Call for Papers: “Memory, Migration, and Decolonisation in the Caribbean and Beyond, 1804 to the Present”


A post by Peter Jordens.

Conference / Symposium: “Memory, Migration, and Decolonisation in the Caribbean and Beyond, 1804 to the Present,” May 23–24, 2017, Woburn Suite, Room G22/26, Ground Floor, Senate House; Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), School of Advanced Studies, University of London (Malet Street, London).

ILAS invites papers that interrogate the intersections between memory, migration, and decolonisation across the Caribbean and its diasporas. The conference seeks to explore how ideas about decolonisation have resonated in the Caribbean, the Americas, and Europe. It takes Haitian independence (1804) as a thinking point for debates surrounding concepts of independence, colonialisms, and freedoms. The organizers welcome papers that explore contemporary practices of neo-colonialism and resistances to them as well as issues of formal ‘decolonisation’. The conference will develop themes of decolonisation by moving beyond any set discipline; the organizers are particularly interested to hear proposals from artists, curators, musicians and community activists, as well as scholars. As part of an ongoing oral history project, this conference will feature a community-led public engagement activity that focuses on the lived experiences of decolonisation and migration amongst members of Britain’s Caribbean diaspora.

Themes of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Memories and experiences of migration, empire, and (de)colonisation
  • (Neo)colonialism in the contemporary Caribbean and beyond
  • The development of national consciousness
  • Caribbean literature
  • Theorising decolonisation
  • Visions of a post-colonial future.

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words, by Friday March 17, 2017 to

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Matthew Smith (University of the West Indies, Mona).

Guest Speakers: Prof. Tina K. Ramnarine (Royal Holloway, University of London), Dr. William ‘Lez’ Henry (University of West London).

Conveners: Jack Webb and William Tantam (ILAS).

Maria del Pilar Kaladeen (Centre for Postcolonial Studies).

In association with AHRC Translating Cultures Theme.

Supported by the Society for Latin American Studies.


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