‘Journey Round Myself’:

Crossing Borders. Strengthening Connections. Breaking Boundaries.

The theme for CARIFESTA XIV Symposia 2019 is “Journey Round Myself”, the expression is taken from the title of an article written by Errol Hill in 1999.  The article traces the pathways that Hill himself traversed as he contemplated the efficacy of his own thesis that made a case for using the Trinidad Carnival as a foundation for the establishment of a National Theatre.

This ‘journey round himself’ contemplated what he believed was necessary for Caribbean people to deploy their cultural resources and assets in the service of their own well being.  Hill argued that the construction of a Caribbean aesthetic was critical for the realization and celebration of Caribbean civilization. But he cautioned that the process of arrival involved critical self-interrogation, collaboration, imagination and a keen sensitivity to the wider world. He believed that Caribbean ways of life, as well as its cultural expressions, had to be ‘grounded in their own traditions’ for them to be sustainable.

Twenty years after Hill’s publication, CARIFESTA XIV will host the symposium, ‘Journey Round Myself’ to reflect on and interrogate his views. It will explore the various idioms, voices, and cosmologies of the region’s cultural dynamics by re-visiting Hill’s articulation of the role of the creative in Caribbean societies.

The presentations will examine if and how the diversity of creative expressions in the region can be used to harness deeper connections among and between communities both at home and abroad, as well as between academe, practitioners, and policymakers.  In so doing, it will examine the ways in which the creative and cultural core might be useful in understanding self, improving access, promoting innovation, enabling social justice and equality, fostering transformation and encouraging sustainable economic growth.

The symposium will examine the variety of contexts in which art practitioners, researchers, creative entrepreneurs, artist managers, funders and policy makers operate.  It will enable comparisons, co-learning, and exchanges on these issues and encourage building bridges between cultural research and practice.

We welcome presentations in the form of papers, posters, showcases, short films, performances, workshops or master classes. This symposium will address the ways of life in the region as well as the arts and cultural industries such as the performing arts, festivals, heritage and memory, museums, visual arts, film production and distribution, book publishing, broadcasting, audio-visual media, design etc.

We invite participants to submit abstracts on the following themes:

• Arts and social change in the Caribbean
• Art and the evolution of a Caribbean Aesthetic
• Arts participation and accessibility
• Art and cultural consumption
• Arts and communities
• Creative Entrepreneurship
• Cultural and Creative Industries
• Cultural Heritage and Policy Management
• Cultural institutions and business strategies
• Cultural agency for social intervention
• Cultural policy development and implementation
• Funding and Financing of public art
• Fundraising, patronage, and sponsorship
• Preservation & Destruction of tangible & intangible heritage
• Indigenous traditions and Caribbean creativity
• Post-colonial issues in cultural management
• Change management in cultural organisations
• Collaboration and clustering in the creative sector
• Creative cities and communities


Abstracts must follow the formatting guidelines:

• The heading must include title, type of presentation (paper, poster, workshop etc.) name and email address of the author(s), and thematic area.
• A short 50-word biographical note on the author(s).
• A description of 300 words or less, including details of the key area(s) of inquiry and anticipated conclusion(s)

Abstracts must be emailed in either PDF or Word format to no later than February 22nd, 2019. Please be sure the subject line reads: ABSTRACT SUBMISSION.

We will accept individual papers as well as full panels.  Notification of acceptance will be communicated by April 30th, 2019.

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