The annual conference of the Society brings together scholars from all over the world to present the latest research on the Caribbean and its diasporas from a range of disciplines and across all the linguistic areas of the region.
Themes for panel sessions are circulated in the annual call for papers, but we also welcome abstract submissions for panels that fall outside the suggested themes. The call for papers is usually circulated in the autumn, with the deadline for abstract submissions in January. The annual conference falls on the last week of June / first week of July.
Highlights of the annual conference include:
- multi-disciplinary panels presenting the latest research on the Caribbean and its diasporas
- keynote lecture by eminent scholars in the field
- plenary sessions on subjects of topical interest
- presentation by a Caribbean arts practitioner (winner of the Bridget Jones award)
- rum punch reception and conference dinners
The 2020 and 2021 were moved to an online format due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In-person conferences over the last twenty years have been held in the following locations:
- 2019 The Institute for Black Atlantic Research (IBAR) at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston
- 2018 University of London
- 2017 Essex University
- 2016 Newcastle University
- 2015 The Drum, Birmingham
- 2014 Glasgow University
- 2013 Warwick University
- 2012 Oxford University
- 2011 International Slavery Museum, Liverpool
- 2010 Southampton University
- 2009 Wilberforce Centre for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, Hull
- 2008 Edinburgh University
- 2007 London Metropolitan University
- 2006 The National Archives, Kew
- 2005 Newcastle University
- 2004 Lancaster University
If your institution would be interested in hosting a conference of the Society please contact the Chair of the SCS. The current Chair is Raymond Laureano.