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Welcome to the 2008 ACS Crossroads!

The Rex Nettleford Cultural Studies Initiative is proud to host the 2008 ACS Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference in Kingston, Jamaica, on the Mona Campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI).


The international Crossroads conferences were started in 1996 in Tampere, Finland to fill what was felt to be a gap in the international cultural studies community. Although cultural studies was becoming increasingly international and multi-centered - or rather centerless because of its virtual nature - cultural studies people had scarce opportunities to see each other and socialize.


Specific cultural studies conferences or seminars were occasional and often advertized only within a particular region. Yet the very character of cultural studies as a meeting place, as a crossroads between different people and disciplines desperately pleads for an international conference.

  • First Conference in 1996
  • Second Conference in 1998
  • Third Conference in 2000
  • Fourth Conference in 2002
  • Fifth Conference in 2004
  • Sixth Conference in 2006

Invited Presenters

Arturo Escobar

Arturo was born in Manizales, Colombia. He is currently a Colombian national and a United States citizen. In 1969, he attended the Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia. Here he got his Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering. From there he went to Universidad del Valle Medical School in 1975 and spent a year doing graduate work in the biochemistry field. In 1976, he spent two years at Cornell University, New York getting his Master's Degree in Food Science and International Nutrition.     Read More

Daniel Mato

Daniel Mato is Full Professor of Social Sciences and Chair of the Program on Culture, Communication, and Social Transformations (PCCTS), at the Center for Postdoctoral Research, Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV). He holds a Doctorate in Social Sciences (UCV), and has been a Visiting Professor at several universities in Latin America, Spain and the United States.     Read More

M. Jacqui Alexander

M. Jacqui Alexander is Professor of Women's Studies and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Pedagogies of Crossing: Feminism, Sexual Politics and The Sacred, The Third Wave: Feminist Perspectives on Racism, and a coeditor of Sing, Whisper, Shout, Pray! Feminist Visions for a Just World and Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures.     Read More

Stephen Ching-kiu Chan

Dr. Stephen Ching-kiu Chan is Professor of Cultural Studies and Programme Director of the Master of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. He founded the BA Cultural Studies degree in 1999, and served as Department Head in Cultural Studies from 2000 to 2003, teaching practicum in cultural criticism, cultural policy and institution, representation, and critical thinking through popular culture.     Read More

Rex Nettleford

Rex Nettleford is a well-known Caribbean scholar, trade union educator, social and cultural historian and political analyst. A former Rhodes Scholar, he is Vice Chancellor Emeritus at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. After taking an undergraduate degree in History at the UWI he pursued post-graduate studies in Politics at Oxford. He is also the founder, artistic director and principal choreographer of the internationally acclaimed National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica and is regarded as a leading Caribbean authority in the performing arts.     Read More

Carolyn Cooper

Carolyn Cooper is Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica and Director of the Institute of Caribbean Studies. Cooper is author of Sound Clash: Jamaican Dancehall Culture at Large, and Noises in the Blood: Orality, Gender and 'Vulgar' Body of Jamaican Popular Culture.     Read More

John Clarke

John Clarke is a Professor of Social Policy at the Open University in the UK, where he has been engaged in teaching and research for over twenty five years. After a first degree in Management Studies, he was rescued by the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies in Birmingham, where he was a postgraduate for five years. During that time he was part of the writing groups that produced Resistance Through Rituals and Policing the Crisis.     Read More

Stephen Muecke

Stephen Muecke is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He has worked extensively in Indigenous Australia and more recently on the historical and contemporary links between culture and commerce in the Indian Ocean. His 1984 Reading the Country: Introduction to Nomadology (with Krim Benterrak and Paddy Roe) was one of the first postmodern ethnographies, and he is well known for his ficto-critical writing style (No Road (bitumen all the way), 1997).     Read More

Nilufer Gole

Nilüfer Göle is professor of sociology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris and a leading authority on the political movement of today's educated, urbanized, religious Muslim women. A prominent Turkish scholar, she is the author of The Forbidden Modern: Civilization and Veiling. Through personal interviews, Gole has developed detailed case studies of young Turkish women who are turning to the tenets of fundamental Islamic gender codes.     Read More

Kamau Brathwaite

Poet, playwright, critic, and historian, whose works deal with the complex Caribbean heritage and its African roots. Brathwaite has been a major proponent of the use of "nation language", which is closely allied to the African experience in the Caribbean. It is not dialect or creole merely, but  as Brathwaite had defined "the kind of English spoken by the people who were brought to the Caribbean, not the official English now, but the language of slaves and labourers, the servants who were brought in".     Read More

Newsflash

Live streaming of the conference

The keynote address and all plenary sessions will be streamed live at tv.mona.uwi.edu. Please consult the conference schedule (.pdf) for specific times.

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Special Rates at the Conference Hotel

The Jamaica Pegasus will be the main hotel for delegates attending the conference. Individuals who wish to contact the hotel directly can do so by emailing Prudence Simpson,