Call for Papers: “Turning Tides—Caribbean Intersections in the Americas and Beyond”


Organizers from the University of the West Indies and Trinity College invite proposals for the upcoming conference “Turning Tides: Caribbean Intersections in the Americas and Beyond,” to be held February 18-20, 2016, at the University of West Indies (UWI)-St Augustine, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2015. [Many thanks to Pablo Delano for bringing this item to our attention.

Call for Presentations:  What happens when we reposition our understanding of “The Caribbean” and broaden our thinking beyond the traditional major players in the geo-political sphere? Turning Tides is an international conference that takes “intersections” seriously by placing all societies touched by the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean at the centre of Western Hemispheric discussions. It provides a forum for thinking beyond regions, across languages, and amongst the humanities, social sciences, and the natural sciences.

Turning Tides provokes wide–reaching and transdisciplinary conversations about the instabilities, changes, developments, perspectives and future trends which intersect the cultures and societies bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and beyond. These intersections engage with historical, geopolitical, technological, migratory and environmental movements across land, sea and culturescapes.

We invite proposals for complete panels, individual papers, posters, roundtable discussions, performances, and alternative session formats that offer a fresh vantage point on past and present transnational and transcultural developments in the Americas.

Potential thematic rubrics include but are not limited to: First Peoples/Indigenous Peoples; Colonialism, Imperialism and Capitalism; Diasporic Societies and Transculturation; Religions and Rituals; Ecosystems and Ecologies; Technology and Innovation; Carnival, Festivals and Heritage; Sports and Sports Management; Language, Culture and Social Media; Governance, Economy and Development; Representations in Film, Art and Media; and Development Challenges-Crime, Education, Migration.

We seek to gather scholars, intellectuals, artists, and activists to join the University of the West Indies and Trinity College to examine Caribbean intersections within their hemispheric and transnational contexts. Proposals should be sent as email attachments.

(Word document or PDF) to Dario Euraque (, and Heather Cateau ( by October 15, 2015. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by November 1, 2015.

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