Call for Papers—“Imagining Kingston”: A Conference on the Regeneration of a City

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Organized by University of the West Indies-Mona, in collaboration with the Institute of Jamaica, “Imagining Kingston”: A Conference on the Regeneration of a City, will take place on November 9-12, 2017. Deadline: Abstracts (250 words maximum) and short bios are due by August 1, 2017. The deadline for submission of completed papers to be presented is October 1, 2017.

The restoration of old, historic, depressed or derelict quarters of cities is a common feature of social, economic, aesthetic and environmental development strategies around the world.

Restoration and regeneration are often used as the basis to catalyse and to chart pathways for economic growth and renewal, to pioneer new sectors of social and economic endeavours, and to cultivate pride and civic feeling in a people’s existential journey. The scholarship and expertise in this area are growing globally and providing governments/policy makers, investors/entrepreneurs, citizens and various publics with knowledge, advice, training/agential capacity, building facilities and skills for urban renewal, regeneration and a multiplicity of possibilities, including imagining and realizing new exciting urban spatial creations alongside the iconising of spaces.

We have in Kingston old quarters, a geography of dereliction, social discomfort and crime that rank this city in the top thirty in the world with respect to murder. But this city is a global cultural icon, the birth place of Ska, Rock Steady, Reggae, Dub, Nyabinghi and Dancehall. It became a global centre for sonic/lyrical design and is designated a creative music city by UNESCO. It contains the aesthetic, imaginative and experiential seeds of possibility. This Kingston town is waiting to be the catalyst for a fundamental expansion of tourism in Jamaica. Kingston is beckoning us to imagine tourism differently to reflect the creative and cultural ethos it birthed and changed the sonic/lyrical landscape of the world forever. Imagine Kingston as the cultural capital of the Caribbean, a centre of innovation, creativity, design, arts, culture and attendant services.

It is in this context that the University of the West Indies (UWI) in association with the Jamaica Music Museum is calling on artists, educators and scholars of urban planning and renewal/regeneration studies; urban waterfront development studies; architecture and urban design and landscape studies; cultural studies; urban environmental studies; urban tourism and entertainment; education, culture, the arts and sports; governance and community development, to imagine Kingston and image Kingston in a major conference on the regeneration of Kingston, November 9-12, 2017.

The following themes are guides for you to prepare your abstracts, papers/presentations, videos, photography and other presentations of an artistic nature of no more than 250 words: Iconising spaces: imagine architecture, parks and gardens, monuments, outdoor visual art, drama, music/dance; Maintaining Kingston as a creative city; Imagine cruise ships, restaurants, waterfront entertainment development; Imagine Kingston the logistical hub: creative, cultural and artistic possibilities; Imagine tours in Kingston and places on its outskirts: Old Spanish Town Square, Pinnacle, Cane River, Yallas, New Castle, etc.; Imagine Kingston as galleries and museums and the birth place of Ska, Rock Steady, Reggae, Dub, Nyabinghi and Dancehall; Imagine Port Royal; Imagine Sports in Kingston; Imagine Festivals: festivals of food and music, masquerades and spirituality; Imagine Kingston environmentally; Remembering Kingston to (re)/imagine Kingston; Imagine governance and community in Kingston; Imagine sources and modes of capitalising/financing Kingston’s restoration; and Imagine urban studies and training as well as the marketing of education in the Caribbean and beyond.

Please send your abstract of no more than 250 words along with short bio by August 1, 2017 to:

The deadline for submission of papers to be presented is October 1, 2017.

Conference Organizers: Clinton Hutton (Department of Government; University of the West Indies, Mona Campus); Herbie Miller (The Jamaica Music Museum, Institute of Jamaica; Sonjah Stanley Niaah (Institute of Caribbean Studies; University of the West Indies, Mona Campus).


[Image above: Sidney McLaren’s “King and Barry Street” (1971), Collection: National Gallery of Jamaica.]

One thought on “Call for Papers—“Imagining Kingston”: A Conference on the Regeneration of a City

  1. This sounds absolutely fantastic!
    Is it open to none graduates? Self employed ad well as working professionals?

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