The Jamaican 1970s: A Symposium


“The Jamaican 1970s: A Symposium,” a collaboration between the University of Miami, CUNY Graduate Center, Columbia University, and the Small Axe Project, takes place on September 28, 2017, from 1:00 to 6:00pm at the Skylight Room in the Graduate Center-CUNY (365 Fifth Avenue, New York) and September 29, 2017, 10:00am to 6:00pm at the Heyman Center at Columbia University (74 Morningside Drive). This symposium is free and open to the public.


Thursday, 28 September
The Skylight Room, Graduate Center, CUNY

1:00-1:30pm: Opening remarks: Don Robotham
1:30-2:15pm: Opening remarks: Donette Francis

2:30-4:30pm: The Popular
Rachel Mordecai, On Reading Jamaica Inc., Seriously: Sensational(ist) Seventies Literature
Eddie Chambers, Jamaica’s influence on the making of Black Britain

5:00-6:00pm: Monuments
Petrina Dacres, Sculpture, Architectural Modernism and Memory in 1970s Jamaica

6:00pm: CUNY reception

Friday, 29 September
The Heyman Center, Columbia University

10:00-12:00pm: Sustaining Social Movements
Kimberly Robinson-Walcott, “Black Man Time Now!” Race, Class, and Culture in 1970s Jamaica
Rupert Lewis, The Jamaican Left: Dogmas, Theories, and Politics, 1974-1980

1:30-3:30pm: Autobiographical Reflections
Honor Ford Smith, Performance, Decolonization and Life Stories: Sistren Theatre Collective and the Search for Radical Alternatives in the Present
Brian Meeks, Reading the Seventies in a Different Stylie: Dub Poetry and the Urgency of Message

4:00-6:00pm: General Conversation
Don Robotham and David Scott

Saturday, 30 September
Department of Anthropology, Columbia University
9:30-12:00pm: Project Discussion (by invitation only)


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