I am reblogging this post from Professor Carolyn Cooper, because it includes so much information – and the upcoming Caribbean Studies Association Conference (originally scheduled as face to face in Kingston, BUT…) promises much richness. And by the way, when is Jamaica going to have a recognition/monument for the UN Decade for People of African Descent (2015 – 2024)? It’s not too late.
The opening ceremony is tomorrow morning (Monday, May 30). I agree wholeheartedly with Prof Carolyn’s final comment:
“We cannot depend on politicians to lead the development process. Many of them are committed only to their personal enrichment. It is the creatives in all fields who will continue to inspire us to imagine new possibilities.” Thank you!
The 46th annual conference of the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) will be held online from May 30 to June 3. It should have been live and direct here in Kingston. But like so many other events, the conference has been dislocated by the pandemic for a second year. One of the profound lessons these unpredictable times have taught us is that we have to constantly adapt and adjust, whether we want to or not.
The conference chair is the formidable Eris Schoburgh, professor of public policy and management at The University of the West Indies, (UWI) Mona, Jamaica. An unapologetic disruptor, Professor Schoburgh has long wanted the Caribbean Studies Association to have a much stronger digital footprint. But some of her conservative colleagues wish to carry on in the same old way, travelling physically to academic conferences year after year. The pandemic has certainly put a spoke in their wheel.
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