Digital Black Atlantic Project’s Caribbean Queer Visualities, April 2-3, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 5:00pm to Friday, April 3, 2015 - 9:30am
Schermerhorn Hall Extension, Columbia University
Caribbean Queer Visualities, co-sponsored by the CCSD working group the Digital Black Atlantic Project, reflects on and stimulates the production of creative and critical work that takes seriously the emergence of heterodox personal and public identities, identities that breach or subvert or evade the heteronormativities of colonial and postcolonial modes of being and self-expression. Growing in part out of a concern about the catastrophes of sexual othering, not to say sexual violence, so rampant in the Caribbean, the conference asks whether or to what extent “queer” offers a way of understanding the contemporary in Caribbean visual art practice, and in scholarly considerations of this practice. Why is it imperative for Caribbean cultural workers—intellectuals and artists—to think about the efficacy of “queer”? What might thinking through “queer” illuminate about the contemporary in Caribbean art practice?
The schedule for the conference is available here
Thursday April 2, 2015, 5pm – 8pm, 754 Schermerhorn Hall Extension
Friday April 3, 2015, 9:30am-5:30pm, 963 Schermerhorn Hall Extension
Writers: Terri Francis, Maja Horn, Rosamond King, Angelique Nixon, Jerry Philogene.
Artists: Richard Fung, Jorge Pineda, Charl Landvreugd, Nadia Huggins, Jean-Ulrick Desert