PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS A CLOSED NETWORK EVENT, REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Our website will be updated soon with details of future events.
Network Social Event

Thursday 18 May, 6.00 – 10.00pm


District, 61 Jordan Street, Liverpool, L1 0BW

The evening will include music provided by Positive Vibrations DJs and two performances by Liverpool-born writer, poet, performer and “Urban Griot”, Levi Tafari. There will also be a panel discussion on the subject of ‘Festivals, Documentaries and Exhibitions’, featuring Jez Collins, Birmingham City University, Kenny Monrose, Middlesex University, Rory Taylor, Director of Liverpool Reggae Festival and Yaz Alexander, Associate Producer of Women in Reggae. Food will be provided by Ital Fresh, a menu is attached.


Reggae Research Network Symposium: Expanding the Field


Friday 19 May 2017, 9am – 5pm


Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre, Meeting Room 1, 4 Princes Rd, Liverpool L8 1TH

This Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded network is a joint initiative between the ‘Translating Cultures’ theme and the ‘Connected Communities’ programme, and is open to interested researchers and partners funded under those areas, as well as to the wider academic and music communities. Network leads:

  • Prof Charles Forsdick, University of Liverpool
  • Prof Paul Gilroy, King’s College, London
  • Prof George McKay, University of East Anglia.

The network’s programme of activities explores the neglected important popular music, political, religious culture of reggae.

A first symposium was held in Norwich on 25 January 2017. Its purpose was to begin scoping the field of research and public engagement activity so we could see where work on reggae was already being undertaken and also begin to think about research gaps. We invited a range of speakers, both based in the UK and more internationally, who talked about and presented their work on areas including:

  • Current and recent funded research projects on reggae and related areas
  • PhD students introducing their reggae-related research topics
  • Wider public knowledge activity on reggae, including exhibitions
  • Academic researchers presenting their own work in the field.

The aim of this second symposium in Liverpool, bringing together new speakers with participants from the inaugural event in Norwich, is to build on the first meeting and to consider ways in which the field of work on reggae might be expanded and deepened. We are joined by Matthew Smith from UWI as part of a commitment to hearing more from Caribbean-based researchers on reggae. The programme again underlines the importance of approaching reggae at particular moments and in specific locations, but also stresses the extent to which it is a musical genre that has been subject to constant processes of translation into new forms and new places. Consequently, our panels focus on this occasion on: medium and genre; histories and geographies; and finally, voice, sound and intimacy. The event has been organised in association with the Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool.

Reggae Research Network is working in collaboration with the AHRC-funded ‘Bass Culture’ project team to organize a third and final event in London later in 2017.



A programme for the day is available here: Programme


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