In marking the contributions of one of its distinguished members, the Department of Government, University of the West Indies, Mona will host a conference in honour of Professor Rupert Lewis. The conference will be held under the theme "Black Radical Thought, Pedagogy and Praxis: A Conference in Honour of Professor Rupert Lewis," October 10 -12, 2013 at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica. Rupert Lewis has spent a lifetime dedicated to teaching and activism meant to affirm people of African descent in the Caribbean and globally. His work on Marcus Garvey and Walter Rodney has been critical to the search for knowledge and understanding in the realities of African Diaspora peoples. He has also been involved in giving practical expression to Pan African ideals through efforts to build institutions of scholarship in Africa and its Diaspora and through activism. Rupert Lewis has also been a thinker and activist of the Left.
We invite proposals for individual papers or panel discussions looking at or related to the themes of scholarship and activism of Rupert Lewis. The themes include the following:
The Life and Times of Rupert Lewis: From Colonial Jamaica to Post- colonial Revolution
The press as activism – The Blackman, Abeng and Struggle
Youths’/Students’ Social and Political activism in post-colonial society: The 1960s, 1970s....prospects in the 21st century
The intellectual: Social and political activism
Caribbean political thought: Issues relating to Blackness , nationalism, regionalism, sovereignty and development.
Walter Rodney, Black Power and Narratives of the Post-colonial Journey
Epistemology, Pedagogy, Identity and Black Sovereignty: Africa in Post-Colonial Caribbean Imagination and Intellectual Culture
Walter Rodney’s Intellectual and political thought
Walter Rodney’s political activism.
The Workers Party of Jamaica and left political parties and movements of the Caribbean the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s: Issues of Governance in Post-colonial Society
Class, race, ethnicity, colour and social change, democracy and empowerment in Jamaica/ the Caribbean
Ideology, organizational principles and programmes of parties and movements of the Caribbean Left; critical assessment and legacies.
Garveyism in the Americas and Africa
Marcus Garvey: Anti-colonial champion, Pan- Africanism and gender
Psychological Garveyism /Black consciousness: relevance to agency, identity and being
Garveyism, innovation and enterprise
Post-Garvey Pan-Africanism/Black Nationalism.
Culture, Spirituality and Creativity: Artistic expressions in shaping Identity, Sovereignty and Political Culture
The representation of Marcus Garvey in popular art and culture and the shaping of identity and sovereignty
Garveyism and Rastafari.
Pedagogy and Institution Building: Education and Socialization
Teaching Garveyism in school and the wider society
Liberty Hall after Garvey: Education, self-repair and community development
The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica and the Jamaica Memory Bank
The Caribbean and Africa: making connections in scholarship and activism.
Send submissions for individual papers and panels by April 30, 2013 to Maziki Thame, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Acceptances should be advised by May 30, 2013. Abstracts should be approximately 150 words. They should include title of proposed paper, presenter’s /presenters’ name(s), position(s), institutional and departmental affiliation (if any).
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