Category Archives: CFPs

6th Global Reggae Conference: Reggae Innovation and Sound System Culture II

13th to 16th February 2019
University of the West Indies
Mona Campus, Jamaica

CFP Deadline:  30 September 2018

The University of the West Indies and Birmingham City University are delighted to announce the staging of the 6th Global Reggae Conference under the theme Reggae Innovation and Sound System Culture II. Hosted as a premier biennial event by the Institute of Caribbean Studies and the Reggae Studies Unit inside Jamaica’s Reggae Month, this conference will engage academics within a wide field of scholastic orientations and practice. This event comes as part of larger project on music and cultural innovation and black popular culture through which both Universities have engaged in a partnership to expand scholarship and outreach through community engagement, experimentation, archive building, exhibitions, among others. Continue reading

Caribbean Meridians Conference

7th to 9th February 2019
Female Orphan School, Parramatta South Campus
Western Sydney University
Sydney, Australia

CFP Deadline:  14 September 2018

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:
Michael Bucknor (University of the West Indies, Mona)
Alexis Wright (University of Melbourne)

The next of our biennial Australian Association for Caribbean Studies conferences will be held at Western Sydney University in conjunction with the Australian Research Council funded project Other Worlds. Our theme, ‘Caribbean Meridians’, spotlights the ways in which Caribbean worlds are made and the relations and alignments these worlds have with worlds elsewhere. AACS conferences are interdisciplinary and papers on all topics are considered, including from the natural sciences. Recent conferences have taken the themes of ‘Land and Water’ (Wollongong, 2015) and ‘Interiors’ (Canberra, 2017). For 2019 we are encouraging presenters to think about the ‘meridians’ that connect the peoples, cultures, ecologies, and histories of the Caribbean with those of other places around the globe.

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Our Queer Caribbean Forum

26th October 2018
Centre for Intergrated Caribbean Reseach
University of London
London, UK

CFP Deadline:  10 August 2018

How have Caribbean queer perspectives and Caribbean LGBTQI activism changed since Our Caribbean? What new insights and social/political realities have emerged since the publication of this groundbreaking 2008 collection of lesbian and gay writing from the Antilles? The Race in the Americas (RITA) group, in collaboration with UCL, is proud to announce an event marking the tenth anniversary of Our Caribbean.

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Caribbean Energy Policy, Societies, and Law Conference

4th October 2018
The University Inn and Conference Centre
University of the West Indies
St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

CFP Deadline: 15 August 2018

Working from the notion that “lessons learned” can contribute to the creation of policies that promote sustainable futures, this conference on Caribbean energy policy, societies, and law welcomes the submission of research and conceptual papers that speak to the successes, difficulties, and failures associated with oil and gas production in the region.

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Killens Review of Arts & Letters

Fall/Winter 2018 Issue
Theme: “Gathering at the Waters: Connecting Family and Community through Literature and Art”

CFP Deadline:  31 July 2018


Cover and Table of Contents of Fall/Winter 2017 Killens Review

The theme of “Gathering at the Waters” connotes bringing together family and communities to
look at the ways in which we affect and are part of each other’s lives. For the upcoming issue of
the Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Fall/Winter 2018, we want to continue that
exploration of “connecting family through literature and art” in the works of writers of the
African diaspora. We seek submissions of creative nonfiction, fiction, essays, interviews, book
reviews, poetry, memoir, photography, and visual artwork on the subjects of family, community,
and unity in narratives that tell of healing, nurturing, cleansing, and reflection in the times we
live in.

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Journal of West Indian Literature Special Issue on Marlon James

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.

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Special issue: Intersections of Postcolonial studies and Indigenous studies

CFP: Special issue of Ariel: a Review of International English Literatureslated 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.

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The Caribbean Digital V

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.

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37th Annual West Indian Literature Conference *Deadline Extended

3rd to 6th October 2018
Miami, Florida

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.

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‘Seamed by its own bitter juice’: Voice, Visibility, Literacies – Diasporic Dialogues’ Conference

19th to 20th June 2018
London, UK

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

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Afro-Latinx Futures Series

The Afro-Latinx Futures series is committed to publishing scholarly monographs and edited collections that center Blackness and Afrolatinidad from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives in the humanities and social sciences. Taking a hemispheric approach, we seek work that foregrounds the lives and contributions of Afro-Latinx peoples across Latin America, the Caribbean, and the diasporic U.S. and Canada. We welcome projects that introduce new historical figures and archival findings, focus on understudied regions and communities, establish innovative interdisciplinary frameworks, and challenge conventional canonical formations.


Belkis Ayón, “Sin título (Sikán con chivo)” 1993, collograph; Cuba.

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Modern Political Culture in the Caribbean

CFP Deadline: 30 September 2018

In their 2003 book Modern Political Culture in the Caribbean (University of the West Indies Press) Fred Reno and Holger Henke argued – along with various contributors – that political culture in the Caribbean was circumscribed by “a great complexity of social relations and the influence of such variables as race, ethnicity, migration and multi-faceted dependency (for example, of institutional mimicry, strategies of reproduction of metropolitan model by local elites, socio-economic conditions, popular culture) on politics.”  In this reader they then asked questions such as “What role do race, historical experience, ethnic fragmentation and economic conditions play?  How can civil society – and, thus, the people – come to play a greater role in the political process?”

Much has changed in the last fifteen years and new dimensions exerting palpable influence on the region’s and its various and diverse national units’ political life that warrant renewed attention and examination.  Henke and Reno are now tempted to argue that in this age of social media and instant access to information the very nature of civil society is experiencing profound changes.  At the same time, the rise of the notion of so-called fake news and the open questioning by many of the – for well-functioning democracies – critical role of the media, and of experts and watchdog institutions poses a severe challenge for the political culture of Caribbean states. Continue reading

Haitian History Journal: Haiti and the Atlantic World/Revue d’histoire d’Haïti: Haïti et le Monde Atlantique

CFP Deadline: 1 May 2018

The Haitian History Journal: Haiti and the Atlantic World, published by the Centre International d’Information et de Documentation Haïtienne, Caraïbéenne et Afro-Canadienne (CIDIHCA) in Montreal, is devoted to the history of Haiti and the impact of Haiti`s history throughout the Atlantic region. It will be published once a year. The first issue, projected to appear in late summer/early fall of 2018, will highlight the most recent scholarly research on the Haitian Revolution and its broader impact in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Atlantic.

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19th Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today

11th to 15th June 2018
Paramaribo, Suriname

CFP Deadline: 11 April 2018

In keeping with the theme of SURINAME 2018 “Laudato Si”: Caribbean Responses, the Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today (CTCT) sends out this call for papers to theologians, pastors, pastoral workers, scholars, theology students, activists and other persons interested in exploring the relationship between theological reflection, religious activities and the everyday experience of Caribbean peoples.

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