37th Annual Meeting of the West Indian Literature Conference

King Tide (2016)

The 37th Annual Meeting of the West Indian Literature Conference, Global Caribbean Studies: “Scapes,” October 4-6, 2018. Hosted by Hemispheric Caribbean Studies (HCS), the University of Miami, Newman Alumni Center, located at 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, Florida.

This year’s conference features the following keynote speeches: October 4, “Shipscapes: Imagining an Ocean of Space,” by Elizabeth DeLoughrey (University of California, Los Angeles); October 5, “Frame Work: Imaging and the Afterlife of Things,” by Kevin Browne (University of the West Indies, St. Augustine); and October 6, “The Debris of Caribbean History: Literature, Art and Archipelagic Plastic,” by Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert (Vassar College). Among the spectacular sessions, there is also a book launch and a wide variety of workshops.

Description: This year’s conference recognizes the vast routes/roots that link the Caribbean to the hemisphere and the globe. As many writers and literary scholars have noted, the immense bodies of water that appear to isolate belie the currents that intimately connect, and at times, destroy shelter, lands, and peoples. Deploying Arjun Appadurai’s concept of “scapes” that work to enable the exchange of ideas and information, we hope to engage a breadth of issues relevant to Caribbeanists in the region and its diasporas. Throughout the conference, our aim will be to explore the intersections between disciplinary approaches to problems that are borne out of the shifting tides of globalization and cultural expression. Undoubtedly researchers in literary studies, anthropology, history, philosophy, medicine, sociology and environmental studies, are all concerned with issues of global migration, environmental sustainability, human rights, state power, education and other global issues that have particularly devastating impacts in the circum-Caribbean region. Our conference will examine some of the innovative approaches to addressing these issues across national, cultural and disciplinary boundaries, and particularly encourage inter, multi, and transdisciplinary conversations and panels.

[Photo above: “King Tide” by Kevin Adonis Browne.]

Here is a link to the conference program: http://www.as.miami.edu/windianlitconf/conference-program/

For more information, see http://www.as.miami.edu/windianlitconf/

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