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October 25, 2009


MARCH 6 2010,

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO Multi Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Avenue, Toronto

CALL FOR PAPERS The Conference Organising Committee invites students from any tertiary institution in the Toronto area, and any discipline or field, to participate in the U of T Caribbean Studies Programme’s second one-day, student-organised, interdisciplinary conference on the Caribbean and its diaspora. Now in its second year, this annual conference offers a vital public venue to highlight, discuss and celebrate the work and ideas of students interested in the Caribbean. All students, faculty and friends of the Caribbean Studies Programme at the University of Toronto, and members of the college and university community and the public are invited to attend and participate in the conversation. The primary organisers and most of the participants are students themselves (with faculty and staff support).

This conference gives organisers and participants the opportunity to gain invaluable organising experience and a chance to get a glimpse of what it might feel like to pursue a career in academia. Additionally, it creates a unique space for community interaction, self-empowerment and networking. All of the work submitted will be considered for possible publication. We seek proposals and submissions from any of the following people or groups: – tertiary-level students across Toronto who have written a paper on a Caribbean topic, and who wish to share their work with a wider community of interested people. Term papers, book/film reports, or any other analytical format are welcome. – students who want to share and reflect upon their experiences as part of practicum or fieldwork training in the Caribbean, or with Caribbean communities in Toronto. – authors of spoken word poetry, prose, music, visual arts, and short ‘think’ pieces, whose work is relevant to the conference. The work of visual or installation artists will be featured as part of an art exhibit. All artists selected will be invited to perform and discuss their work as part of a special session of the conference focusing on the arts and the artistic process. – presenters/proposals for a special session entitled “Beyond the Classroom” which highlights the work of young, community organizers and activists who are making important contributions to building and sustaining community life in the Toronto Caribbean community. – graduate students who would like to participate as either presenters on our graduate student panels or panel facilitators/chairs. Academic presentations should be approximately 10-12 minutes long. Presenters of artistic pieces are also encouraged to work within this time frame. Based on the submissions which we receive we will group the papers into panels with general themes. The conference takes place on
March 6 2010, with a deadline for proposals and submissions on February 7 2010.

Submissions/proposals should be a summary of your work not exceeding 300 words in length. If yours is an artistic piece then you may submit the entire work. All submissions should include a title; the individual’s name and institution; a telephone number and an email address. Refreshments and lunch will be served. We will have some limited childcare available with experienced childcare providers, but spaces are limited. Those in need of childcare in order to facilitate their involvement in the conference are strongly encouraged to make arrangements with the COC ahead of time.

For more information please contact any of the following COC members: Samantha Peters, MA Candidate, Social and Equity Studies ( Melanie Newton, Department of History and New College ( 416-978-4054) Members of the Conference Organising Committee: Lenore Butcher (Undergraduate); Chantal Persad and Claire-Hélène Heese-Boutin (Undergraduates and Caribbean Studies Students Union representatives) Sharifa Khan, Samantha Peters, Latania Christie (Graduate) Melanie Newton, Alissa Trotz (Faculty advisors)

CFP: Vodou: Construction and Representations May 13-14, 2010

October 8, 2009



May 13th – 14th 2010
Laval University, Québec City, Canada

Haitian vodou was born in Hispanola during the European colonization. It emerged from the encounter of African, European, ancient Caribbean as well as American cults and traditions. Given its origins, it shares some similarities with other Afro-Caribbean cults, such as santerìa in Cuba, shango in Trinidad, or obeah in Jamaica. Vodou could be briefly described as a heterogeneous set of medical, magic and religious practices, which developed over the course of history, undergoing constant transformation. The subject has been the focal interest of a wide range of historical, cultural and political discourses and analyses. Contested in the 19th century, then gradually revalorized during the 20th century, vodou – and its role in Haitian history and culture – have much evolved since independence in 1804. Although vodou practices have an undeniable empirical reality, they are difficult to grasp in their totality. Manifestations are manifold and inscribed in different spheres of everyday life spanning from religion to health, politics and culture.

Focusing on the representations and construction of Haitian vodou, this conference will
pursue several objectives:
– to shed light on how knowledge of Haitian vodou is produced and to identify the
stakes involved, especially (but not exclusively) in the social sciences;
– to examine links between vodou, history and politics;
– to analyse representations of vodou through the means of visual arts,
literature, and the media;
– to discuss efforts made to increase the visibility and legitimacy of vodou;
– to explore the diverse locations, practices and transformations of vodou
outside of Haiti;
– to better understand vodou and its congruence with other Afro-American cults
through a comparative approach.

We will consider abstract submissions based on empirical data from practitioners or their representatives as well as creative or scholarly work from artists and researchers in this field. All contributions should demonstrate how vodou involves different social, political, economical and cultural realities.

Those wishing to present a paper are requested to send a 300 word abstract with a working title as well as a short CV before November 15th, 2009 to the email address below:



a realizarse los días 13-14 de mayo de 2010
Universidad Laval, Quebec, Canada

Nacido durante la colonización, el vodou haitiano es el resultado del encuentro de cultos
y tradiciones de origen africano, europeo, caribeño (antiguo) y americano. A lo que debe
agrearse otros cultos afrocaribeños, tales como la santería de Cuba, el shango de
Trinidad, y el obeah de Jamaica. Una breve definición del vodou apuntaría hacia un
conjunto heterogéneo de prácticas médicas, mágicas y religiosas elaboradas y renovadas al
compás de la historia. Este conjunto de prácticas ha sido el objeto de construcciones,
discursos y análisis plurales arraigados histórica, cultural y políticamente. Combatido
en el siglo XIX y progresivamente revalorizado en el XX, el lugar y el papel del vodou en
la historia y la cultura haitiana han evolucionado mucho desde la independencia de 1804.
Las prácticas vodou tienen una realidad empírica innegable. Sin embargo, es difícil
delimitar esas prácticas en la medida en que sus manifestaciones son plurales y se
refieren a la vez a los campos de la religión, de la gestión de la enfermedad y de la
desgracia, y de las esferas política y cultural.

Centrado en el vodou haitiano, este coloquio se propone como objetivos:
– Aclarar las modalidades y los desafíos de los conocimientos producidos sobre el
vodou haitiano, en particular, en el marco de las ciencias sociales ;
– Examinar los vínculos existentes entre vodou, historia y política ;
– Describir las diferentes modalidades y espacios de realización del vodou a
través de las artes visuales, de la literatura o de otras formas artísticas o de
información ;
– Discutir los esfuerzos de visibilización y de legitimación del vodou ;
– Explorar la diversidad de los lugares, de las prácticas y de las
transformaciones del vodou presentes fuera de Haiti ;
– Inspirarse de los análisis de distintos cultos afroamericanos para mejorar la
comprensión de las figuras que de ellos toma prestadas el vodou.

Se aceptará las propuestas de ponencia inspiradas o no de material empírico, procedentes
tanto de los protagonistas y expertos como de sus representantes, artistas e
investigadores interesados en el tema, capaces de revelar cómo el vodou se integra a
distintas realidades sociales, políticas, económicas y culturales.

El envío de las propuestas de ponencia, que deben incluir un título, una corta nota
biográfica y un resumen de 300 palabras, debe realizarse antes del 15 de noviembre de
2009 a la dirección siguiente:


13-14 mai 2010
Inivèsite Laval, Québec, Canada

Vodou ayisyen soti nan epòk kolonizasyon ak rankont divès relijyon ak tradisyon afriken,
eropeyen, karibeyen lontan, ak ameriken. Poutèt sa, nou ka konpare li ak lot kilt
afrokaribeyen kouwè santeria nan Kiba, shango, nan Trinidad, et obeah nan Jamayik. Pou n
fè yon definisyon rapid nou ka di ke vodou se yon melanj remèd oswa senp, maji epi
relijyon ki kontinye devlope pandan tout istwa peyi a. Anpil koze ak divès analiz ki
chita sou istwa, lakilti, oswa politik fèt sou vodou. Plas ak ròl vodou nan istwa ayiti
ak kilti li chanje anpil depi endepandans peyi a an 1804. Yo te konbat li nan 19èm sièk
la, epi yo kòmanse, ti kras pa ti kras, bal valè pandan 20èm syèk la. Menm si egzistans
reyèl pratik vodou yo se yon bagay ke nenpòt moun ka konstate ak je yo, nou mal pou nou
sènen yo byen paske yo pran divès fòm epi yo makonnen an menm tan ak kesyon relijyon,
lasante ak maladi, malchans, politik ak lakilti.

Kolòk sa a pral santre sou vodou ayisyen e ap gen plizyè objektif :
– Bat pou konprann sa k ap jwe dèyè konstriksyon konesans sou vodou nan domèn
syans sosyal yo ;
– Egzamine lyen ant vodou, istwa ak politik ;
– Fè yon chita sou kijan vodou pran plas, jounen jodia, nan literati, penti, ak
tout lòt fòm atistik epi medyatik ;
– Diskite sou efò k ap fèt pou fè konnen epi fè respekte vodou ;
– Fouye sou pratik vodou ayisyen an lòt bò dlo, epi bat pou konprann, nan diferan
kote sa a yo, divèsite pratik ak transfòmasyon vodou ki fèt la ;
– Sèvi ak analiz ki fèt sou lòt kilt ki pratike nan amerik la pou pi byen
konprann divès fòm vodou ayisyen an ka pran.

Nou ta vle jwenn kominikasyon ki kapab moutre kijan vodou a pran plas nan reyalite
sosyal, politik, ekonomik ak kiltirèl peyi a, kit kominikasyon an chita sou rechèch teren
kit li pa genyen. N ap tann pwopozisyon nan men moun k ap aji nan domèn vodou a, k ap
pratike vodou, osinon moun ki reprezante yo, epi nan men atis, chèchè, ki enterese a sijè
Ou mèt voye pwopozisyon kominikasyon an ak yon tit, yon ti biyografi pa w, epi yon rezime
300 mo avan 15 novanm 2009 nan adrès sa a :


September 17, 2009


April 20-24, 2010

Louisiana State University
Lod Cook Conference Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana


CONFERENCE THEME: Caribbean Dislocations / Caribbean Diasporas


Keynote: Lorna Goodison
Featured Writers: Mayra Santos-Febres, Lakshmi Persaud, Fabienne Kanor Marie-Célie Agnant, and Ismene Krishnadath
Featured Artist: Deborah Jack

Conference Co-Chairs:
Myriam J. A. Chancy & Angeletta KM. Gourdine, LSU

ACWWS is pleased to announce a call for papers for the 12th conference of the society to be held at the Lod Cook Conference Center of LSU, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The unique position of Louisiana as a historical and cultural point of encounter with the Caribbean gives us the opportunity to consider a re-conceptualization of the “Caribbean” in terms of its Diasporas and connections to the Americas. Our conference theme, Caribbean Dislocations / Caribbean Diasporas, urges explorations and interceptions of “traditional” notions of regions, boundaries, movement, and portable identities, as well as explorations between merging Caribbean, Latino, and African Diasporas. We also encourage investigations of the relationship between the experience of dislocation with the historical processes of Diaspora in interdisciplinary and international contexts. We welcome papers and presentations focusing primarily on the unique contribution that writing by Caribbean women renders of that negotiation.

Panels and presentations based on the work of our celebrated featured authors and artist are especially appreciated. ACWWS is also calling for presentations that highlight creative writing in particular, including workshops that would allow emerging Caribbean authors individual attention in a unique collaborative setting. Please note that though the conference highlights Caribbean women writers, presentations and panels from all disciplines, on all aspects of Caribbean women’s experience, are invited. The conference will make every effort to accommodate presentations in all of the recognized, official languages of the Caribbean, aside from English: French, Kreyol, Spanish, Dutch.

Suggested Paper/ Panel Topics:

Dislocation and diasporas, migration
Boundaries and border crossings
Sexuality and gender in Caribbean women’s writing
Labor, social class, and agency
French Caribbean and/or Haitian writing
Louisiana, Caribbean, and Gulf ties
Creativity and process in writing
Panels on the work of invited keynote and guest speakers
Spanish Caribbean and Latin American connections / disconnections
Anglophone Caribbean writing
Historical crossings and contemporary changes
Globalization and local impacts
Caribbean children’s literature
Travel writing and cultural encounter / clash
Caribbean film
Caribbean religious culture
African Diaspora connections, legacies, and re-appropriations
Women’s material and expressive culture in Caribbean writing
Linguistic border-crossings
Indo-Caribbean culture and literature
Post-colonialism, neo-colonialism, and the Caribbean
Music and song in Caribbean women’s writing
Memory, migration, and new community formation
Dutch Caribbean writing
Multiple identities and poly-vocality in Caribbean women’s writing
Feminist readings of Caribbean men’s writing/or women in the works of Caribbean male writers

All papers must represent new, previously unpublished work. Please include your full name, institutional affiliation, title, phone number and email address with your proposal. Performance artists are also encouraged to submit proposals for music, film and/or theatre presentations.

We strongly encourage panel proposals. A panel proposal should include a detailed abstract for each paper, a designated chair, and a short statement as to why the submissions should be considered as a panel rather than as individual presentations.

For all submissions, please submit: paper/panel title, 200-word abstract of paper(s), a short bio. with presenter(s) affiliation and contact info.

Additionally, a small number of travel subsidies for graduate students and Caribbean participants will be available based on demonstrable need i.e. lack of support from institutional and governmental sources. To apply for a travel subsidy, write a short letter of request that includes proof of need and accompany the letter with the submission of your presentation abstract.

Submissions and inquiries should be emailed to:

For Conference details as they become available, please visit

(Conference hotel information forthcoming late fall.)

Book Vendors, please address inquiries for exhibit space to the email address above.

You must be an ACWWS member to present at the conference. Membership is open to writers and scholars with research, teaching, writing, and study interests in the work of Caribbean women writers, or in Caribbean literature generally.

For further information on MEMBERSHIP and MEMBERSHIP DUES, please select the “Brochure Download” link at


September 17, 2009




Kumari Jayawardena’s examination of feminism and nationalism in the Third World in the
mid-1980s clearly demonstrated that far from being merely symbolic of, or subject to, patriarchal constructions of nation, women were actively and variously invested in anti-colonial and national political movements. In this vein, MaComère invites
contributions for a special issue on Women and National Political Struggles in the
Caribbean. In what ways were women caught up in anti-colonial, anti-imperialist,
nationalist and revolutionary struggles in the Caribbean, and what did their
participation mean? How do various social relations intersect to shape specific
iterations of resistance? Where might women be found in the regonal and diasporic
networks that inflected various nationalisms? How might we track those legacies across the contemporary Caribbean and what are the current modalities of women’s participation in the political process? While this special issue responds to a sense that we know relatively little about women’s own experiences in relation to these processes, we want to move beyond the addition or recovery of women’s voices to consider the epistemological implications of this endeavour for questions of sovereignty, self-determination, state formation.

We are seeking longer scholarly articles (approximately 5000 words) as well as poems (no more than 3 per person) and short stories (no more than 3000 words and 1 submission per person). We also welcome short biographies of women about whom little is documented, and whose example illuminates the theme of this special issue, for a ‘Recovered Lives’ Section (a maximum of 2500 words).

Some examples of possible themes include:
Women and the anti-colonial movement
Diasporic contributions and Caribbean politics
Literary traditions and national consciousness
Revolutionary struggles, anti-dictatorial movements
Women, labour and the state
Reconsidering gender and sovereignty in the non-independent Caribbean
Women’s movements

We seek to achieve a broad regional coverage spanning the main linguistic areas of the Caribbean, highlighting the diverse experiences and socio-political contexts of the Anglophone, Hispanic, Francophone and Dutch Caribbean from the small islands of the archipelago to the mainland Caribbean territories of Central and South America. We especially encourage submissions with a comparative focus. /MaComère /is a multi-disciplinary journal and as such welcomes historical and contemporary contributions from across the humanities and social sciences as well as contributions from creative writers.

Submission process:

If you are interested in making a submission to this special issue, please send a 300
word abstract to the Guest Editors, Alissa Trotz, University of Toronto
( <;) and Kate Quinn, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London (
<;). The due date for abstracts is November 30, 2009. After review of the abstracts, selected potential contributors will be invited in to submit their full papers later in 2010 for peer review.

/MaComère/ is a refereed journal which is devoted to the scholarly studies and creative works by and about Caribbean Women in the Americas, Europe, and the Caribbean Diaspora. It is the journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, an organization founded in 1995 (

CFP: Cave Hill Philosophy Symposium 2009 Conversations V: Theories of Knowledge November 19 and 20, 2009

April 8, 2009

Call for Papers Cave Hill Philosophy Symposium 2009 Conversations V: Theories of Knowledge November 19 and 20, 2009

Hosted by the Department of History and Philosophy, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados

The broad theme for the fifth Cave Hill Philosophy Symposium (CHiPS) will be epistemology. This area of philosophy has seen some dramatic changes especially in the past three decades, with the alternative approaches offered to traditional mainstream epistemology by social epistemology and naturalized epistemology. These developments have brought about a shift in the old ordering of perception, memory and testimony as sources of knowledge—where perception and memory usually ranked as the best and most secure sources, and testimony as a distant third. Several works over the past two decades have pointed to testimony being an increasingly urgent and interesting topic of epistemological analysis. These works also open space to consider—as feminist and other post-colonial theorists have long been doing—the extent to which the epistemic authority of testimony varies across situations and circumstances of social and political inequality. Likewise they call into question earlier lack of concern for the ways of conceiving the knower and his or her being in the world. CHiPS V will therefore focus on these developments, examining themes such as testimony, epistemic authority, objectivity/subjectivity, knowledge and power, and related issues. The Symposium welcomes papers that offer philosophical explorations of these and related topics. The tradition that has developed in our philosophical conversations at CHiPS is one where views from varying philosophical traditions and regional philosophies are welcome, and the hope is that the contributions for Conversations V will continue this trend. The Symposium also welcomes papers of a theoretical nature in the disciplines that share a boundary with philosophy; disciplines such as critical theory, cultural studies, gender studies, law, linguistics, political theory, theology, and others. Papers with such an orientation should grapple with the social dimensions of epistemology within their respective disciplines. Our keynote speaker will be Dr Lorraine Code. She is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at York University in Toronto Canada, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr Code specializes in Epistemology, Feminist Epistemology and the Politics of Knowledge; Epistemic Responsibility; Twentieth-century French Philosophy (Foucault, Beauvoir, Le Doeuff); Ecological Theory and Post-Colonial Theory. Her books include: Epistemic Responsibility (1987), What Can She Know? (1991), Rhetorical Spaces (1995), and Ecological Thinking (2006); she was editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories (2000), and Feminist Interpretations of Hans-Georg Gadamer (2003); and co-translator of Michèle Le Doeuff The Sex of Knowing (2003). CHiPS V, and its successors, will be held in the third week of November to coincide with UNESCO World Philosophy Day (this year November 19th). While the Symposium itself will address the profession, we hope to include activities that will carry philosophy to a wider audience. In an effort to ensure well-prepared, quality presentations, abstracts (300-500 words) are due by August 31, 2009. Participants whose abstracts are accepted by the vetting committee will then be required to submit their completed papers via email as an attachment in Open Office, Word or Wordperfect by the firm deadline of October 19, 2009. (These papers will then be posted on-line for other participants to consult prior to the conference with the intention that time at the Symposium can be devoted much more to discussion than to exposition of the written papers.) We hope that revised papers will continue to be available online: those from the earlier symposia can be accessed from Contact persons: Dr Frederick Ochieng’-Odhiambo: Mr Ed Brandon: Ms Roxanne Burton:

CFP: Caribbean Philosophical Association 2009 meeting Miami

December 11, 2008

The Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA) invites proposals from
scholars in any discipline who aim to “shift the geography of reason”
by exploring critical, theoretical, and creative questions about or
relating to the Caribbean, its Diaspora, and the “global south” more
generally, including the South in the North.  We particularly welcome
North-South and South-South intersections and/or dialogues.  The theme
for this meeting deals with migrations and diaspora.  While proposals
dealing with the broader organizing theme of the CPA (“shifting the
geography of reason”) will be welcome, the organizers are especially
interested in presentations and panels that highlight questions about
space, traveling, national and transnational communities, gender and
sexuality, and issues of race and identity across migrations and
diasporas not only in the Caribbean, but globally. We accept proposals
in English, French, and Spanish.

The principle goal of the CPA is to support the free exchange of ideas
and foster an intellectual community that is truly representative of
the diversity of voices and perspectives that is paradigmatic of, but
not limited to, the Caribbean.  The Caribbean is thus understood not
solely as a geopolitical region, but more generally as a trope to
investigate certain dimensions of the multiple undersides of
modernity.  Likewise, philosophy is conceived, not as an isolated
academic discipline, but as rigorous theoretical reflection about
fundamental problems faced by humanity.  Understood in this way,
Caribbean philosophy is a transdisciplinary form of interrogation
informed by scholarly knowledges as well as by practices and artistic
expressions that elucidate fundamental questions that emerge in
contexts of “discovery,” conquest, racial, gender, and sexual
domination, genocide, dependency, and exploitation as well as freedom,
emancipation, and decolonization.   Reflection about these areas often
appears in philosophical texts, but also in a plethora of other genres
such as literature, music, and historical writings.  The CPA invites
theoretical engagements with all such questions, thematic areas, and
genres with emphasis on any given discipline or field, but with a
common interest in “shifting the geography of reason,” by which we
mean approaching the Caribbean and the “global south” in general as
zones of sustainable practices and knowledges.  As stated above, the
principal areas of focus in the 2009 conference are migrations and

The deadline for abstracts and panel proposals is February 15, 2009.

Best regards,

Nelson Maldonado-Torres

CPA President &

Associate Professor


CFP: MEMORY/POSTMEMORY, MUSIC & IDENTITY:The Construction of a Diasporic Black West Indian Experience

December 3, 2008

An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Caribbean and its Diaspora


The Construction of a Diasporic Black West Indian Experience

Saturday 25th April, 2009

Centre for Translation & Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Warwick

Coventry, United Kingdom

This is an interdisciplinary conference that seeks to analyze how the
shifting boundaries, sense of dislocation, and loss of rootedness are
grounded into the construction of the urban transnational Black West
Indian identity. Yaad/Yard-Hip Hop characterizes this identity through
the post-immigration generation, who found themselves “locked
symbiotically in an antagonistic relationship” between their parent/s’
memories of home and their understanding of self within the
socio-political context of Britain and the United States. The aim of
this conference is to initiate a scholarly interchange between
disciplines, in ways that will critically analyze the intersection of
memory/rememory/postmemory and popular culture in the construction of
the Black West Indian experience in Britain and the United States
between the 1960s and the 1990s.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

Geography and identity
Race/ethnicity/national/dual identities

Migration, ethnic diasporas, translocal communities
Place and space
Music-reggae/dancehall and rap/hip-hop
Popular culture



Music Videos


Gender, sexuality, and the Black body
Nation language
Politics of location


Please submit a working title and a brief abstract of 250-300

An abbreviated CV
Your institutional affiliation, phone number, and e-mail

A statement of your audio/visual needs, if necessary
Send all materials electronically as attachments to the contact
listed below;

Abstract Due:31st December 2008 (250-300 words)

Essay Due: 16th March 2009 (MLA style, 8-10 pages)

Conference paper
presentations are limited to 20 minutes.

Submit to: La Tasha Brown

Centre for
Translation & Comparative Cultural Studies
University of
Coventry, CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
Tele.:Â +44 (0) 24
7652 3655; Fax: +44 (0) 24 7652 4468

The authors will be notified about their conference acceptance by
February 2, 2009. The final copy of the essay will be due by March 16,
2009. Submissions and questions should be directed to