(Last Call) for Papers: Caribbean Irish Connections

Organizers Alison Donnell (University of Reading, UK), Maria McGarrity (LIU Brooklyn, USA), and Evelyn O’Callaghan (University of the West Indies, Barbados) remind us that the call for papers for Caribbean Irish Connections is almost over; the deadline is June 29, 2012. Caribbean Irish Connections, a multidisciplinary conference and workshop, will be held in Barbados on November 16-17, 2012, at the Beach View Hotel in Paynes Bay, St. James, Barbados [also see Call for Papers: Caribbean Irish Connections.]

Although there has been more recent scholarship on the connections between Ireland and the Caribbean, such as The Black and Green Atlantic: Cross-Currents of the African and Irish Diasporas, edited by O’Neill and Lloyd, there remains still too little conversation between scholars based in Caribbean Studies and Irish Studies. This conference aims to open up these conversations as they pertain to history, politics, language, geography, expressive cultural forms, and everyday practices (such as the shamrock passport stamp of Montserrat). The organizers seek the active engagement of scholars working within this highly focused yet potentially broad field to further shape this emerging critical discourse.

Please send abstracts of 250 words and a brief biography to a.j.donnell@reading.ac.uk by June 29, 2012. Presenters will be notified by last week in July. A special accommodation rate has been negotiated for presenters at Beach View, Paynes Bay, St. James, Barbados, where all conference sessions will be held.

Registration fees (including lunches and BBQ supper with drinks on Saturday night) are: US$150 for presenters from the U.S. and Europe, and US$75 for presenters from the Caribbean. Selected papers will be considered for an edited collection in Palgrave’s New Caribbean Studies series.

For more information, see Call for Papers: Caribbean Irish Connections

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