7th Global Reggae Conference

February 16, 2022 - 9:00am to February 19, 2022 - 3:00pm [EST -05:00]

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7th Global Reggae Conference 2022

Event Location:
University of the West Indies, Mona

The Institute of Caribbean Studies and Reggae Studies Unit at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and the Perry Henzell Estate are delighted to announce the staging of the 7th Global Reggae Conference under the theme ‘Reggae Films, Reggae Icons, Reggae Music’ in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of The Harder They Come. Considered the Jamaican dub on Robin Hood, based on the main character of the ‘Reggae singer turn outlaw hero’, The Harder They Come was released on June 6, 1972 and became a cult film internationally. On the 2020 Rolling Stones list of top 500 film soundtracks The Harder They Come was ranked 174. The Harder They Come soundtrack has also been added to the Library of Congress catalogue making it the second reggae album to be added after Bob Marley’s Burnin and Lootin’.

Jamaica’s first feature film, The Harder They Come was produced and directed by Perry Henzell, co-written by Trevor D. Rhone, and is most famous for its reggae soundtrack, the making of icons, and its portrayal of Jamaican life. Not only did the film take reggae music worldwide but ultimately, the Jamaican language, ‘Rude Boy’ aesthetics and the ‘unorthodoxy’ of its filmic production. This Reggae film is often described as “possibly the most influential of Jamaican films and one of the most important films from the Caribbean”. Importantly, The Harder They Come has provided a space within Reggae Studies, Film & Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, and Celebrity Studies among other fields of inquiry for dialogue, criticism, production, academic writings and performance in numerous arenas.

Hosted typically as a premier biennial event, in this its 7th staging, the Global Reggae Conference shifts to a triennial offering in 2022. Hosted inside Jamaica’s Reggae Month, this conference will engage academics within a wide field of scholastic orientations and practice. In celebration of the productive space created by the film, this conference aims to bring together students, scholars, filmmakers, researchers, writers, critics, music aficionados, and artists to deliberate on the conference theme. This event comes as part of larger project on music, popular culture and Reggae Studies in particular, through which scholars, students, institutions have engaged in partnership to expand scholarship and outreach through research, creative production, community engagement, experimentation, archive building, and exhibitions, among others.

Proposed papers, exhibitions, experimental media, presentations and displays made through innovative uses of media, music and technology alongside traditional formats. Presentation proposals from musicians, artistes and students are welcome.

Abstracts for individual or panel presentations of no more than 250 words supported by a short biography no longer than 75 words, should be submitted to the conference organisers for international peer review.

For pre-organised panels, include one abstract for each presenter. Each abstract should include the following information: name of author/authors; email address/es; name of associated institution; and keywords of presentation. 

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