Call for Papers: CSA 2016 Conference (Deadline Extended)


The deadline for submissions to the Caribbean Studies Association 2016 conference has been extended to November 15, 2015. Organized around the main theme, “Caribbean Global Movements: People, Ideas, Culture, Arts and Economic Sustainability,” the conference will take place June 5-11, 2016 at Hotel Karibe, Pétionville, Haiti.

Description: The Caribbean has always been the site of global interactions and transactions. Movements from one place to the other across diverse geographic locations and spaces (from island to island, the circum-Caribbean and from the region to continental locations) have played an important role in the dissemination of ideas and sharing of cultural practices from the indigenous people’s pre-Columbian experience to the contemporary Caribbean. Haitian scholar Michel Rolph Trouillot has argued inGlobal Transformations, that the Caribbean has long been global with its “massive flow of goods, peoples, information, and capital across huge areas of the earth’s surface in ways that make the parts dependent on the whole” (2003: 47). This conference will establish a cross-disciplinary and trans-lingual encounter that will reinforce the intellectual integration of various linguistic and spatial locations of the Caribbean. It will be also an occasion to have much needed conversation about the vital contributions of Haiti to the region and the world, particularly in terms of history of resistance, knowledge production, and the arts.

The theme of the 2016 conference – Caribbean Global Movements: People, Ideas, Culture, Arts and Economic Sustainability – proposes a focus on the various movements that identify the Caribbean as located firmly in the global currents, while also repositioning questions of knowledge and sustainability. It also offers a space to think through the centrality of Haiti in these movements and how we can envision and plan future movements. It is expected that the conference will give the opportunity to showcase the history, wealth and diversity of Haitian scholarship (institutional and independent), which has contributed to unconventional and needed responses to issues facing the country and the larger Caribbean. Overall, this conference will examine how Caribbean global movements operate, as people, ideas, and cultural arts from the Caribbean continue to have transnational impact.

We are inviting scholarly papers, workshops, and roundtable proposals from individuals spanning the broadest disciplinary and methodological range whose work focuses upon the Caribbean and its Diaspora. We welcome submissions that engage the complexities of the region, particularly in terms of the intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality, nationality, religion, etc. We are also very interested in workshop and roundtable proposals that offer engaged discussion in any of the proposed topic areas with a focus on solutions and models for change. We invite artists of all kinds to submit work for consideration in the visual and performance arts track and the film track – more specific calls for submissions will be circulated.

We will be giving priority to fully constituted panels, in particular ones that are multi-disciplinary and multilingual. We welcome submissions and proposals on a range of topics that relate to the overall conference theme within any of these topic areas, such as (but not limited to):

1) Caribbean migrations, including intra-island and circum-Caribbean migrations; theories and impacts of globalisation on Caribbean societies, and contestinginsularity; the CSME and free movement of labour and anti-immigration laws; addressing anti-Haitian sentiments and anti-Black migration across the region.

2) Caribbean development and ideas for sustainable economic integration of the Caribbean; neoliberal policies and the neo-colonial/postcolonial state (violence and control); complications of tourism as the model for development;Caribbean diasporas’ contribution to regional economies; the place of local economies (from informal sectors to small business); climate change impact on Caribbean economies, people and environments.

3) Caribbean labour and social movements; Caribbean domestic and sexual labour within regional and global economies; the politics of disaster relief and humanitarian aid (in Haiti especially); food sovereignty and Caribbean agribusiness; regional industries, infrastructure and production; the politics of labour movements in the region.

4) Caribbean intellectual and socio-political movements — radical intellectual history in relation to philosophy, knowledge production, and Haiti; Caribbean feminisms and grassroots activism; Caribbean men’s movements; social justice and civil society organisations; and education for social change.

5) Caribbean creative imagination and spiritual movements — Caribbean arts and craft as global commodities; internationalization of reggae and Rastafari; Caribbean style, music and dance cultures; Haitian visual art and global cultural circuits; performance and Carnival culture; Afro-Caribbean spirituality and religious movements.

We provide a setting where multi- and inter-disciplinary views are strongly encouraged, where the arts and humanities meet the social sciences, and where different ways of seeing and communicating about the world are presented by a diverse array of participants. In order to facilitate inter-disciplinary exchange, we encourage our members to propose ideas for papers and panels, by way of contacting others to create multi-disciplinary and multi-lingual panels at our website’s forum. We also encourage members to invite a range of participants, from independent and emerging scholars to well-known scholars, from professionals in industry, politics, etc. to activists, artists, and community-based researchers.

Guidelines for Panel/Paper Submissions: Please follow the guidelines for submission and review the reminders announcement for questions about the process (specifically — translation concerns, how to submit fully constituted panels, and what information you need for the Abstract Submission portal.)

For additional information or help with suggested topics, submission forms, author celebration, literary salon, film and arts tracks, and/or translation, please contact the CSA Program Co-Chairs, Marie-José Nzengou-Tayo and Angelique V. Nixon, at

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