Call for Papers: Caribbean Enlightenment, An Interdisciplinary Caribbean Studies Conference

In conjunction with the Glasgow University Caribbean Discussion Group, the Caribbean Studies Association announces a major conference on the theme of “Caribbean Enlightenment,” which will examine the diverse and complex ways in which Enlightenment ideals have found expression in the Caribbean. The conference will be held on April 8 to 10, 2010, at the University of Glasgow. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2009.

Keynote speakers will be J. Michael Dash (Professor of French, Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University), Paget Henry (Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies, Brown University), Nick Nesbitt (Centre for Modern Thought, University of Aberdeen), Charles Forsdick (James Barrow Professor of French, University of Liverpool), and Kei Miller (Creative Writing Department, University of Glasgow).

From the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804 to The Black Jacobins, surrealism, négritude, and the contemporary writings of such theorists as Antonio Benítez-Rojo, Édouard Glissant, and Wilson Harris, the interrogation of universality has both contributed to the ongoing dissemination and creolization of Enlightenment discourse and has subjected it to a thorough critique. This conference will explore the various ways in which the site of the Caribbean, with its writers, artists, revolutionaries, and diverse peoples, has adapted and questioned the legacies of the Enlightenment. Acknowledging the Caribbean’s crucial role in the Atlantic world, the Enlightenment’s history of empire building and slave rebellions, colonial domination and postcolonial nation-building, the valorization of reason and its role in the division of knowledge will be interrogated against the dissemination of a discourse promoting universal human rights, democracy and equality.

The organizers invite panel proposals and/or paper abstracts that deal with any aspect of Caribbean Enlightenment.

Send panel proposals/paper abstracts (300 words) with a brief biographical statement (150 words) to Dr. Lorna Burns and Michael Morris at

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