CALL FOR PAPERS: Brand Jamaica Symposium 2015

cropped-cropped-jamaicanflag1.gifThe Re:Imagine Jamaica Project, in association with the Center For Leadership and Governance, University of the West Indies (UWI), Jamaica, invites paper proposals for the inaugural Brand Jamaica symposium entitled “Re-Imagine Jamaica: Unlimited Possibilities” to be held on July 16-17, 2015 at the University of The West indies, Mona Campus, Kingston, Jamaica.

Nations, regions and cities are today competing with each other for their share of the world’s tourists, investment, aid, students, for buyers of their products and services, for talent as well as for the attention and respect of the media and the global community. Indeed, the new global economy is thus imposing on all states the obligation to develop, manage and leverage their image in order to stand out in this increasingly competitive global marketplace.

Nation branding is the process by which nations construct their distinctive identity, culture and heritage and project their image in the world. This process is particularly important for developing nations as they try to attract investment, boost their economies and offer their citizens a meaningful life. Nigeria, Namibia, the Bahamas, Maldives, Ecuador and Costa Rica are among the countries of the Third World that have been taking steps to aggressively brand their nations. Over the last decade, Jamaica has also been actively engaged in a similar process of creating, positioning and managing its public image.

This is especially important given the dilemma confronting Brand Jamaica. Many aspects of the Jamaican brand exhibit extraordinary presence, influence and promise (e.g. tourism, sports; a vibrant culture and world famous export products). Yet, there are also dangerous deficits, and a prolonged crisis embodied in poor governance – violent crime, breaches of human rights, poverty and rising employment. These negative discourses have simultaneously served to undermine Jamaica in international public opinion, and disrupt its capacity to take full advantage of its moral, social, economic and cultural capital.

The Re-Imagine Jamaica: Unlimited Possibilities symposium will explore the following themes: aims to explore some of the key trends, issues, challenges and practices that are shaping Brand Jamaica. It aims to provide insights into:

▪   Brand Jamaica and Identity: How Jamaica may define itself on its own terms and makes claim its own identity based on consensus among all stakeholders.

▪       Expanding Tourism Beyond Sand, Sun and Sea: How to promote and project its national identity and brand in the global arena beyond tourism; how to reposition the Jamaican brand, create a more complex narrative and project a more positive image of the country.

▪       Mobilising the Creative Industries: How Jamaica can make the most of its hugely popular global image and symbols created through sports, music, food and destination tourism.

▪       Challenges to Jamaica’s International Image: How to manage current reputational challenges (e.g, crime, human rights, and other governance issues) and stereotypes that undermine and threaten Brand Jamaica, that is, how to develop measures to address, counter and challenge them.

▪       Brand Jamaica and The Local Economy: How different domestic sectors (business & industry, agriculture, etc.) can develop a better understanding of Brand Jamaica and the role they have to play in it.

▪       Jamaica’s Intellectual Property: Ways to protect Brand Jamaica from dilution, contamination and exploitation.

▪    Crisis Management and Brand Jamaica: How to handle communication challenges during times of crisis (such as natural disasters, political unrest, upsurges of crime, etc.).

▪       Brand Jamaica and the Diaspora: How Jamaicans in the diaspora impact Brand Jamaica and how the image of the nation influences how Jamaicans are received and treated abroad.

▪       Brand Jamaica: The Way Forward: Recommendations for policy and action


Interested parties should sent a 300-500 word abstract to by DECEMBER 20, 2014. Abstracts should clearly address one or more of the conference themes, and also include affiliation and contact details.

9 Comments on “CALL FOR PAPERS: Brand Jamaica Symposium 2015

  1. I think this is a great idea. However, I suggest a topic that also deals with the financial and/or capitalization aspect associated with this effort. All the topics seem narrowly focused on the marketing side of things. I suggest topics or opportunities to address the financial and infrastructure that is needed to support the effort.

    • Thank you for your response. Financial/capitalization is an important aspect of the conversation and we are happy to include this. Our themes are varied covering identity, creative and cultural industries, tourism, sport, governance, public relations and marketing as well as business. Financial/capitalization components may be discussed in relation to any one of these themes. Do consider submitting a proposal that addresses this issue in relation to the conference themes.

    • We are looking for research papers, completed or in progress. Do send us an abstract. We would be happy to review and assess its suitability with regard to the aims of the symposium.

    • This notices was submitted months ago. So sorry you are just receiving it. We have extended abstract deadline to December 15, 2014. So feel free to send us your abstract. We look forward to receiving it.

      Thank you.
      Re:Imagine Jamaica Symposium 2015

  2. I am just seeing this. Is it entirely too late to submit an abstract? And when is the paper due?

    • Send it Kim. It is way late as panels are already sorted. But let me pass on to Committee and see what they say.

  3. Hi Hume,
    Wishing you and your team a successful event, and I am looking forward to some very robust discussions on the the finalized themes/topics.

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