The Rastafari Studies Conference & General Assembly 2013

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The Rastafari Studies Conference & General Assembly 2013

The University of the West Indies, Mona
Rastafari Studies Unit,
Institute of Caribbean Studies,
Faculty of Humanities & Education
The University of the West Indies, Mona
Kingston 7, Jamaica
St. Andrew, Kng 7, JM

August 12, 2013 – August 16, 2013

"Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Coral Gardens Massacre"

As Jamaica proudly celebrates her fiftieth jubilee of political independence, the Rastafari Movement also marks the fiftieth anniversary of Coral Gardens Massacre, an event that still haunts the wider society through the perennial, but unanswered, Rastafari calls for justice. The new nation-state less than one year old - during the Easter Holy Week, became embroiled in a series of violent events in the Coral Gardens and Rose Hall areas of St. James. On Holy Thursday April 11, 1963, six bearded men assumed to be Rastafarians attacked a gas station in Coral Gardens. They were reportedly armed with guns and machetes. This resulted in a skirmish and the death of two policemen, and six civilians including three of the assailants.

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The Inaugural Rastafari Studies Conference

The University of the West Indies, Mona
Kingston 7, Jamaica
Tel: 1 (876) 977-1951
Fax: 1 (876) 977-3430
Email: rastafaristudies2010@yahoo.com

, JM

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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