The Caribbean, the Arts and the Cultural Industries: Negotiating Tradition, Aesthetics, Economics and Legacy

The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, in partnership with the Host Country Management Committee for CARIFESTA XIII, invites participation in the CARIFESTA XIII Symposium entitled “The Caribbean, the Arts and the Cultural Industries: Negotiating Tradition, Aesthetics, Economics and Legacy.”

The Symposium will be hosted at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Campus, Barbados, from 19-23 August 2017.

The CARIFESTA XIII Symposium presents an opportunity for the exploration of the myriad identities arising from artistic and cultural expressions, as well as intellectual endeavours, within the Caribbean region and its diaspora. The Symposium seeks to facilitate creative and scholarly spaces in which participants engage in a keen exploration of the complex manifestations of the culture(s) of the Caribbean and beyond.

The Symposium also offers the opportunity for participants to interrogate concepts of the arts, of culture and the cultural industries. Their place in strategies for the development of the region is anticipated to be of special interest.

Additionally, the Symposium will feature Roundtable Discussions on Cultural Policy, Copyright and Intellectual Policy and the Creative Arts and the Academy, with participation by leading arts practitioners and scholars.

Please carefully note that presentations at the Symposium may be via a wide range of media as well as formats, including print, visual, sonic, film, as well as combinations thereof. Hence, the Symposium welcomes participation via conference papers, dance performances, film screenings, masquerade, theatre performance, visual art, poster presentations et al.

We especially welcome presentations that address, but are not limited to the following topics:

  1. Indigenous Cultural Forms, Spirituality and Artistic Expressions
  2. Traditional Masquerade and Aesthetics in the Caribbean
  3. Caribbean Culture and Embodied Identities
  4. The Creative Arts and Knowledge Production: Valuing the Creative Process
  5. Arts Education in the Caribbean
  6. Caribbean Culture and Global Challenges
  7. Cultural Industries and Economic Development
  8. Festival Tourism: Whither it’s Legacy?
  9. Intellectual Policy: Initiatives and Challenges
  10. The Caribbean Film Experience: Aesthetics and Economic Concerns
  11. Caribbean Soundscapes: Music; Copyright; Archives
  12. Reparations and Caribbean Identities
  13. Community Museums: Challenges and Legacy
  14. Caribbean Cuisine: Food practices and Foodways
  15. Orality and Rhythms of culture


  1. We invite individuals who are interested in participating in the Symposium to submit abstracts (250 words maximum) online at
  2. The deadline for submission is 28 April 2017.
  3. Participants will be notified by 15 May 2017.
  4. Papers/presentations that require special equipment, installation space, rooms, translation services, etc., must be indicated on the submission form.

For further information:
Email: or visit the Symposium Website at

Symposium Conveners:
UWI Cave Hill: Marcia Burrowes; Jennifer Hinkson; Andrew Millington; Harclyde Walcott; Alison Johnson (Admin Assistant)Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth: Andrea King; John Hunte

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