CFP: Global Caribbean(s): Interrogating the Politics of Location in Caribbean Literature and Culture


The Caribbean Literary and Cultural Studies Program (Department of English) at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, extends a call for papers for the conference “Global Caribbean(s): Interrogating the Politics of Location in Caribbean Literature and Culture” to be held March 4-6, 2010. The deadline for proposals is November 30, 2009.

Global flows have long been one of the defining historical and cultural paradigms of the Caribbean. With the understanding that there is a need for continued dialogue about the power dynamics that shape these paradigms and the cultural artifacts produced in the cross currents of these “global flows,” the organizers invite papers that consider some of the following questions:

Can we resituate our understanding of “location” as an indeterminate, or even shifting, locus of cultural inscription and what is at stake in such an effort? Can Caribbean culture (both local and global), be politically viable as a tool for social change given its increased popularity globally? In other words, can Caribbean popular culture be both commodified and transgressive? How has the Caribbean region reshaped its discourses of location, citizenship and “belonging” in response to new patterns of migration, supranational entities including NGO’s and corporations? Have the evolving exigencies of economic shortages contributed to new cultural trends and artifacts globally?  How has the heightened emphasis on “green energy” and environmental policies impacted rural, tourist and industrial locations in the Caribbean?  

Presentation proposals should be 250-500 words in length, in either Spanish or English, and should include name, academic affiliation and contact information. Panel proposals and alternatives such as dramatic performances and film screenings are also invited.

All proposals must be submitted electronically to

For further information, see

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