Update: Deadline March 30th: The Politics of the Visual and the Vocal in Caribbean Space
From carnival costumes to music, from paintings to folktales, from sculptures to spoken words, artists and storytellers have used the cultures of the Caribbean Basin to create unique expressions that critically filter our perceptions of socio-cultural identity. These artistic forms are historical or more contemporary forays into the region's politics and economies. In recent years, several artists have emerged to illustrate a shared heritage such as Laurent Valere in Martinique and Antonius Roberts in the Bahamas or have solidified their international standing such as Edouard Duval-Carrie. Artist-scholars such as Rex Nettleford and Leroy Clarke have interrogated the critical links and the constructions of identity realized through the artist's eye.
The issues presented by these artists and scholars have created a platform for a more profound discourse involving identity, the arts and culture, political economy, media and communication and even technology. How do the arts and culture related to the Caribbean function in the political economy of communication? What gaps exist in the political economy of communication concerning the Caribbean that the arts and culture can begin to fill? How do they contribute to the negotiation of a social totality, an individual totality or a discursive totality? In what ways do they assist in the directing of a social imaginary toward nationalist or regional thought?
This second issue will seek to explore intersections of as well as separate historical and current artistic expressions of Caribbean identity through visual or vocal modes of expression and how they relate to contemporary issues facing the Caribbean Basin today. How they influence, and interject in Caribbean politics and interpolate Caribbean subjects, and enter into a political economy of communication.
We welcome 4000-5000 word essays in English. Artwork, music, dance, poetry, mas or junkanoo designs or any other artistic expression with blurbs in English, French, Spanish, Dutch, dialect or creole are welcome as well as films in any language with subtitles in English. Research papers on visual or vocal modes of expression as well as interviews of contemporary artists in English are also welcome. Please send information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions is January 30th 2011.
All visuals should be sent in jpg format. Films should be no longer than 30 minutes. Please contact us for information on acceptable film formats.
Submissions are welcomed but not limited to the following themes.
- When music/ the spoken word meets politics: Caribbean social commentary
through music ( calypso, rapso, zouk, reggae and other genres)
- The politics of Musical Fusions
- Underground Movements- spoken word etc
- The politics of Literature, Dialects and Orature
- Photography and identity
- Contemporary painting toward nationalist thought
Entrepreneurship & Culture
- Morphing or Dying Cultural forms- from ideology, custom and culture to
commercialism and commodification
- The Arts in the Press, Media Management of the Arts
- Support for the Arts-governmental, company, institutions and programs etc
- Building for the Arts/with the Arts in Mind
- The Politics of Culture and Architecture
- The impact of tourism on artistic expressions of identity/ Tourism & the Arts
- Regional integration through the arts
- Bottoms Up-Constructing Caribbean Policies from the Arts and Culture
- Consultation and Artistic Resurrection
- Publishing and the Arts
- Archives, Orature and Posterity
- Visual Iconographies and post-post colonial identities