Caribbean Research Seminar in the North – 3 March, 2017

Dundee Waterfront

in association with the Society for Caribbean Studies and Geography, School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee
River Room 2, 9th Floor, Tower Building, University of Dundee
Perth Road, Dundee DD1 4HN
Friday, 3 March, 2017


1:00 – 1:30pm Registration
1:30 – 1:40pm Welcome and introductions
1:40 – 2:20pm “The Rise and Fall (and Rise?) of the Plantation: A Tale of Two Nations” (Marisa Wilson, University of Edinburgh)
2:20 – 3:00pm ““The Lure of postwar London: performing transnational networks at the heart of Empire” (Gail Low, University of Dundee)
3:00 – 3:20pm Break and coffee/tea
3:20 – 4:00pm “’Returning as methodology’ – faith, identity, music and development in Andean Peru – reflections over ethnographic time” (Nina Laurie, University of St Andrews)
4:00 – 4:40pm “In/Secure Mobilities: Tourism, Travel and Caribbean Mediascapes” (Susan P. Mains, University of Dundee)
4:45 – 5:00pm Wrap-up

The seminar is free to attend, but if possible, please email your intention to attend ahead of time to

A reservation will be made at a reasonably priced local restaurant for those wishing to attend dinner after the seminar. Please contact for booking, and with any other enquiries, including dietary requirements.

Presenter Biographies

Marisa Wilson is a Chancellor’s Fellow and Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Edinburgh. Her work centres on historical injustices of globalised food and how these impact present-day food cultures, economies and environments. She has published a monograph on Cuban food economies, an edited volume on food sovereignty movements in indigenous and postcolonial spaces and papers in journals such as Geoforum, the International Journal of Cuban Studies, and Food, Culture and Society.

Gail Low is a Senior Lecturer in English in the School of Humanities, University of Dundee. Her research interests include: post-war British cultural history and literature; publishing history – especially, metropolitan publishing of Anglophone West African and Caribbean writers in the postwar period, educational publishing and geography of the book publishers series (African Writers Series, Three Crowns Series, Hutchinson New Authors), and Black British writing. She is also a founding editor of DURA, Dundee University Review of the Arts.

Nina Laurie joined St Andrews University in 2016 as Professor of Geography and Development. Prior to that she was Professor if development and the environment at Newcastle University, where she was one of the founding directors of the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. A feminist geographer, she has lived and worked in the Andes on issues of gender, social movements and indigenous development for nearly three decades.

Susan P. Mains is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Dundee. Her work explores transnational identities and media representations of mobility, borders, and security in the context of Caribbean migration, creative industries in Jamaica, Scotland and Colombia, and heritage tourism. She previously worked at the University of the West Indies-Mona, and the British Film Institute, and is the co-editor of Mediated Geographies and Geographies of Media (2015, Rotterdam: Springer).