‘Imagine Kingston’

Presented by The University of the West Indies and the Institute of Jamaica

in association with PanJam Investment Limited 

9-12 November 2017

Under the patronage of His Worship the Mayor of Kingston, Delroy Williams


A Conference on the Regeneration of a City 


‘Imagine Kingston’: A Conference on the Regeneration of a City

Day 1 – Thursday Nov 09, 2017

Arrival of participants

10:30am – Pre-Conference Film Screenings and Special Behind-The-Scenes Tour of the National Library of Jamaica and its Collections (book your space early via email)*

Day 2 - Opening Day

 (Panels and Official Opening) – Friday, Nov 10 2017

Venue: Council Room & Faculty of Medical Sciences

8:30 am – 5:00 pm         Onsite Registration Begins

        Viewing of National Library Exhibition on ‘Soft Power, Urban Regeneration, and the National Library of Jamaica'

9:00 am – 10:30 am        Opening Ceremony

Welcome: Dr. Sonjah Stanley Niaah, Conference Programme Chair, Director - Institute of Caribbean Studies, UWI

Conference Overview: Prof. Clinton Hutton, Conference Co-Chair, Department of Government, UWI

Remarks - Partner Organizations:

  • Prof. Archibald McDonald, Principal & Pro-Vice Chancellor, UWI Mona
  • Mr. David Brown, Senior Research Fellow, African Caribbean Institute, Jamaica Memory Bank, representing Mr. Vivian Crawford, Executive Director, Institute of Jamaica
  • Mr Stephen Facey, Chairman, PanJam Investment Limited & Kingston Restoration Company
  • Mrs. Gillian Wilkinson-McDaniel, representing Hon. Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport

                                Conference Patron’s Address

  • His Worship, Delroy Williams, Mayor of Kingston

10:30am – 11:00 am        Coffee Break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm         Panel 1 – Re/Imagin/ing Kingston City

        Chair: Jahlani Niaah, UWI

  • City of Whose Imaginings? Kingston's Past and Future - Elizabeth Pigou-Dennis, UTECH
  • Imagine the 1692 Kingston City Plan: Engendering Architectonic Creative Spaces, Patricia Green, Caribbean School of Architecture, UTECH 
  • Imagine Kingston Environmentally - Christine Hendricks, Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities
  • Rejuvenating the KMA - Framework for an Urban Development Plan - Dayton Wood

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm         Panel 2 – Conversations on Sustainability and Policy for Kingston

        Chair: Clinton Hutton, UWI

  • Redevelopment of Downtown Kingston by Creating Startup Ecosystems - Andrew Francis, Independent Researcher
  • Urban Redevelopment Post Vision 2030: Spatial and Economic Planning Framework - Damian Graham and Shyril McIntosh Wilson, Urban Development Corporation
  • The Creation of Iconic Urban Green Spaces in the City of Kingston - Jenna Blackwood, UTECH
  • City Governance is Developmental Local Governance: Are We There Yet? - Eris Schoburgh, UWI Mona

2:00 pm – 3:00pm                Lunch

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm         Panel 3 – Negotiating the Body, Criminality, Mobility and the Politics of Identity

        Chair: Shelley Morgan, ICS, Mona

  • Imagining the City Yard: Pottinger, DeLisser, and Mais – Kezia Page, Colgate University
  • Recalibrating the Identity Project in Communities with High Violence: Imagining Kingston De-Garrisonized – Nicola D. Satchell
  • Imagine Kingston Without Me –  Amina Blackwood Meeks, EMCVPA

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm                 Panel 4 – Driving Kingston’s Creative Economic Development

        Chair: Heather Pinnock, Urban Development Corporation

  • Tax Incentive and Urban Regeneration:  Examining the Case of the Urban Development Corporation, Jamaica - Michael Johnson, Urban Development Corporation
  • An Entertaining Discipline: Music as a Community building and empowerment strategy for youth  - Joshua Chamberlain, Alpha Boys’ School Radio
  • Downtown Kingston: Ideal site for the Jamaica Music Museum/State of the Arts Cultural Complex as Catalyst for the Capital City’s Re-development – Herbie Miller, Director Curator, Jamaica Music Museum

Conference moves to Faculty of Medical Sciences

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm                 Conference Opening Reception

                                Venue: Faculty of Medical Sciences, UWI


                                Welcome, Conference Co-Chair, Herbie Miller, IOJ

Reflections on Kingston – featuring works by Lorna Goodison, Blakka Ellis, Sankofa Tribe, and Nexus Performing Arts Co.


Day 3 – Saturday, Nov 11, 2017


Venue: Council Room, Senate Building, UWI

8:30 am – 5:00 pm         Registration and viewing of National Library Exhibition on ‘Soft Power, Urban Regeneration, and the National Library of Jamaica’

                                Welcome from Conference Chairs

9:00 am –10:00 am                ROUNDTABLE A

City Tourism - A Driver for the Kingston  Economy Through Building Brand Kingston

        Venue: Council Room

Nicola Madden-Greig, Jamaica Hotel and Tourism Association

James Samuels, Jamaica Hotel and Tourism Association

10:00 am – 11:00 am         Panel 5 – What does Kingston Mean to You? Artiste Reflections

Chair: Sonjah Stanley Niaah, ICS, UWI

  • Sevana
  • Sheldon Shepherd
  • Protoje

11:00 am – 11:15 am                Coffee Break

11:15 am – 12:45 pm                 SPOTLIGHT SESSION: The Iconic, Creative, City of Music

                                Chair: Sonjah Stanley Niaah, ICS, UWI Mona

  • ‘Magic in Kingston Town’: Urban Roots of Creative Jamaica, Carolyn Cooper, UWI
  • Envisioning A National Music Museum of Jamaica, Jacquiann Lawton, UTECH
  • Kingston and the UNESCO Creative City Network: Opportunity or Threat? Gillian Wilkinson-McDaniel, MCGES
  • Mapping Notoriety and Consumption from Stigma to Brand in a Music City: Kingston, Jamaica - Sonjah Stanley Niaah, ICS, UWI Mona

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm         Panel 6 – Urbanism, Aesthetics and Memory

        Chair: Damian Graham, UDC

  • University Urbanism and the Regeneration of Kingston - Clare Melhuish, UCL Urban Laboratory
  • Imagine Kingston: The Logistics Hub of Creativity - Paul Watson
  • Entertainment, Aesthetics and Business - Keeping Your Nose to Beautify Your Face, John Bewaji, UWI

2:00 pm – 2:30pm                 Lunch

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm         Panel 7A – Centering Kingston City: Development and Governance

        Chair: Christopher Charles, UWI Mona

(Venue – Council Room)

  • Kingston: The Ancient Cosmopolis - Hugh Douse, ICS, UWI Mona.
  • Hope Waters Dome - Dinesh Ram, Independent Researcher
  • Fi Di Yute Dem - Sharine Taylor, University of Toronto (VIA SKYPE - TBC)
  • Kingston: A City of Stories on a Quest for Wellness – Deborah Hickling, UWI Mona
  • Reimagining and Regenerating Kingston as an Oasis of Economic Cooperation and Worker Self-management: Toward a Working-class Economics of Emancipation - Ajamu Nangwaya, UWI Mona

Panel 7B – New Frameworks for Kingston

        Chair: Patricia Green, UTECH

(Venue – Multi-Functional Room, Main Library)

  • Imagine the Impact of Construction Cost on Kingston’s Built Environment – Dean H. Burrowes, Independent Researcher
  • A New Governance Framework for Re-Imagined Kingston - Carol Archer, UTECH
  • Jamaica’s Parliament Building Reimagined in Kingston - Shardae Hoilett, Kenneal Lee, and Adrian Headley, UTECH
  • Kingston Mid-Town: Reimagining District Feeder Streets and Learning from the Past – L. Mark Taylor, UTECH

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm         Panel 8A – Kingston’s Tourism And Cultural Heritage I

        Chair: Deborah Hickling, UWI

(Venue – Council Room)

  • Stir it up - Vibes in the Pot: Reimagining Gastronomy Tourism in Kingston - Anne Crick and Janet Crick, Mona School of Business | Jamaica Culinary Tours.
  • Imaginary Tourisms in Trench Town - Alana Osbourne, University of Amsterdam.
  • Jewish Cemetery Tours: Contributing to the Development of Kingston’s Heritage Tourism Product - Marina M. Delfos, Falmouth Heritage Walks & Jewish Jamaican Journeys.
  • The Mountains and the Maroons - Blue and John Crow Mountains World Heritage Site – Susan Otuokon, Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust and Debra-Kay Palmer, Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport

Panel 8B – Sights and Sounds of a City: How Perceptions and Misconceptions Have Framed Kingston

        Chair: Erin MacLeod, Vanier College

(Venue – Multi-Functional Room, Main Library)

  • It’s not like I’m some god damn tourist”: White Foreigners, Journalism, Positionality and Imagining Kingston – Erin MacLeod, Vanier College
  • ‘Kingston, be wise’: Accessing a City through Its Recordings – Isis Semaj-Hall, UWI
  • Sustainable Innovation: Documenting the Self via Kingston’s Sound – Alanna Stuart, Artist/Producer (Bonjay)

5:30 pm – 5:40pm                 Coffee Break

5:40 pm - 7:10 pm                 Panel 9A – Kingston’s Tourism And Cultural Heritage II

Chair: Simone Harris, Ministry of Tourism

(Venue – Council Room)

  • Love, Kingston: Reflections on Life and Contradiction in the ‘Half-Exotic Jungle’ - Traci-Ann Wint, The University of Texas at Austin (VIA SKYPE)
  • Imagine Port Royal, Dorrick Gray, JNHT
  • Prototype for Smart Attractions in Jamaica: Imagine Kingston Interactive Tours - Lloyd Laing and Simone Harris, Jamaica App Factory Ministry of Tourism.
  • Heritage and Economics; the Development of a Heritage Tour Operator Licence for Jamaica. The St. Catharine, St. Thomas, Kingston and St. Andrew Story - Oshane Robinson, Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

Panel 9B – Art and Kingston: Comparisons and Experiences

                                Chair: Annie Paul, SALISES, UWI

(Venue – Multi-Functional Room, Main Library)

  • From Funkification to Pacification: Lessons From Rio de Janeiro – Gregory Scruggs, Independent Researcher/Journalist
  • Imagine Kingston, The City of Learning – Shermaine Barrett, UTECH
  • Space Fi ‘Rice & Peas’ Beanstalk To Tun Macca Tree - Ruth Minott Egglestone, Independent Researcher

7:10 pm - 8:40 pm         Panel 10A – Performance Culture and the Politics of Representation        

Chair: Sonjah Stanley Niaah, ICS, UWI

(Venue – Council Room)

  • Kingston Mek We Weddi Weddi, Yes We Ready! - Maria Hitchins, Dancer/Teacher
  • Dancehall vs Soca: Policing Culture in Jamaica and its Implications - Alpha Obika, UWI Mona
  • ‘Cool Culcha’ From Robert Farris Thompson to Rihanna: How Kingston’s Cultural Product has Shaped and Influenced the Global Contemporary Aesthetic of ‘The Cool’ – Rachael Barrett,  Independent Researcher

ROUNDTABLE B: – Kingston Creative: The Power of Art,

Culture & Entrepreneurship to Drive Transformation in Kingston

Venue: Multi-Functional Room

Chair: Jennifer Bailey

  • David Mullings
  • Andrea Dempster-Chung
  • Jennifer Bailey

Day 4 – Sunday, Nov 12, 2017

Panels, Closing Performances and Gallery tours

Venue Changed to Institute of Jamaica, 10-16 East St, Downtown Kingston  

8:30 am – 2:00 pm                 Registration

                                Welcome from Conference Chairs

8:30 am – 10:15am                 Spotlight Session: A Vision for Kingston 

        Chair: Herbie Miller, JaMM, IOJ                        

  • Framing A Visual Art/Design Complex in Kingston City Drawing from the Experiences in the Making of Jamaican Popular Music – Clinton Hutton, Department of Government, UWI
  • (Re) Imagining of the National Library of Jamaica, National Library of Jamaica, Abigail Henry, National Library of Jamaica
  • Maintaining Kingston as a Creative City: A Case for the Downtown Kingston Music Theatre and its partnership with the Uptown Music Theatre, New Orleans - Enith Williams and Delfeayo Marsalis

SPECIAL ADDRESS  - Leader of the Opposition

  • A Vision for Kingston, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips (represented by Mr Anthony Hylton)

10:15 am – 10:30 am                 Coffee Break

10:30 am – 11:30 am                 Different Sides to Kingston

Chair: Jahlani Niaah, UWI

  • Blight, Renewal and the Body Social – Charles V. Carnegie, Bates College
  • Kingston: Capital of the Twentieth Century – Sheri-Marie Harrison, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Imagine Kingston: Enhanced and Orderly Public Realm, Clifton Yap, Architect


11:30 am – 1:00 pm        Panel 11 – Mapping and Curating the City: Architecture Encampments, and Economy

        Chair: Anna Perkins, UWI

  • Walk Good: Pedestrian and Entertainment Corridor - Jhordan Channer and Dorraine Duncan, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Towards Epimelesthai: Self-Care as Urban Regeneration in Kingston Jamaica - Peter Robinson, Parsons School of Design
  • Rastafari Herb-Encampments in the City, a Cultural Institution - Jahlani Niaah, UWI Mona
  • Curating the City: Kingston as a USD $60 Million an Hour Creative Economy – Olayinka Jacobs-Bonnick (Cultural Strategist) & Michael Bonnick (Industrial Designer)

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm                 Lunch

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm         Panel 12 – Historical Representation, the Popular and the Business of Crime

        Chair: Isis Semaj, UWI

  • Recognising the Roots - Suzanne Francis-Brown, UWI Mona
  • Taking the Religious Pulse of Kingston: Popular Art Speaks - Anna Kasafi Perkins, UWI Mona
  • Troddin' through Heritage: (Re)imagining Pasts, Presents and Futures in Kingston -  Felipe Neis Araujo, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
  • The Business of Blood and Tears: Criminality and Capital Accumulation in Early Jamaica, 1655-1700 and its implications today - Nicole Plummer, UWI Mona

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm         ROUNDTABLE C – Reflections on Kingston

                                Chair: Herbie Miller, JaMM

  • Jerry Small, Kingston Born Country Come to Town
  • James Moss-Solomon, GKCo. Chairman / MSBM, UWI
  • Gladstone “Mannie” Campbell, Real Kingstonian  
  • Trevor “Leggo” Douglas, True Born and Proper Kingstonian

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm                 Panel 13 – Re-imagining Kingston as a Site for Sexual

        Chair: Nicole Plummer, UWI

  • Kingston - A Site of Truth & Reconciliation for Sexuality – Karen Carpenter, ICS, UWI
  • Out of Many, One Love? A Comparative Study on the Nature of Sexual Communication in Polyamory and Monogamy in the Caribbean - Steffon R. K. Campbell, UWI
  • “Into-Me-See”: Breaking Down Intimacy for the Jamaican Landscape - Kai A. D. Morgan, UWI Mona
  • Identity Achievement as a Predictor of Intimacy in Young Urban Jamaican Adults - Michele Ann Strudwick-Alexander
  • Emotional-Social Intelligence and Sexuality Among Jamaican Adolescents - Samantha Longman Mills, UWI

Closing Reception 

Sponsored by PanJam Investment Limited

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Venue: Institute of Jamaica

Performances: Michael Holgate & Company