Sensing the Caribbean: Art, Culture, History, and the Sensory Turn — An International Workshop

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September 22, 2017
Wisconsin, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, African History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Slavery

This interdisciplinary symposium will bring together scholars and artists to facilitate a conversation about different ways to sense and make sense of the multiplicity of Caribbean sensoria that have defined the region over the past three centuries. The symposium, hence, will foster dialogue on the ways in which sound, touch, smell, taste, and sight—and other sensorial categories outside of western conceptions of the sensorial like equilibrium or perceptions of the numinous world—have been experienced, created, and transmitted by the diverse groups of people who have inhabited the region over the past four centuries.

*All activities are open to the public

Thursday, September 21st, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

“Song for the Beloved”

Song for the Beloved is an interactive performance honoring those who have died from urban violence in Kingston, Jamaica linking these experiences to other forms of violence in communities around the world. Through visual arts and performance, participants negotiate contested memories across differences as an act of re-creating and repairing the past in the present.

Friday, September 22nd, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


Alejandra Bronfman (University of British Columbia)

Honor Ford-Smith (York University)

Paul C. Johnson (University of Michigan)

Roshini Kempadoo (University of Westminster, London)

Jeannine Murray-Román (Florida State University)

Juan Carlos Quintero Herencia (University of Maryland)


Pablo F. Gómez (Medical History and Bioethics, History)

Víctor Goldgel-Carballo (Spanish & Portuguese)

Performance coordination:

Paola Hernández (Spanish & Portuguese)

Sponsored by:

The Anonymous Fund of the College of Letters and Sciences, Latin American, Caribbean, and American Studies Program (LACIS), the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS), the Medical History and Bioethics Department, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Art Department, and the Center for Visual Cultures (CVC)

Contact Info: 

Pablo Gomez:

Victor Goldgel-Carballo:

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