Call for Papers: Caribbean without Borders


The Third Graduate Student Conference Caribbean without Borders: Interconnections and Extensions will take place March 15-16, 2010 at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2009

Paper proposals are invited for the 3rd Caribbean without Borders Graduate Student Conference sponsored by the English Department (School of Humanities) at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras. The conference welcomes graduate student presentations in English, Spanish, French, and any Caribbean language on the literature, languages, and cultures of the Caribbean. Exploring the idea of a Caribbean without borders, this year’s theme encourages comparative studies that highlight intra-Caribbean and extended Caribbean perspectives.  Of special interest are proposals that focus on comparative internal Caribbean dynamics and/or those on an extended Caribbean region, including the U.S. South, Central and South America, West Africa, and other sites within the wider Atlantic region. Literary, linguistic, socio-cultural, and interdisciplinary scholarship is welcome.

The keynote speaker for the 3rd Caribbean without Borders Conference will be Myriam J. A. Chancy, Haitian-Canadian writer and scholar born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Her books include The Scorpion’s Claw (2005), Spirit of Haiti (2003), Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women (1997), and Searching for Safe Spaces: Afro-Caribbean Women Writers in Exile (1997). Dr. Chancy is Professor of English at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Vice-President of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers & Scholars (2008-2010).

Submissions (including a 250-300 word abstract, 50 word bio, university affiliation, and e-mail address) or inquiries should be sent to the Organizing Committee at Presenters will be notified on the status of their acceptance by December 15, 2009.

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