Programme of events.

Please find a full, but provisional, programme for the event here:  

Final Conference Programme

We have had a tremendous response to the call for papers, and the diversity of those who have submitted papers reflects, unsurprisingly, the diversity and internationalism of James' own outlook. We are looking forward, therefore, to inviting speakers from all over the world to Glasgow in May, including academics, film-makers, sports-writers, activists and many others.

In a slight change to the originally publicised programme, we now intend that the conference will begin on the night of Thursday 9th May with a screening of Mike Dibb's film of Beyond a Boundary, as well as his 1984 interview between James and Stuart Hall. Mike Dibb will be introducing these films himself, and this will be followed by a drinks reception.

We are also pleased to announce that the non-commercial film-makers Worldwrite will be attending the conference with a team of volunteers in order to film the event, so that a permanent record of the presentations and discussions can be made available subsequently on-line. For more information about the organization see:

Our keynote speakers and presenters at the conference include:

Michael Brearley (former England Test captain and previously President of the British Psychoanalytic Society)

Robert A. Hill (History, UCLA and James' Literary Executor)

Wai Chee Dimock (English, Yale)

Selwyn Cudjoe (Margaret E. Deffenbaugh and LeRoy T. Carlson Professor in Comparative Literature and Professor of Africana Studies, Wellesley College)

Selma James (Writer, activist and James' collaborator during the writing of Beyond a Boundary).

Mike Dibb (Award-winning documentary film maker and director of Beyond a Boundary, 1976)

Clem Seecharan (Caribbean Studies, London Metropolitan University)


Other confirmed speakers and presenters include:


Lady Anima Adjepong (University of Texas, Austin).

Brian Alleyne (Goldsmiths, University of London).

David Austin (John Abbott College, Montreal).

Anthony Bateman (De Montfort University).

Ben Carrington(University of Texas, Austin).

Lionel Cliffe and Morris Szeftel (University of Leeds).

Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich (Documentary artist, and director of A Gentleman's War).

Paul Hébert (University of Michigan).

Paget Henry (Brown University).

Christian Høgsbjerg (Leeds Metropolitan University).

Aaron Kamugisha (University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus).

Arin Keeble (Newcastle University).

Joe Keith (SUNY, Binghampton).

Roy McCree (University of the West Indies, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies).

Michael Neville McMorris (University of the West Indies).

Minkah Makalani (University of Texas, Austin).

Anil Persaud (Ambedkar University, Delhi).

Walter Persaud (Mahidol University International College, Thailand).

Rashna Singh (Colorado College).

Andrew Smith (University of Glasgow).

Rob Steen (University of Brighton and columnist).

Neil Washbourne (Leeds Metropolitan University).