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Digital Black Atlantic Project’s Caribbean Queer Visualities, April 2-3, 2015

  • Schermerhorn Hall Extension, Columbia University (map)

Caribbean Queer Visualities, co-sponsored by the CCSD working group the Digital Black Atlantic Project, reflects on and stimulates the production of creative and critical work that takes seriously the emergence of heterodox personal and public identities, identities that breach or subvert or evade the heteronormativities of colonial and postcolonial modes of being and self-expression. Growing in part out of a concern about the catastrophes of sexual othering, not to say sexual violence, so rampant in the Caribbean, the conference asks whether or to what extent “queer” offers a way of understanding the contemporary in Caribbean visual art practice, and in scholarly considerations of this practice. Why is it imperative for Caribbean cultural workers—intellectuals and artists—to think about the efficacy of “queer”? What might thinking through “queer” illuminate about the contemporary in Caribbean art practice?

The schedule for the conference is listed below: 

Thursday, 2 April 2015 – Room 754 Schermerhorn Extension

5:00pm          Opening        David Scott

5:15pm          Session I       Richard Fung and Terri Francis

6:15pm          Reception

Friday, 3 April 2015 – Room 963 Schermerhorn Extension

9:45am          Introduction   Nijah Cunningham

10:00am        Session II      Nadia Huggins and Angelique V. Nixon

11:00am        Session III     Jorge Pineda and Maja Horn

12:00pm        Lunch

2:00pm          Session IV    Charl Landvreugd and Rosamund S. King

3:00pm          Session V     Jean-Ulrick Désert and Jerry Philogene

4:30pm         Closing remarks  Kellie Jones, Associate Professor, Columbia University

Co-Sponsored by:
Department of Anthropology, Columbia University * Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS), Columbia University * Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality (IRWGS), Columbia University * The Digital Black Atlantic Project (DBAP), Columbia University * Small Axe * The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Questions please email : DAS133@COLUMBIA.EDU OR NNC 2109@COLUMBIA.EDU