The Inaugural Rastafari Studies Conference

The University of the West Indies, Mona

August 17, 2010 – August 20, 2010

2010 will mark 50 years since the “Report on The Rastafari Movement in Kingston, Jamaica” was first published by the then University College of the West Indies. This Report authored by M.G. Smith, Roy Augier and Rex Nettleford validated the University’s sense of its social responsibility and remains one of its most successful monographs, having gone through eight reproductions without change in form or content, on its way to becoming a most highly referenced document on the Movement.

2010 also marks the 80th anniversary of the Rastafari Movement itself, which has grown from a few visionaries struck by the coronation of the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I in November 1930, into a vital force in reconstructing and elevating the African Presence in the Western landscape.

In recognition of these two anniversaries and on the birthday of the Pan-African champion and nation’s first National Hero, the Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, the Institute of Caribbean Studies announces the inaugural Rastafari Studies Conference to be held at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies August 17 - 20, 2010, under the Chairmanship of Emeritus Professor Sir Roy Augier.



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On behalf of the Planning Committee of the conference, I am herewith extending heartfelt thanks for your invaluable contribution to the Rastafari Studies Conference! Without you, the conference would have come to naught and its impact that of just another academic conference.

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Conference Information

U.W.I. Mona’s Location

The Mona campus is located in Northern Kingston and lies only 15 minutes (driving) from the central hub of Half-Way-Tree. The nearest commercial area is Papine, which is less than 5 minutes away travelling by motor vehicle. Travelling between these points costs only $80.00 (JMD) by public passenger motor vehicles. Taxi stands are located at Irvine Gate on the Main Road leading to Papine.

The primary conference facilities are located in the Faculty of Humanities and Education. It is bounded by the Ring Road and in close proximity to canteens, banks and Internet services on the campus.

Facilities on Campus:

There are four banking institutions on the University campus: Scotia Bank (Bank of Nova Scotia – B.N.S.), the National Commercial Bank (N.C.B.), the Jamaica National Building Society (J.N.B.S.) and the Mona Co-operative Credit Union. Automatic teller machines are also at various locations across the campus. Visitors from overseas should note that the automatic teller machine at B.N.S. allows dual currency cash withdrawals, that is, in U.S. or Jamaican dollars.

There are also a number of eateries on campus, including the franchises Juici Patties and Kentucky Fried Chicken; Deli-Xpress; VIHOPE Foods; and Bee Hive. The latter is located on the Ring Road adjacent to the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre in the Faculty of Humanities and Education. Most facilities have opening hours from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm with limited vegetarian meals available at most.