This year the ACWWS conference will be hosted by Myriam Chancy and Angeletta Gourdine at Louisiana State University. The unique position of Louisiana as a historical and cultural point of encounter with the Caribbean offers the opportunity to consider a re-conceptualization of the “Caribbean” in terms of its Diasporas and connections to the Americas. The theme, Caribbean Dislocations/Caribbean Diasporas, “urges explorations and interceptions of ‘traditional’ notions of regions, boundaries, movement, and portable identities, as well as explorations between merging Caribbean, Latino, and African Diasporas.” The organizers encourage investigations of the relationship between the experience of dislocation with the historical processes of Diaspora in interdisciplinary and international contexts.
The keynote speaker this year will be Lorna Goodison; featured writers include Mayra Santos-Febres, Lakshmi Persaud, Fabienne Kanor, Marie-Célie Agnant, and Ismene Krishnadath; and the featured artist is Deborah Jack.
Panels and presentations based on the work of our celebrated featured authors and artist are especially appreciated. ACWWS is also calling for presentations that highlight creative writing, including workshops that would allow emerging Caribbean authors individual attention in a unique collaborative setting. The conference will make every effort to accommodate presentations in all of the recognized, official languages of the Caribbean: Dutch, English, French, Kreyol, and Spanish.
The deadline for submission is October 1, 2009.
Submissions and inquiries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more conference details, see www.acwws.org
For an interview with Lorna Goodison (and photo), see http://humanidades.uprrp.edu/ingles/pdfs/sargasso/LGoodison.pdf