It is Sonjah N. Stanley Niaah's pleasure to share with you that the 8th Global Reggae Conference will be staged at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus on February 14-17, 2024. Please see the call for paper, film and other proposals below.
+ Sound System Outernational #10
+ UWI 75th Anniversary
The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
14 – 17th February 2024
From the 1940s to present day, sound systems have rocked the world with word, sound and power. From Kingston’s streets to the world’s biggest festival stages, the Jamaican-born institution of the sound system has deeply influenced the way music is produced, performed, remixed and enjoyed all over the world. The 2024 edition of the Global Reggae Conference celebrates and investigates the culture and technology of Jamaica’s most famous musical instrument.
The triennial Global Reggae Conference extends its reach to engage academics within a wide field of scholastic orientations and practices for its 8th staging. In celebration of the cultural, technological and productive space created by the sound system, both locally and globally, the conference aims to bring together students, scholars, filmmakers, sound producers, researchers, writers, critics, music aficionados, and artists to share research findings, ideas and perspectives.
The conference comes as part of a larger project on music, popular culture and Reggae Studies from the Institute of Caribbean Studies and the Reggae Studies Unit. Over the last decade this has advanced the study of reggae and Jamaican popular culture and contributed to expanding scholarship and outreach through creative production, community engagement, research, experimentation, archive building, exhibitions and events. In the spirit of collaboration seen in previous conferences, the 2024 conference is being hosted in association with the European Research Council (ERC)-funded research project, Sonic Street Technologies (SST), and the research group Sound System Outernational, both based at Goldsmiths, University of London.
We welcome proposals for academic papers; innovative presentations and displays made through uses of media, music and technology; sound system films and videos for screening as part of the Sound System Outernational # 10 film programme; and presentations / interventions from musicians, artists and students on the following broad themes:
Proposals for presentations should include an abstract and the following information: name of author/authors; email address/es; name of associated institution; and keywords of presentation. For panel proposals, please include one abstract for each presenter and a panel abstract.
Abstracts for individual or panel presentations of no more than 250 words supported by a short biography no longer than 150 words, should be submitted to the conference organizers for international peer review.
Proposals for film screenings including a synopsis and video link must be emailed firstname.lastname@example.org with subject ‘GRC2024’
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS AND FILM SYNOPSES IS OCTOBER 30, 2023
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF CONFERENCE PAPERS AND FILMS IS DECEMBER 1, 2023
Selected papers will be peer-reviewed and published in themed volume. All paper submissions must conform to the UWI press style available here:
Email presentation proposals email@example.com with the subject heading "A Century of Sound".
Email screening proposals firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject heading “SSO#10 Screening Programme.”
Contact the Global Reggae Conference 2024 Secretariat with queries at:
Institute of Caribbean Studies & Reggae Studies Unit
University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
Kingston 7, Jamaica