The Caribbean Studies Association’s president Jan DeCosmo has just announced that the CSA’s 40th annual conference will be held in New Orleans, on May 25-29, 2015, at the Hilton Hotel (New Orleans Riverside), located at 2 Poydras Street, New Orleans, Louisiana (www.neworleanshilton.com). The theme for this forthcoming conference will be “The Caribbean in an Age of Global Apartheid Fences, Boundaries, and Borders—Literal and Imagined.”
Description: Fittingly set in what is called the “northernmost Caribbean city,” this milestone conference will feature five days of presentations based on the theme: “The Caribbean in an Age of Global Apartheid: Fences, Boundaries, and Borders—Literal and Imagined.”
Plenary and round-table discussions will address the question of an autochthonous Caribbean by connecting the unique Creole cultures of New Orleans and Southwest Louisiana with Africa and the Caribbean, especially the Francophone Caribbean (the Antilles and Haiti) and Cuba.
The distinctive Creole cultures of New Orleans and Southwest Louisiana are unique because of Louisiana’s colonial history under three different masters: Spanish, French and Anglo-American. Its subsequent three-tiered racial, class and culture structure, is found nowhere else in America.
[. . .] Scholars and students from a variety of academic disciplines (arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences) and related professions are welcome to submit panel and paper proposals.
A call for papers is forthcoming at http://www.caribbeanstudiesassociation.org/