Call for Papers: 35th Annual West Indian Literature Conference: Archiving Caribbean Literature and Popular Culture

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The 35th Annual West Indian Literature Conference, which will focus on “Archiving Caribbean Literature and Popular Culture,” will take place on October 6-8, 2016 at Montego Bay, Jamaica. The deadline for proposals is May 17, 2016.

Description: Caribbean literature and popular culture have benefited from technological innovations that facilitate the production, distribution, and consumption of literary and cultural texts. Critical and scholarly inquiry has been renewed by the expansion of canonical and archival possibilities. Digital archives have been established, such as the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC and the Caribbean Film Database. Digital access to Caribbean literary and cultural journals has been extended via mainstream academic databases such as Proquest, Project Muse, and JSTOR, online literary magazines and blogs, and the sale of Caribbean texts through online booksellers. The explosion of social media constitutes a new site of archival production. As the editors of The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature observe, digital technologies enable “the extension of the Caribbean literary archive in both chronological directions at once.” Art forms such as film, theatre, music, dance, and fashion also benefit from this archival expansion. Access to a globalized Caribbean literary and cultural archive also generates new critical, theoretical, practical and ethical questions for critics, historians, and archivists regarding the sites of cultural production, consumption, and interpretation.

The 35th Annual West Indian Literature Conference highlights the significance of the archive in Caribbean literary and cultural studies. We invite papers that explore the centrality of the archive in Caribbean literature, and the conceptual, practical, spatial, and technological aspects of archival projects.

Papers might examine the following issues: Archival Politics, Theories, and Methods; The Body as Archive; Digital Archiving and Caribbean Literature and Culture; Culture, Memory, and the Archive Literary; Archives and Publishing; Cultural Institutions and the Archive; Digital Caribbean 2.0: Social Media and the Caribbean Cultural Archive; Archives, Libraries, Exhibitions, Festivals; Creative Industries and the Archives; Archiving the Caribbean Diaspora; Vernacular Archives; Sound Archives; and Visual Archives.

Guidelines: Abstracts should not exceed 250 words in length, and should include (1) a title, (2) name, status and institutional affiliation of the presenter(s), (3) a contact email address, and (4) a mailing address. Please also let us know if you require any special equipment. Papers will be a maximum of twenty (20) minutes in length. Abstracts or proposals for panels comprising three papers should be emailed by May 17, 2016 to



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