Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

6th Rex Nettleford Arts Conference October 6-8, 2021

The Arts: Decolonising the Spirit!

The Arts: Decolonising the Spirit! is the guiding theme for the 6th Rex Nettleford Arts Conference being hosted online by the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, October 6-8, 2021. Signalling the role and place of the arts in current dialogue on social, cultural, and political discourse, this theme underscores a journey of decolonisation that is pivotal to and through the arts, especially in the 21st century.

As the world becomes more interconnected, our individual experiences expand into the collective, shared milieu. Global declarations, a pandemic, and a fight for race and identity representation have marked diverse journeys and learnings that must be explored together to present renewed understandings, perspectives, and directions for continuity.

This virtual conference, therefore, is a call to workers engaged in critical arts and culture practice to offer presentations, papers, roundtables, workshops, and performances addressing the sub-themes listed below. The aim, as we give ourselves pause, is to strategise for our renewal and continuity, even as we confront ongoing shifts to our lives and landscapes.


Abstracts should not exceed 300 words and should include a title along with a brief outline of the presentation. Abstracts must also be accompanied by a brief biography of 150 words. This should be emailed to with CALL FOR PROPOSALS as the subject. Download the full call for proposal

Submit your abstracts here


  • Caribbean Voices of Renewal and Continuity
  • Psychic Disarray and Reparation
  • Lessons from CARIFESTA
  • The Creative Ecology For Sustainable Development
  • Decolonising Education
  • Dismantling Inequalities: Gender and Race in Focus
  • Unmasking COVID
  • Creative Technology in the Arts
  • Access, Inclusion and Equity in the Arts
  • The Stories We Tell: Narratives of Self in the Digital Age