The Jamaican 1970s: A Symposium

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Friday, September 29, 2017  10:00am - 5:00pm The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room


Free and open to the public

No registration necessary

First come, first seated


David Scott

    Event Videos
    The Jamaican 1970s: A Symposium; Panel 1: Sustaining Social Movements
    The Jamaican 1970s: A Symposium; Panel 2: Autobiographical Reflections
    The Jamaican 1970s: A Symposium; Panel 3: General Conversation

View the livestream here. 


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)


  • Speaker

    Eddie Chambers

    Professor, Art History: African Diaspora Art

    University of Texas at Austin

  • Speaker

    Petrina Dacres

    Head of the Art History Department

    Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performance Art, Kingston

  • Speaker

    Honor Ford-Smith

    Associate Professor in the Community Arts Practice

    York University

  • Speaker

    Rupert Lewis

    Professor in Political Thought

    The University of the West Indies, Mona

  • Speaker

    Brian Meeks

    Professor of Africana Studies, Chair of Africana Studies

    Brown University

  • Speaker

    Rachel L. Mordecai

    Associate Professor of English

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  • Speaker

    Kimberly Robinson-Walcott

    Editor of Caribbean Quarterly

    University of the West Indies, Mona

  • Speaker

    Donald Robotham

    Professor of Anthropology

    City University of New York, Graduate Center

  • Convener

    David Scott

    Professor of Anthropology

    Columbia University

  • Convener

    Donette Francis

    Associate Professor and Director of American Studies

    University of Miami


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