The Caribbean Epistemologies Symposium, April 15, CUNY Graduate Center, NY


The Caribbean Epistemologies seminar at the CUNY Graduate Center will be holding a one-day symposium on April 15, 2011.  We invite submissions of paper presentations from seminar registrants and CUNY faculty and graduate students working on projects related to Caribbean Studies. 


The Caribbean Epistemologies seminar is primarily organized around the following question: How, in the postcolonial present, do we conceptualize the societies in the Caribbean? While explicitly a formulation about meaning in the postcolonial present, this question has a deep history concerning how writers, scholars and artists conceive of the Caribbean. The Caribbean, of course, is a subjective category for its inhabitants and interlocutors, representing distinct and at times contested categories of analysis. By bringing these meanings and their genealogies into relief and into conversation with one another, the organizers hope to provide generative opportunities for advancing work on the Caribbean.


For the seminar symposium, we seek presentations that will further these conversations about current innovations and challenges in Caribbean Studies in general and at CUNY in particular. Presentations should be no more than 10 minutes long. Please send abstracts of 150-200 words to by January 17, 2011.


Along with abstracts, please provide contact information, a brief bio (50 words maximum), and any audio-visual or technological equipment needed for your presentation.



Thank you,

Seminar Organizers:

Faculty co-chairs: Herman Bennett, Kelly Baker Josephs

Graduate Student co-chairs: Nicole Burrowes, Ryan Mann-Hamilton