A workshop exploring desire and dissidence in the Anglophone Caribbean



Bob Kayley Theatre, Minghella Building, University of Reading, UK

In recent years, some of the most urgent and highly-charged public and political debates in the Anglophone Caribbean have centred on sexual citizenship. While it is important to acknowledge the very real barriers and prejudices that face people in relation to sexual freedoms and the urgent struggles and challenges that are ongoing, it is also important to recognize and affirm that Caribbean expressive cultural forms have – for a long time – given life and voice to a whole range of ways of living and loving. This workshop will discuss recent representations of Caribbean sexualities across different disciplines.

The workshop will feature two roundtable discussions: the first with Alison Donnell, Keon West, and Sexualities in the Tent speakers; the second entitled ‘Reading Sexualities, Reading Literature’, with Denise deCaires Narain, Kate Houlden and Wendy Knepper. Writers Lawrence Scott and Bernardine Evaristo will read from their works, and Campbell X will present clips from the film Stud Life.

All are welcome to this free event. However, places are limited. To register, or to request a postgraduate/early career travel bursary, please contact Dr Nicola Abram:  For further information, please contact Professor Alison Donnell:

This workshop is sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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