Around the Corner: The Inaugural Rastafari Studies Conference

The Institute of Caribbean Studies announces the Inaugural Rastafari Studies Conference “Negotiating the African Presence: Rastafari Livity and Scholarship” will be held August 17 – 20, 2010, at the University of the West Indies-Mona Campus in Kingston, Jamaica.

The conference is being held in honor of the birthday of Pan-African champion and Jamaica’s first National Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey and in recognition two anniversaries:  the 80th anniversary of the Rastafari Movement and 50 years since the “Report on The Rastafari Movement in Kingston, Jamaica” was first published (by the then University College of the West Indies). This report, “authored by M.G. Smith, Roy Augier, and Rex Nettleford, validated the University’s sense of its social responsibility and remains one of its most successful monographs, having gone through eight reproductions without change in form or content, on its way to becoming a most highly referenced document on the Movement.” In the inaugural Rastafari Studies Conference is held under the Chairmanship of Emeritus Professor Sir Roy Augier.

This conference celebrates how the Rastafari Movement “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.”

The conference will include various tours, hikes, and other outings such as a tour of urban Kingston—the University of the West Indies Mona Campus, Trench Town, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Haile Selassie Secondary, and Country Farm House Liberty Hall—and  Jamnesia, roots reggae performances by young artists). Other tours include a hike to Blue Mountain Peak (2256m / 7402 ft) and a day at Bath Fountain (historical mineral spa located in St. Thomas).

For detailed information on these and other tours, please contact the Conference Secretariat at rastafaristudies2010@yahoo.com or call Jam Venture Tours and Services at (876)-927-4736 or (876) 990-0174, or by e-mail at jamventure@yahoo.com.

For more information, see http://ocs.mona.uwi.edu/ocs/index.php/rsc/inaugural

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