CARISCC: Caribbean In/Securities—Creativity and Negotiation in the Caribbean


I just discovered (or, in a way, re-discovered) the blog produced by Caribbean In/Securities: Creativity and Negotiation in the Caribbean (CARISCC). We had previously posted information (via Mr. Jordens) on a conference hosted by the group—A Postgraduate Conference on Caribbean Insecurities and Creativity—and, more recently, I ran across it because its main page artwork is a detail from one of my favorite murals (from JR and José Parlá’s series “Wrinkles of the City”) but I had not yet explored this dynamic site. Led by Patricia Noxolo (University of Birmingham), the research project site includes blog posts, videos, network news, relevant reading, and a section called Opportunities, which lists forthcoming conferences, job opportunities, scholarships, and more. The international network project team includes Anyaa Anim-Addo, Susan Mains, Kevon Rhiney David Featherstone, Rivke Jaffe, and Ronald Cummings. The project will run between January 2016 and December 2018.


CARISCC is a Leverhulme Trust-supported interdisciplinary research network, which focuses on the interactions between two everyday arenas that are rarely summoned together: the precariousness of insecure livelihoods and neighbourhoods, and the negotiation of risk in cultural production, or creativity.

The Caribbean region is a crucible for everyday negotiations between security and insecurity (in/security). Indeed, Caribbean people deploy their creative energy to live with the everyday effects of poverty, inequality and violence, whilst generating globally influential creativity in political, literary, and dance cultures.

This research network redefines in/security in terms of the connections between precariousness and creativity, thus bringing a fresh focus to the study of global security.

Caribbean In/Securities: Creativity and Negotiation in the Caribbean (CARISCC) is an international research network which seeks to foster collaboration between seven leading universities in Caribbean studies: University of Birmingham, University of Leeds, University of Dundee, University of the West Indies, University of Glasgow , University of Amsterdam, and Brock University.

For more information, see

[Photo above (taken by photographer Helen Dancer, of one of the Havana murals by JR and José Parlá, from the series “Wrinkles of the City, Havana, Cuba.” Also see previous post: and José Parlá: Nature of Language.]

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