Decolonization, Social Movements and Performance in the Caribbean and Canada


[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] With a keynote address by Jamaican novelist and activist Erna Brodber, the conference “Decolonization, Social Movements and Performance in the Caribbean and Canada 1968-1988” is scheduled for October 24-26, 2019. All events (keynote speech, panels, roundtables, readings, workshops, performances) will take place at Founders College, York University, the University of Toronto; and A Different Booklist bookstore. All events are free and open to the public. See more information in the link.

Description: In response to increased inequality, dispossession and violence, scholars, artists, students and community members from the Caribbean and North America discuss decolonization between 1968-88 through the lens of performance and ask what this period’s repertoire of knowledge has to offer decolonial visions and struggles in the present.

  • Hands-on Performance Workshops with Diane Roberts and Camille Turner October 24, 1:00-6:00 PM
  • Opening Reception and book launch of The Coup Clock Clicks by Brian Meeks and featuring readings by Carol Lawes, Lillian Allen, Canisia Lubrin, Oonya Kempadoo and more October 24, 6:30-9:30 PM at A Different Booklist (779 Bathurst Street).
  • Keynote by Erna Brodber, Jamaican novelist and activist “After the Looking Glass: Blackspace and Emancipation” October 25, 6:30-8:00 PM, Jackman Humanities Building, University of Toronto, 170 St. George St. Room 100
  • Panels and Roundtables (Program Available)
    October 25-26, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, 305 Founders College, York University

Organized by:
B. Anthony Bogues, Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice, Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory, Brown University

Ronald Cummings, Associate Professor, English, Language and Literature, Brock University

Honor Ford-Smith, Associate Professor, Cultural and Artistic Practices for Social and Environmental Justice, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

For more information, see

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