Secretary to the Rhodes Trust, Dr. Donald Markwell, says he is hoping the Rex Nettleford Fellowship in Cultural studies will help to deepen understanding of Caribbean culture, through the promotion of scholarship in the area.
The Fellowship was established in 2004 to mark the centenary of the Rhodes Scholarships. It is intended to honour the contribution of the late professor, who was the 1958 Rhodes Scholar, to higher education and the cultural life of the Caribbean, as well as to nurture talent in these areas.
Speaking at a special function at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston, Tuesday (November 16), to celebrate the Fellowship, Dr. Markwell said Professor Nettleford enabled the people of Jamaica to understand themselves, their culture and their heritage better.
“We hope that we can help to encourage the further deepening of this understanding, this appropriate sense of self-confidence, this empathy that others will have with the people of the Caribbean,” he stated.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Jamaica’s 1973 Rhodes Scholar and Member of Parliament for St. Andrew North Eastern, Hon Delroy Chuck (centre), poses with (left-right) Jamaican and Caribbean Secretary to the Rhodes Trust, Peter Goldson, recipient of the inaugural Rex Nettleford Fellowship in 2005, Dr. Sonjah Stanley-Niaah, 2006 recipient, Marsha Pearce and Secretary to the Rhodes Trust and Warden of Rhodes House, Dr. Donald Markwell, at a special function held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, Tuesday (November 16) to celebrate the Rex Nettleford Fellowship in Cultural Studies, established in 2004.
The 2006 recipient of the Rhodes Trust Rex Nettleford Fellowship in Cultural Studies, Marsha Pearce, said she dreamed of producing a documentary exploring the experiences of music video directors, producers and musicians trying to recreate aspects of Caribbean culture. She said the Fellowship allowed her to “follow through with action”.
Her 91-minute documentary, titled ‘Wrestling with the Angels: An Exploration of Caribbeanness’, has been screened at a number of conferences and film festivals, and can be found in several university libraries across the Caribbean, North America and South Africa.
Applications are now on for the 2011 prize. Applicants must be residents of the Caribbean, under 35 years old and must be able to use the tenure of the award to either complete an existing piece of work, or develop a new project. All areas of scholarship in the file of cultural studies, including the creative arts, may be pursued. The award will be