The Australian Association for Caribbean Studies International Conference

The 9th International Biennial Conference of the Australian Association for Caribbean Studies (AACS) will be held February 16-18, 2011, in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. The theme for the 2011 conference is “Caribbean Narratives of Race, Place and Migration.”

The keynote speakers will be Karen Fog Olwig (Professor of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark) and Helen Tiffin (Formerly Professor of English at the University of Tasmania).

Karen Fog Olwig has done extensive research on Caribbean migration, examining topics such as the dispersion of family networks, constructions of home and notions of return. In recent years she has carried out research among Caribbean nurses in the UK who arrived as educational migrants in the UK during the period from the 1950s to the 1970s with particular focus on the role of gender, inter-generational relations of authority and middle class culture. She has also done research on immigration issues in Denmark and is currently embarking on a project investigating the “hidden” diaspora of Caribbean migrants in Denmark.

Helen Tiffin is recognized as one of the leading scholars in the area of postcolonial studies since the 1980s. She is the author of The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Postcolonial Literatures (1989; with Bill Ashcroft and Gareth Griffiths), regarded as a foundational text in postcolonial theory. She is now producing ground-breaking work at the interface of Literature and Human-Animal Studies.

For further information regarding the conference, including registration, accommodation and travel arrangements, you may contact Dr. Rhona Hammond at rhona.hammond@gmail.com or Dr. Karina Smith at karina.smith@vu.edu.au, or visit the AACS’s website at http://sites.google.com/site/austassoccaribstudies/

(Photo: Rehead Beach, Newcastle, Australia.)

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