Call for Papers: Caribbeanscapes, The Vistas of Caribbean Literature


The Department of Literatures in English at the University of the West Indies-Mona announces the 29th Annual West Indian Literature Conference, “Caribbeanscapes: The Vistas of Caribbean Literature.” The conference will be held April 29 – May 1, 2010, at the University of the West Indies-Mona, in Kingston, Jamaica. [The first call for papers will close on November 30, 2009.]

This year’s special guests will be Kamau Brathwaite, Lorna Goodison, Shara McCallum, and David Chariandy. The conference will focus on Anglophone Caribbean literature’s “rich archive” of the myriad and often contradictory ways in which the Caribbean has been perceived and represented, “often articulating them as visual tropes of space and place that conflate geography and history, language and cartography in the attempt to chart the imaginative and literal frontiers of psyche and society.” To explore this archive of Caribbean literary vistas, the 29th Annual Conference on West Indian Literature invites papers and panel proposals on topics such as Tropicalized Spaces : The Power of Vistas; Home and Garden: Domestic Ecologies; Unhomely Spaces; Manscape and Womantongue Trees: The Gender of Vistas in Caribbean Literature; Rural Pastoral, Urban Dystopia? City and Country in Caribbean Writing; Plantation, Yard, Tonelle:  Metaphors of Place and Identity; Spectacular Islands: The Visual Politics and Poetics of Caribbean Popular Culture; Translocal and Transnational Vistas; Travel Writing; Bordered Vistas: Border Regimes, Border Clashes, and Border-Crossings; Imagining Caribbean Space; and other relevant topics.

For more information on submission procedures, see or write to or

Image: “Jamaican Landscape” (1937) by Augustus John (Wales, 1878-1961), from

3 thoughts on “Call for Papers: Caribbeanscapes, The Vistas of Caribbean Literature

  1. I’ve booked my flight to Jamaica from UK for this conference but am finding it difficult to register.

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