The Caribbean Studies Association’s 37th Annual Conference: Deadline Extended

The Caribbean Studies Association’s 37th Annual Conference will be held on May 28-June 3, 2012, in Le Gosier, Guadeloupe. The theme for 2012 is “Unpacking Caribbean Citizenship: Rights, Participation and Belonging.” [See previous post Call for Papers: Caribbean Studies Association Conference 2012.] The deadline for submissions is has been extended to January 13, 2012.

Description (excerpt): Among the questions that the conference will seek to answer are: What are the nature, scope and dynamics of Citizenship(s) in the Caribbean? Why the need to unpack what is usually defined as the “right to have rights”?

Since its inception as the cradle of slave-based plantation societies, the Caribbean region has been characterized by stratification; with differentiated social structures comprised of different social groups bestowed with unequal power and privileges. During the post-emancipation period, the adoption of new policies would reproduce limited franchise or prevent the free movement of people. The Agrarian policies of Toussaint Louverture and the Rural Code of Boyer in Haiti or the Apprenticeship system in the British West Indies illustrated continuity in the patterns of exclusion. More recently, enduring practices of defining and naming certain groups as “moun andeyo” meaning the uncivilized outsiders (Haiti); the stateless predicaments of many immigrant groups [Dominican-Haitians]; the treatment of certain national “marginalized groups” in the Tivoli incursion ( Jamaica); the violence unleashed on University students at the University of Puerto-Rico in Rio Piedras; the limited access to resources and rights for most women and girls in all Caribbean societies or the more recent inhumane treatment of a large numbers of displaced people following the 2010 catastrophic earthquake in Haiti are indicative of the limits of Citizenship [s] in the region.

In contestation to these conditions and processes, the region has also witnessed differing and innovative claims for more inclusion such as, the 1970 May movement in Curaçao, in the growing rap and hip-hop youth group movement in Cuba and their instrumentality in breaking practices of silencing; and lastly in the workers strikes in Guadeloupe and Martinique. All these processes and practices point to the need to look at the state and configurations of Citizenship (s) in Caribbean societies.

The CSA invites scholars, practitioners in the humanities, social sciences, public policy and members of civil society organizations whose works focus on the wider Caribbean and its diaspora to submit abstracts of approximately 250 words or less for research papers and presentations. Graduate student submissions and multilingual panels are welcome.

For more information, see http://www.caribbeanstudiesassociation.org and http://www.caribbeanstudiesassociation.org/en/index.html

For information concerning the program only, contact Dr. Gina Athena Ulysse, Program Chair at csa2012@wesleyan.edu

For information pertaining to registration and membership, please contact Mrs. Joy Cooblal, Secretary-Treasurer at Joy.Cooblal-CSA@sta.uwi.edu

For questions on the travel grants, please contact Dr Samuel Furé Davis, Grant Committee Chair at sfuredavis@flex.uh.cu

Photo (by Ludo Rido) from http://www.routard.com/photos/guadeloupe/19244-plage_gosier.htm

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