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Tepoztlán Institute 2018 Conference

Black Lives/Black Deaths: Disposession, Disappearance, and Enclosure/Vidas Negras y Muertes Negras: Dispojo, Desaparicion y Cercamiento

18th to 25th July 2018
Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico

CFP Deadline:  10 February 2018

The Tepoztlán Institute hosts an international bilingual conference that meets annually in the town of Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico, for a unique week of study and exchange around shared theoretical readings and participant works-in-progress. This summer, the Institute will run from 18 to 25 July. 

Summer of 2018 will mark our fourteenth year of bringing together scholars from across the hemisphere and from multiple disciplines around a general theme of interdisciplinary salience to the Americas. Our theme this coming summer is: Black Lives/Black Deaths: Disposession, Disappearance, and Enclosure/Vidas Negras y Muertes Negras: Dispojo, Desaparicion y Cercamiento

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Killens Review of Arts & Letters

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

CFP Deadline:  19 January 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, Spring/Summer 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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2018 National Black Writers Conference

Gathering at the Waters:
Healing, Legacy, and Activism in Black Literature

22nd to 25th March 2018
Brooklyn, New York (USA)

CFP Deadline: 15 January 2018

The theme of the 14th National Black Writers Conference, “Gathering at the Waters: Healing, Legacy, and Activism in Black Literature,” acknowledges our concern about the recent, and still continuing, issues of social inequality and injustices that challenge us and builds on the legacy of healing through activism. This timely theme centers on the ways in which Black writers use their writing to explore and convey messages that heal and restore our individual selves and collective community. The Conference will also examine the instrumental role that Black writers have played in building our cultural history; the imprint that this has left in Black literature; and how the literature of Black writers has impacted present-day and future generations.

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Brand Jamaica Edited Volume

CFP Deadline: 5 January 2018

We are seeking submissions for consideration for publication in the volume “BRAND JAMAICA”: Re-Imagining Jamaica’s National Image & Identity (under contract with University of Nebraska Press).

The volume offers a critique of the existing models within which Jamaica’s global image is framed. As Jamaica recognizes more than half a century as an independent nation, the time is apt for Jamaican authorities to interrogate, deconstruct and re-imagine how they constitute the nation’s public image, and the way they project the nation in the world. The volume offers such a rethinking. It problematizes the current tourism model of “sun, sand and sea”, particularly within the context of post-coloniality, and examines the ways in which it excludes and obscures other crucial aspects of Jamaica’s public international image and ignores the unintentional images, vistas, and stereotypes it creates. The primary aim of the volume is to highlight some of the problematic aspects of Jamaica’s nation branding project and advocate for a paradigmatic shift in the model of nation branding Jamaica undertakes – one which is more comprehensive, complete, and offers a critical articulation of the nation that locates the Jamaican people at the center and acknowledges, if not addresses, the realities of Jamaica.

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43rd Annual Conference, Caribbean Studies Association (CSA)

Education, Culture and Emancipatory thought in the Caribbean

4th to 8th June 2018
Havana, Cuba

CFP Deadline: 125 word abstracts for individual papers and 250 word abstracts for panels and workshops due 1 January 2018

This annual conference proposes integrating education, culture, and emancipatory thought as the fundamental reflexive axes for furthering the process of decolonisation in the Caribbean. All three concepts deepen our understanding of the re-appropriation and recuperation of memory— be it individual, collective, social or historical— in these territories. Our conference aims to foster dialogue and brainstorm about these three topics in order to rethink and reconstruct paradigms, to relocate margins and excluded spaces, and to understand the diversity and complexity of this region’s peoples.

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Edwidge Danticat Edited Collection

Narrating History, Home, and Nation: Critical Essays on Edwidge Danticat 

CFP Deadline: 20 November 2017

This text is the first sustained collection of critical essays engaging the totality of the work of Edwidge Danticat as a novelist and writer of short fiction, memoirist, essayist, filmmaker, activist, and public intellectual. This publication seeks abstracts that examine the ways in which Danticat’s work – inclusive of and beyond her fiction – offers critical commentary on sociopolitical constructions of black diasporic experiences, the function, space, and place of homes, and representation of nationalisms, teasing out the tensions inherent in the confluences of past and present. This collection of critical essays seeks to contribute to the growing body of existing literature on the work of the author. There is a particular interest in work which addresses her publications after 2010.

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‘Imagining Kingston’: A Conference on the Regeneration of a City

9-12 November 2017
Organized by University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in collaboration with the Institute of Jamaica

CFP deadlines: 250-word abstracts and short bio due 1 August 2017; presentation papers due 1 October 2017 imaginekingston2017@gmail.com

The restoration of old, historic, depressed or derelict quarters of cities is a common feature of social, economic, aesthetic and environmental development strategies around the world.

Restoration and regeneration are often used as the basis to catalyse and to chart pathways for economic growth and renewal, to pioneer new sectors of social and economic endeavours, and to cultivate pride and civic feeling in a people’s existential journey. The scholarship and expertise in this area are growing globally and providing governments/policy makers, investors/entrepreneurs, citizens and various publics with knowledge, advice, training/agential capacity, building facilities and skills for urban renewal, regeneration and a multiplicity of possibilities, including imagining and realizing new exciting urban spatial creations alongside the iconising of spaces. Continue reading

Precarious Sovereignty in the Caribbean and its Diasporas

Precarious Sovereignty in the Caribbean and its Diasporas
MLA 2018 CLCS Caribbean Forum

CFP Deadline: 15 March 2017

Title of session: Precarious Sovereignty in the Caribbean and its Diasporas
Topics such as migration, maritime and land-based border controls, geonarcotics, environmental disaster, (para)militarism, economic and electoral volatility. Literatures from different languages welcome. Email 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2017 to smnair@umich.edu

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