The deadline for the Caribbean Studies Association’s 2020 conference—“Identity Politics, Industry, Ecology and the Intelligent Economy in Caribbean Societies,” taking place in Georgetown, Guyana: June 1-5 June, 2020—has been extended to January 15, 2020.
CSA embraces proposals from all disciplinary perspectives, theoretical standpoints and methodological approaches and welcomes interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary submissions. We accept individual paper proposals but strongly recommend proposals for fully constituted panels, fully constituted round tables and pre-organized workshops. We warmly encourage proposals for panels, round tables and workshops that are multi-lingual and multi-disciplinary. We welcome proposals from researchers, academics, policy makers, teachers, students, community activists, cultural managers, writers, artists, creatives and anyone with a keen interest in Caribbean Studies.
Description: The intelligent economy is based upon “economic intelligence,” which is “recognized as a professional tool for strategy and management for states and companies in the globalized world” and includes “competitive intelligence, economic security, risk management, lobbying, public diplomacy, soft power (governments), business diplomacy (companies)” to regulate the flow of information among public and private actors. (Revel, 2010, p. 2)
Disruption is the new normal. In today’s so-called post-truth Fourth Industrial Revolution, driven by Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data where data is heralded as the “new oil,” the Caribbean faces old and new forms of complexity as the 21st century progresses. The complexities of race, ethnicity, class, language (both official and creole), skin color, indigeneity, gender, sexuality, religion and nationality continue to present challenges and contradictions in the pursuit of improving the lives of Caribbean people or towards inclusive ecological “development.” Yet, in an ever more globalized era of fast-paced technological advancements, AI has transformational potentialities that will affect the complexities that confront Caribbean development and go beyond those associated with the ticklish politics of identity. The combination of the swift pace of technological transformations and the effects of these on political, social and economic organization; on popular culture; and on cultural expression raise intriguing questions about how Caribbean life can be organized towards national, regional and even external development agendas. Moreover, the serious ecological challenges, most prominent of which is currently the threat of climate change, mean that sustainable practices must be at the center of economic development. Although balancing ecological concerns with more traditional approaches to “industry” for development poses challenges, even more daunting are shifts towards more digital and “high-tech” industrial and economic activities. Cloud computing, robotics, genetics, artificial intelligence, 3-D Printing, bio-technology, Nano-technology, intelligent machines, and block chain technologies are but some of the innovations that offer possibilities and perils, and add further layers of complexity to already complicated Caribbean realities. The CSA 2020 conference invites submissions from any disciplinary persuasion that seek to analyze, deconstruct and reflect on the technological transformations, the politics of identity and the somewhat contradictory ecological and industrial imperatives for “development” that combine to affect Caribbean societies and realities. [. . .]
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