Call for Papers: 39th Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association


The Caribbean Studies Association extends a call for papers for its 39th Annual Conference, which takes place from May 28 to June 1, 2014, at the Fiesta Americana Hotel in Mérida (Yucatan) Mexico. The theme for 2014 is “Mixing without Combining”?: Re/thinking Pluralist “Environments” in the Caribbean and its Diasporas. The deadline for abstract submissions is December 1, 2013.

Description: The Caribbean has been marked as a creole, plural, hybrid, and/or syncretic space, and this marking has been analyzed through myriad disciplinary lenses and media. These explorations have highlighted inequalities linked to the region’s colonial past and manifested in its contemporary global positioning. Increasingly, the cleavages created by hierarchies of race, class, gender, sexuality and language have been foregrounded as challenges to the harmony implied by earlier paradigms of plurality. “‘Mixing without Combining’?: Re/thinking Pluralist ‘Environments’ in the Caribbean and its Diasporas” invokes discourses about Caribbean and diasporic Caribbean pluralities while highlighting dialogues between paradoxical, undefined, and even oppositional elements that exist within so-called pluralist locations. This theme also expands notions of “environments” to embrace geography, topography, social status, in addition to sociocultural, political and economic realities.

The idea of “mixing without combining” challenges knowledges generated by notions of plurality and the impacts of these knowledges, and begs us to construct alternative ways of knowing Caribbean environments. Finally, as the 39th conference of the CSA convenes in the “Mexican Caribbean,” its theme throws into sharp relief the technologies that anchor the Caribbean’s purported plurality in rigid categories of place, race/ethnicity, class/status, gender, and heterosexuality. Eschewing simplicity for complexity, this theme seeks the possibilities of both/and. [. . .] Given our challenge to im/permeable boundaries of the plural Caribbean, we most enthusiastically welcome, and preference will be given to, papers, panels and roundtable discussions that are multi-lingual and/or multi-disciplinary. Individual paper submissions will be considered, but we strongly encourage proposals for entire panels.

Guidelines for Panel/Paper Submissions

● All proposals must be submitted electronically via the CSA website; the deadline for individual and panel submissions is 1 December 2013

● Abstracts must not exceed 125 words for individual papers or 250 words for panels

● Titles for individual papers and for panel must not exceed 70 characters (we reserve the right to edit for brevity)

● Proposed panels should contain at least 3 and no more than 4 presenters, and panel chairperson must be named in the proposal

● We encourage panel and individual paper abstracts being submitted in English, French, and Spanish, the three main languages of CSA

● We strongly encourage panels that represent a diversity of rank, affiliations and disciplines (i.e., inclusion of graduate students and junior scholars on panels with senior scholars, activists, and/or practitioners; panels composed of literature, history, geography scholars)

All presenters must be CSA members in good standing in order to present at the conference. Membership details and deadlines are available on the CSA website.

For more information on suggested topics, travel grants, submissions forms, and contact addresses, visit

You may also write to program co-chairs Rhonda Frederick and Angeletta KM Gourdine at

2 thoughts on “Call for Papers: 39th Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s