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Institute of Contemporary Art Miami


A+RC Public Lecture by Donette Francis – The Arts of Independence

Art + Research
Thu, May 9, 2024
ICA Miami 61 NE 41st Street

The creatives arts were central to the political intellectual sphere of Jamaica and the broader Anglophone Caribbean in the early years of Independence (1960s and 1970s). This public talk engages literary and visual arts that established key frameworks that remain central to representations of the idea of Jamaica today.

About Donette Francis

Donette Francis is the Director for the Center for Global Black Studies at the University of Miami.  Her research and writing investigate place, aesthetic, and cultural politics in the African Diaspora. Professor Francis is the author of Fictions of Feminine Citizenship: Sexuality and the Nation in Contemporary Caribbean Literature.  She is currently working on a book project on Miami. Creole Miami: Black Arts at the Hemispheric Crossroads, a sociocultural history of Black arts practice in Miami from 1970s to present.  She is co-founder of the Jamaican Cultural Political Modern Project, which convenes symposia and publishes essays that rethink Jamaica’s historiography.  Essays from the proceedings on The Jamaican 1950s, 1960s, 1970s  are published in Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism.