Reggae Research Network Symposium

Event date Event time Event location
25/01/2017 10:00 am - 4:00 pm University of East Anglia, Norwich

One good thing about music is when it hits you, you feel no pain.’ Bob Marley, ‘Trenchtown rock’ (1973)

This Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded network is a joint initiative between the Translating Cultures theme and the Connected Communities programme, and is open to researchers and partners funded under those areas, as well as to the wider academic and music communities. The network’s programme of activities explores the neglected important popular music, political, religious culture of reggae.

Three events are being held over the next 12 months:

  • 25 January 2017 – an initial symposium at University of East Anglia, Norwich, scoping the field.
  • 19 May 2017 (tbc) – a symposium at Liverpool University, in association with the Institute of Popular Music.
  • Autumn 2017 – an industry, musicians and researchers conference in London.

Network Leads are:

  • Prof Charles Forsdick, Liverpool University
  • Prof Paul Gilroy, King’s College, London
  • Prof George McKay, University of East Anglia

The network’s programme of activities explores the neglected important popular music, political, religious culture of reggae. It will interrogate questions of:

  • race & identity
  • poetics, orature & language
  • music & (post-)subculture
  • musicians’ experiences and careers
  • sound and recording techniques
  • the practice of dub, sound system culture
  • politics, Babylon
  • Rastafarianism, faith and religion in music
  • narcotic (musical) cultures
  • masculinity and gender; women in reggae
  • related musical forms, from ska and bluebeat to ragga, dancehall, grime
  • white reggae, white Rastas
  • Caribbean and diasporic sonicities
  • anglophone and francophone reggaes
  • transatlantic transmission, translation, reception and refiguration

Speakers and network participants include:

  • Paul Carr, University of South Wales
  • Sara Cohen, University of Liverpool
  • Jez Collins, Birmingham City University
  • Charles Forsdick, University of Liverpool
  • Paul Gilroy, King’s College London
  • George McKay, University of East Anglia
  • Caspar Melville, SOAS, Bass Culture
  • Mykaell Riley, University of Westminster, Bass Culture
  • Les Roberts, University of Liverpool
  • Matthew J. Smith, University of the West Indies
  • Rob Strachan, University of Liverpool
  • Paul Ward, University of Huddersfield
  • Joy White, Independent Researcher

Travel and accommodation costs for speakers and contributors will be covered by the network.

For more information and to get involved please email Jessica Knights, Connected Communities Administrator at jessica.knights@uea.ac.uk

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