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Caribbean Military Encounters

Caribbean Military Encounters

Editors Shalini Puri and Lara Putnam invite papers for a multidisciplinary humanities anthology that explores the Caribbean as a militarized region.

CFP deadline: Proposals due 15 December 2014; full papers due 31 May 2015

Marine Search

Marine Search, 9th May 1965: US Marines search a man in Dominica during the civil war which led to the island becoming an internally self-governing state in 1967. (Photo by Harry Benson/ Express/Getty Images)

From the CFP:

We hope to include essays from disciplines such as Art History, Cultural Studies, Literature, Media, Musicology, and Performance Studies.  Some essays might explore cartoons, art, music and literature that touch upon the militarization of everyday life.  Additionally, the collection will include testimonies and personal narratives gathered from Caribbean citizens and foreign and Caribbean military personnel.  We especially welcome contributions that draw on illuminating anecdote, narrative nuance, texture, and voice.

Our focus on lived experience, everyday life, and artistic and political cultures from across the numerous language areas of the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean distinguishes our approach from that which is dominant in Policy Studies and Security Studies.  Our approach also differs from those strands of leftist or nationalist scholarship in which resistance to militarization has taken the form of a reluctance to explore the topic except via “agonistic narratives” (Neptune, Caliban and the Yankees 11) that highlight opposition and sidestep complicity, co-implication, and reluctant or strategic participation.  We are as interested in the creative ways disenfranchised populations claim the precarious possibilities militarization offers as we are in opposition to militarization expressed in the arts, everyday life, and organized politics; practices of complicity as well as of critique.  

Please send indication of interest, 500-word proposals (or longer work), contact information, and bios of 75 words by 15 December 2014.  Consideration by editors for inclusion in the volume will be based on the complete paper, which will be due 31 May 2015.  Final acceptance will depend on peer review.

Above adapted from emailed CFP

Proposals and papers should be sent by email to




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Spiritual Soundscapes

African and Diasporic Spiritual Soundscapes
Harvard University | Friday, 3 April 2015 | 8 am – 5 pm
Film Festival Saturday, 4 April, Noon – 4pm

CFP deadline: 19 December 2014

The African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association (ADRSA) presents its third day-long conference on the theme African and Diasporic Spiritual Soundscapes. Coined by R. Murray Schafer, the term soundscape refers to a combination of sounds that inhabit an environment. Songs, stomps, chants, claps, rhythmic breaths, animal sounds, ringing bells, prayers, shaking rattles, shouts, laughter, rustles of leaves, pounding of pestle on mortar, and more comprise the soundscapes of African and Diasporic Religious practice. This conference will investigate and celebrate these sounds, the aural tapestries they weave, and the ways in which they are integral to our understandings of the worldsenses contained in these rich traditions with topics including but not limited to:

  • African and Diasporic religious perspectives on noise, music, and sound
  • Theories and meanings of the use of music and sound in ritual
  • Ethnomusicological case studies on music and sound in  African and Diasporic traditions
  • Comparative studies juxtaposing types of sound or the use of similar sounds across traditions

Submissions should center on one or more African Indigenous (Ndebele, Yoruba, Kongo, Dagara, Eedyi, Igbo, Shona, etc.) or African Diasporic (Vodou, Lukumi, Umbanda, Shango Baptist, Kumina, Revival Zion, etc.) spiritual/religious traditions. Scholar-practitioner perspectives are welcomed. Panel proposals are encouraged. Graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply.

For consideration, please submit a 500 word abstract, a 100-250 word bio, and Curriculum Vitae by 19 December 2014. Panel proposals should include a 300-500 word description of the panel and all of the above information for each participant.

Submit abstracts at

For inquiries contact

Find out more about the ADRSA at

Above adapted from emailed CFP.

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Twentieth Century Black Women’s Internationalism

Edited Collection on Twentieth Century Black Women’s Internationalism

CFP deadline: Completed manuscripts due 30 December 2014

Editors: Tiffany M. Gill (University of Delaware) and Keisha N. Blain (Penn State)

The scholarship on the Black International has been predominately male-centric, emphasizing individuals such as W.E.B. Du Bois, George Schuyler, Paul Robeson and C.L.R. James. With few exceptions, black women have been marginalized in historical narratives of black internationalism, which center on the global visions of black people in the United States and their sustained efforts to forge transnational collaborations and solidarities with people of color from across the globe. This volume is a collection of essays that analyze the gendered contours of black internationalism and explore the creative and critical ways women articulated black internationalism during the twentieth century. Highlighting the writings, speeches, performances, activism, and overseas travel of a diverse range of female actors, this collection moves black women from the margins to the center of the historical narrative. However, this anthology does more than just expand the paucity of scholarship on black women and internationalism. Indeed, this volume is both an assessment of the field as well as an attempt to expand the contours of black internationalism theoretically, spatially, and temporally. In contrast to studies that confine black internationalism to foreign policy agendas and political insurgencies, this collection captures the shifting meanings, complexities, and varied articulations of the term.

The editors seek historical essays that employ a gender analysis, foreground black women’s voices, and reveal the underappreciated importance of women in shaping black internationalist movements and discourse(s) during the twentieth century. Continued…

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Genetics/Heritage: New Perspectives on the Study of Atlantic Slavery
23-25 April 2015
International Slavery Museum
Liverpool, UK

Deadline for Submissions: 250-word abstracts due 1 December 2014

From the organizers:We invite contributions to Genetics/Heritage, an international
conference on that brings together perspectives from population
genetics, archaeology, anthropology, and history. We are seeking
20-minute presentations that highlight cutting-edge research from
genetics and heritage to showcase the productive results of
collaboration across disciplinary boundaries. Papers that focus on the
history and contemporary legacies of the transatlantic slave trade are
particularly welcome.

The conference is funded by the EUROTAST, a Marie Curie Initial
Training Network and supported by the International Slavery Museum in
Liverpool. The event will also feature a keynote address from
Professor Alondra Nelson, Columbia University, and will take place the
23-24 of April, 2015 at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool,
with a community workshop on April 25th.

Proposals for papers (20 minutes in length) should be submitted as an
abstract (250 words max) by 1 December.

Please submit your abstract here.

Above adapted from email announcement. Please see the organizers’ website for more details:

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Adjunct for African American Literature course

The English Department at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, seeks to staff an English majors’ course for Spring 2015  entitled:

“The African American Literary Tradition.”

The course is being offered for the first time, and the English department is looking for an expert in the field to teach it: It is an English majors’ course (mostly 3rd and 4th year students) and will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:20-2:15 at the Staten Island campus on Victory Boulevard.

Catalog description of the course: A study of the African-American literary tradition engaging such issues as the struggle for human rights and dignity, the definition and representation of African-American culture and identity, and double consciousness. Readings may include works by Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison. For English majors or minors concentrating in literature, this course fulfills the requirements for American Literature and for “Literature by women, American minorities, or Third World writers.” For linguistics, writing, and dramatic literature concentrators, it counts as an elective in the major.

The ideal candidate will have teaching experience and expertise in African American literature. ABDs and PhD’s are welcome to apply. Please send a note and a cv to Prof. Dalia Kandiyoti:

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The Caribbean Digital Program

The Caribbean Digital
4-5 December, 2014
Barnard College | Columbia University

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Previously circulated CFP with event description

Event website:



10AM-4PM Kamau Brathwaite Researchathon
208b Butler Library, Columbia University


Opening Plenary and Reception
James Room – Barnard Hall

5-5:15 Welcome  – Kaiama L. Glover (Barnard College)

5:15-5:30 Opening Remarks – Sharon Marcus (Dean of the Humanities, Columbia University)

5:30-7PM     Session 1 – Pioneering the Caribbean Digital

Researching and Teaching with the Digital Archive
Donette Francis (University of Miami),
Leah Rosenberg (University of Florida),
Rhonda Cobham Sander (Amherst College)

Building Digital Archives in the Caribbean – Librarians, Techies, and Scholars Required
Brooke Wooldridge  (Digital Library of the Caribbean)

Moderated by Kelly Baker Josephs (York College, CUNY)


James Room – Barnard Hall Continued…

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Caribbean Queer Visualities

Yale University
14-15 November 2014

A Small Axe Project event


Description from the organizers:

Our aim in this project is to reflect on, and to stimulate the production of, creative and critical work that takes seriously the emergence of heterodox personal and public identities, identities that breach or subvert or evade the heteronormativities of colonial and postcolonial modes of being and self-expression. Growing in part out of our concern about the catastrophes of sexual othering, not to say sexual violence, so rampant in the Caribbean, we wish to ask, simply, whether or to what extent “queer” offers a way of understanding the contemporary in Caribbean visual art practice, and in scholarly considerations of this practice. Why is it imperative for Caribbean cultural workers—intellectuals and artists—to think the efficacy of “queer”? What might thinking through “queer” illuminate about the contemporary in Caribbean art practice?

Symposium program

(All events will be held at Henry R. Luce Hall, MacMillan Center, Yale University 34 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut)

friday, 14 november

5pm Welcome Reception

6:30 pm Film Screening.

“She” (2012)

Children of God (2010)

saturday, 15 november

8:30am Breakfast

9: 00 Introduction

9:15 Session I: Kareem Mortimer and Roshini Kempadoo

10:15 Session II: Andil Gosine and Vanessa Agard Jones

11:15 Coffee Break

11:30 Session III: Leasho Johnson and Patricia Saunders

12:30 Lunch

2:00 Session IV: Ewan Atkinson and Jafari Allen

3:00 Session V: Ebony Patterson and Nadia Ellis

4:00 The Way Forward

5:00 Closing Reception


For more information, visit the Small Axe website

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Memories of Things to Come

“Memories of Things to Come: Anthony Joseph and a Futuristic Caribbean Aesthetic”
by Kelly Baker Josephs

5 November 2014
Lucy Stone Hall, Room A266
Livingston Campus
Rutgers University


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Adjunct positions in African Diasporic studies

The Department of Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies Department at Hunter College is seeking to hire adjunct instructors to teach the following courses during the Spring 2015 semester:

African American History I (Tues. & Thurs 5:35-6:50)
Survey of historical experiences of African people in U.S. from the African heritage to end of the Civil War

Introduction to Black Politics (Mon. & Thurs. 11:10-12:25 PM).
General survey of politics of African world with major emphasis on African American politics

Caribbean Literature (Mon. & Wed. 5:35-6:50 PM)
Introduction to the historical development and major artistic preoccupations of Caribbean literature.

Introduction to Hip Hop Culture and History (Mon. & Wed.7:00-8:15 PM)
Explores the cultural, social, political and economic impact of the genre

Applicants should email cover letter and vitae to:
Anthony P. Browne Ph.D.
Department of Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies
Hunter College The City University of New York

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The Caribbean on Film in the 70s

Wake the Town and Tell the People: The Caribbean on Film in the 70s

25-26 October 2014
Medgar Evers College
Jackson Auditorium
1638 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11125

wake the town


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