Call for Submissions: Caribbean Studies Association Graduate Student Essay Contest

The Gender and Young Scholars (GYS) Sub-Committee of the Caribbean Studies Association is pleased to announce the annual Caribbean Studies Association Graduate Student Essay Contest. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2011.

The GYS invites students currently in a degree-granting program (including MA and PhD) to send research essays between 6000 and 8000 words centering on the analysis of political, cultural, literary and/or socio-economic phenomena in the Caribbean region and its diaspora. The committee encourages “submissions that expand the purview of Caribbean Studies and challenge us to think beyond traditional divisions among disciplines and conventional approaches to areas, while maintaining a focus on historical or emergent concerns within the region and its outposts.” 

Essays will be evaluated by a committee of readers chosen from the GYS Sub-Committee and the broader CSA membership. The winner will be announced in the CSA newsletter, and the winning paper will be published in the peer-reviewed journal of the Association of Black Anthropologists, Transforming Anthropology. Submissions from an anthropological, historical, literary, and/or sociological approach will all be equally considered.

Submissions (preferably electronic submissions in Word, RTF, or PDF formats) should be sent to Deborah A. Thomas, at, or by mail to:

Deborah A. Thomas
Transforming Anthropology
Department of Anthropology
University of Pennsylvania
3260 South Street, Museum 335
Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA

For more on Transforming Anthropology, see

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