This conference aims to bring together academics, curators and creators to explore some of the key thematic priorities and political challenges which have begun to define Caribbean visual culture since the beginning of the twenty first century. The conference will address the cultural predicaments staged in the visual cultures of the English, Spanish, French and Dutch Caribbean. It also seeks to address the way different versions of the Caribbean are created and recreated within contemporary US and European contexts. Contemporary Caribbean visual practices, through multiple, often disturbing mechanisms, continue to wrestle with the nation-diaspora polemic which was an important feature of various twentieth-century cultural and political agendas. More importantly, however, they also propose new insights on questions of citizenship and new ways of interpreting globalization and transnationalism.
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Conrad James (Department of Modern Languages, University of Birmingham) and Carlos Garrido Castellano (Departamento de Historia del Arte, Universidad de Granada).
[Images: Jorge Pineda and Belkis Ramírez (República Dominicana)]