CFP Deadline: 31 July 2018
The Journal of West Indian Literature announces the November 2018 Special Issue dedicated to the work of Marlon James. From his first novel, John Crow’s Devil, that engages queer sexual identity, religious dogmatism and violence, through his outstanding second novel, The Book of Night Women, that focuses on slavery, racial hegemony and female agency, to The Brief History of Seven Killings, which looks at the political upheaval of the 1970s, transnational crime and popular culture, James has created dramatic renditions of Jamaican history. While all of his novels have been well-received, his literary profile has exploded since he won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Brief History.
23rd November 2018
University of the West Indies
Cave Hill Campus, Barbados
CFP Deadline: Abstracts of 250 words and a brief biographical note must be submitted by 29 June 2018
CFP: Special issue of Ariel: a Review of International English Literature, slated for publication in 2020
Due dates: 250-word abstracts due August 1, 2018; final articles due January 15, 2019.
Call for Papers
This special 50th anniversary issue of Ariel: a Review of International English Literature, will unpack the tensions and interrelationships between postcolonial studies and Indigenous studies. When Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths, and Helen Tiffin published The Empire Writes Back (1989), the ensuing recognition of Canada and the United States as products of imperialism and colonization necessarily provoked questions about the people who preceded settlers. Indigenous literary studies became recognized as a necessary missing piece of those conversations. However, the vocabulary and approaches of postcolonial theory often failed to address–or even obstructed–questions that Indigenous literary scholars, particularly those with community obligations, needed to consider. Ariel’s 50th Anniversary Issue is an opportunity to reconsider the trajectory of discussions among Indigenous and postcolonial studies scholars and practitioners. At this historical juncture of increased visibility of issues concerning Indigenous rights, migration, displacement, and global imperialism among other pressing urgencies, now is the moment to return to these debates and recast the dialogue.
7:00pm – 9:00pm
24 May 2018
20 Jay St, Suite 1010
Brooklyn, New York 11201
In his short life, Guyanese intellectual Walter Rodney emerged as one of the foremost thinkers and activists of the anti colonial revolution, leading movements in North America, Africa, and the Caribbean, Wherever he was, Rodney was a lighting rod for working-class Black Power organizing. His deportation sparked Jamaica’s Rodney Riots in 1968, and his scholarship trained a generation how to approach politics on an international scale. In 1980, shortly after founding the Working People’s Alliance in Guyana, the thirty-eight-year-old Rodney was assassinated.
“Walter Rodney’s The Russian Revolution” collects surviving texts from a series of lectures he delivered at the University of Dar Es Salaam, an intellectual hub of the independent Third World. It had been his intention to work these into a book, a goal completed posthumously with the editorial aid of Robin D. G. Kelley and Jesse Benjamin. Moving across the historiography of the long Russian Revolution with clarity and insight, Rodney transcends the ideological fault lines of the Cold War. Surveying a board range of subjects – the Narodniks, social democracy, the October Revolution, civil war, and the challenges of Stalinism–Rodney articulates a distinct viewpoint from the Third World, one that grounds revolutionary theory and history with the people in motion.
Above text adapted from webpage.
6:00pm – 8:00pm
22 May 2018
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
120 East 125th Street
New York, NY 10035
RSVP here. Admission is FREE. Suggested donation is $5.
In the spirit of John Berger and Bell Hooks, former Washington Post journalist and current Howard University professor Natalie Hopkinson meditates on art as protest and the role of beauty in politically perilous times in A MOUTH IS ALWAYS MUZZLED: Six Dissidents, Five Continents, and the Art of Resistance. Ms. Hopkinson will be in conversation with curator, scholar, and professor Grace Ali about her newly released book. Books will be available for purchase.
6th to 7th December 2018
University of the West Indies
St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
CFP Deadline: 15 June 2018
Conference website: caribbeandigitalnyc.net
Beginning in 2014, The Caribbean Digital has sought to create a generative, multidisciplinary space within which to engage critically with the digital as practice and as historicized societal phenomenon, reflecting on the challenges and opportunities presented by the media technologies that evermore intensely reconfigure the social and geo-political contours of the Caribbean and its diasporas. We are thrilled, in the fifth iteration of this gathering, to site these conversations in the physical space of the region via our collaboration with Dr. Kevin Adonis Browne and the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.
3rd to 6th October 2018
CFP Deadline: 1 June 2018
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.
Application Deadline: 15 June 2018
The Center for Black Studies Research at the University of California Santa Barbara seeks applications for a postdoctoral fellowship on research related to Black Studies, African diaspora, Haitian studies, social movements, engaged scholarship, or urban studies. 25% of the fellowship is devoted to developing the Center’s programs and mentoring undergraduate research. The fellowship will provide salary based on the candidate’s qualifications. Research and travel allowance, and health insurance will be provided. 12-month position to begin August 2018, with possibility of 2nd year, upon evaluation. The Center is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research and service.
19th to 20th June 2018
CFP Deadline: 20 April 2018
The Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies (CCDS), in collaboration with the Eccles Centre at the British Library, is hosting its third ‘Diasporic Dialogues’ conference on 19th – 20th June, 2018. The conference will be held at the Knowledge Centre, British Library, London, UK. The deadline for panel and paper proposals is 20 April 2018.
Confirmed Keynote: Professor Robert F. Reid-Pharr, City University of New York
6:00pm – 8:00pm
25 April 2018
Wolff Conference Room – Room D1103
Albert and Vera List Academic Center, The New School
The Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs (SGIPA) presents a public screening of ‘The Past is NOT Our Future’, a new documentary film about Walter Rodney’s university years in Jamaica.
View the Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57Ytr_oRB3c
Director Matthew Smith will be present. Matthew Smith is Chair of the Department of History & Archaeology, the University of West Indies, Mona Campus and the author of ‘Liberty, Fraternity, Exile: Haiti and Jamaica After Emancipation’ (2014), and ‘Red and Black in Haiti: Radicalism, Conflict, and Political Change, 1934-1957’ (2009).
Above image and text adapted from webpage.
5:00pm – 5:30pm
19th to 20th April 2018
Frontiers of Debt in the Caribbean and Afro-America brings together scholars, journalists, activists, and artists from across these two regions in order to interrogate their contemporary re-emergence as sites of new forms of capital extraction and opposition to debt regimes. The two-day event is comprised of an art exhibit and a conference.
The art exhibit, entitled Puerto Rico Under Water: Five Artist Perspectives on Debt will be housed in the Gallery at the Columbia University Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (420 Hamilton Hall) and will open with a reception at 5pm on April 19.
The conference itself will take place between 10am and 5:30pm on April 20 at the Columbia University Law School (Jerome Green Building, Room 102).
26 April 2018
Whitney Humanities Center
David Scott is Professor and Chair of the Anthropology Department at Columbia University. His work is concerned with the reconceptualization of the way we think the story of the colonial past for the postcolonial present. He is the author of Omens of Adversity: Tragedy, Time, Memory, Justice (2014) and Stuart Hall’s Voice: Intimations of an Ethics of Receptive Generosity (2017). Professor Scott is currently working on a biography of Stuart Hall, as well as a study of slavery, evil, and repair. He is editor of Small Axe, a journal of criticism, and director of the Small Axe Project, which is involved in a number of special initiatives around visual, translation, literary, and historiographical issues.
Above text and image adapted from email.
6:00pm – 9:00pm
19 April 2018
630 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206
From April 19 – May 4, 2018, MA Curatorial Practice is pleased to present Isla Imaginaria, an exhibition curated by Natalia Viera Salgado, and featuring works by Sofía Gallisá, Lionel Cruet, Karlo Andrei Ibarra, Christopher Gregory, Natalia Lassalle-Morillo, Erika P. Rodríguez, and Edra Soto.
To schedule an appointment to view the exhibition, please contact Natalia Viera Salgado at email@example.com.
16 April 2018
19 Washington Square North, Events Space
You are cordially invited to celebrate the launch of the English translation of Franz Fanon’s Alienation and Freedom, edited by Jean Khalfa and Robert JC Young, translated by Steven Corcoran and published by Bloomsbury Press. The first collection of new writings by Frantz Fanon to be published in over 50 years, the book contains two previously unpublished plays, the bulk of Fanon’s psychiatric writings including his editorials for his hospital journal, additional political writings, letters and a complete annotated bibliography of Fanon’s library.
Join the editors for a panel discussion on the significance of this new work by Fanon with Emily Apter (NYU), Ato Quayson (NYU), Bruce Robbins (Columbia University)and Toral Gajarawala (NYU).
Refreshments witll be served. Hosted by Bloomsbury Press and NYU Abu Dhabi.
Above text and image adapted from email.
11:30am – 6:00pm
20th to 21st April 2018
Glucksman Ireland House
New York University
Registration: $10 online or by check
The faculty and students of the Atlantic World Workshop at New York University are delighted to announce our upcoming conference, “(En)gendering the Atlantic World.” Over the last five decades, historians have demonstrated that focusing on gender enables a deeper understanding of the diversity of human experience, ideologies, and epistemologies that shaped the Atlantic World. This conference builds on that work, considering both ideologies and human experience in using gender as a central framework for investigating the intertwined histories of the peoples and polities of Africa, the Americas, and Europe. How did ideologies of gender mold, refine, and/or challenge other structures of power in the Atlantic? What does centering gender provide us with that is otherwise lost, erased, or silenced? What new methodologies and approaches are made available by reading existing archives through the lens of gender?