39th Annual Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies

venuehireThe Drum Intercultural Arts Centre, Birmingham, 1-3 July 2015

The Society for Caribbean Studies invites submissions of abstracts of no more than 250 words for research papers on the Hispanic, Francophone, Dutch and Anglophone Caribbean and their diasporas for this annual international conference. Papers are welcomed from all disciplines and can address the themes outlined below.

We also welcome abstracts for papers that fall outside this list of topics, and we particularly welcome proposals for complete panels, which should consist of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 4 presenters.

Those selected for the conference will be invited to give a 20 minute presentation. Abstracts should be submitted along with a short bio of no more than 150 words by 14th January 2014. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered.

See below for Provisional Themes, Abstract Submission, and Bursaries. Provisional themes emerged from the AGM and committee meeting and are suggestions: relevant papers not addressing these themes are also welcome.


  • Neocolonialism in Haiti and the Wider Caribbean
  • The Road to Morant Bay
  • Reparations for Slavery
  • Performance, Music, Theatre
  • Cultural Representation and Identity in Film, Media and Broadcasting
  • The Notting Hill Carnival
  • Stuart Hall
  • Race and Cultural Studies in the UK Today
  • Struggle and Resistance in the Arts and Literature
  • Culture and Solidarity
  • Community Organisation
  • Local History and Oral History
  • Science and Technology
  • The Caribbean and the Environment
  • Caribbean Creoles
  • Gender, Sex and Sexualities
  • Tourism and Consumption
  • Caribbean mobilities
  • Norman Girvan
  • Death, Morbidity and Religion

In keeping with the location of the conference, there are also plans to have (at additional cost) a screening of The Stuart Hall project on the Tuesday evening before the conference, as well as an arranged visit to relevant archives at the new Library of Birmingham.

On-line abstract submission is now closed:

The Society will provide a limited number of bursaries for (a) postgraduate students, and (b) postgraduates or scholars based in the Caribbean, to assist with registration costs. Please indicate when submitting the abstract whether you wish to be considered for a bursary. Please note that travel costs cannot be funded.

For further queries, please contact the Conference Coordinator, Anyaa Anim-Addo, on societyforcaribbeanstudies@gmail.com