Publications

Articles

A Study on the Creative Industry as a Pillar of Sustained Growth and Diversification – The Film And Music Sectors In Jamaica: Lessons From Case Studies of Successful Firms and Ventures by Hendrickson, M. & Stanley Niaah, S

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Report on the Expert Group Meeting on the Film and Music Sectors in Jamaica by Michael Hendrickson

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Books

Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi Edited by Kali Akuno & Ajamu Nangwaya

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“Jackson Rising teaches us that when we commit ourselves to organizing, this cannot be only for a particular issue or for a singular campaign – but that it is long haul work, powered by a vision of freedom. This is also a necessary and important read for any of us who wish to understand how we might use electoral politics to advance progressive agendas that are accountable to the people. The inspiring story of Jackson is deeply radical, historically-rooted, and still in progress. It is also right on time.

 

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The African-Jamaican Aesthetic by Dr. Lisa Tomlinson

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 The African-Jamaican Aesthetic explores the ways in which diasporic African-Jamaican writers employ cultural referents aesthetically in their literary works to challenge dominant European literary discourses; articulate concerns about racialization and belonging; and preserve and enact cultural continuities in their new environment(s). The creative works considered provide insight into how local and indigenous Caribbean knowledges are both changed by the transfer to new, diasporic locales and reflect a unified consciousness of African-Jamaican roots and culture. The works surveyed also reveal significant connections with a ‘past’ Africa. Indeed, Africa is treated as a central source of aesthetic influence in these writers’ expression of local cultures and indigenous knowledges. Aspects covered include language (Jamaican Patwa), religion, folklore, music, and dance to identify the continuities in an African-Jamaican aesthetic, which is understood here as an ongoing dialogue of cultural memory between the Caribbean, Africa, and diasporic spaces. Writers discussed include Claude McKay, Una Marson, Louise Bennett, Afua Cooper, Lillian Allen, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Benjamin Zephaniah, Lillian Allen, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Makeda Silvera, and Joan Riley.