 

 Carole Boyce Davies

“identity must be constantly constructed in the context of other identities, always shifting depending on whom one encounters” (Nfar-Abbenyi, 33).