[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] A one-day symposium—“Rough Riding: Tanya Stephens and the Power of Music to Transform Society,” will take place on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre (Room N3) at the University of the West Indies-Mona, Jamaica. The keynote address—“Tanya Stephens as a Black Feminist Organic Intellectual of Dancehall/Reggae”—will be delivered by Ajamu Nangwaya (Institute of Caribbean Studies, UWI, Mona). Panelists include Mel Cooke, Carla Moore, Angelique V. Nixon, Tanya Batson Savage, and Leahcim Semaj.
Description: Tanya Stephens is one of the most critical thinking cultural workers and organic intellectuals produced by the Reggae and Dancehall genres. Arguably one of the best lyricists in the history of genres dominated by male counterparts, Stephens has maintained her relevance in the music industry for over two decades and has used it as a platform for social justice and political education.
This ground-breaking Symposium will honour, celebrate and affirm her body of work, while critically subjecting it to a scholarly interrogation under the theme “Rough Riding: Tanya Stephens and the Power of Music to Transform Society.”
For full post, see https://www.mona.uwi.edu/marcom/ecalendar/events/6678