Call for Papers 2016

Cuba (detail) by Alexandra Pullen
Cuba (detail) by Alexandra Pullen

40th Annual Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies
Newcastle University Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Dates 6-8 July, 2016

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 11th January 2016. 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.


200th Anniversary 1816 Rebellion
Barbados and Guyana Independence
Politics and Production of Knowledge
Language and Translation in the Caribbean and Beyond
LGBTQ Sexualities in the Caribbean
Film, Broadcast and Media
Visual and Performance Art
Indentured Communities
Natural Sciences
Migration and the Environment
1966: New Beacon Books and the Caribbean Arts Movement
Materialities, publication and manuscripts in Caribbean literature

We particularly welcome papers that deal with Cuba, Haiti, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Surinam and the countries of the Caribbean rim.


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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. Concessionary registration fees are also available for postgraduates and for the low-waged.

For further queries, please contact the Conference Coordinator, Anyaa Anim-Addo, on: