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The Barbados Museum & Historical Society, The Barbados National Art Gallery, and AICA Southern Caribbean are pleased to welcome a special lecture by Prof. Cameron McCarthy titled The Work of Art in the Postcolonial Imagination: Notes Towards Globalizing Curriculum and Aesthetics.

April 26th, 2024, 6pm

The Walled Garden Theatre, Barbados Museum & Historical Society 

In this lecture, Emeritus Professor Cameron McCarthy and former Director of the Global Studies in Education Division at the University of Illinois, will address the matter of the significance of postcolonial art for thinking about the challenges of modern life and the school curriculum after the pandemic. He maintains that postcolonial art is theoretical and philosophical, and a precursor to postcolonial theory and criticism. In his lecture, he will raise and discuss the following question: What theoretical and practical purchase might an evaluation of postcolonial art yield (Assuming, as he maintains, that Third World cultural forms are not simply bastardized texts of First World arrangements)?

To advance this line of inquiry, he will look closely at the work of a number of postcolonial exemplars: novelists, poets, painters, playwrights, and music makers from the Global South and the periphery of the metropole.

About the Speaker

Cameron McCarthy is a Communication Scholar and University Scholar in the Department of Educational Policy, Leadership and Organization (EPOL) and in the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor McCarthy teaches courses in globalization studies, postcolonialism, mass communications theory and cultural studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published widely on topics related to globalization, canon formation, race and the class conquest of the city, postcolonialism, problems with neo-Marxist writings on race and education, institutional support for teaching, and school ritual and adolescent identities in many international journals. He was one of the lead-investigators of the “Elite Schools in Globalizing Circumstances” global ethnography study of youth and education in nine countries and across 5 continents: Australia, Africa, India, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Professor McCarthy is the holder of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

For more information and to register to attend, please contact The Barbados Museum & Historical Society at 538-0201 or 

The lecture will be recorded on the night and shared after on the website of the Barbados National Art Gallery – 

The Work of Art in the Postcolonial Imagination: Notes Towards Globalizing Curriculum and Aesthetics.

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