Travel and Accommodation in Preston

Travel to Preston
Preston is a city in the North of England. IBAR is part of University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), which is within easy access of the city centre. Details of how to get to IBAR/UCLAN, by rail, bus, coach or car, are available here:

Accommodation in Preston
In Preston city centre there are quite a few hotels available, usually with ensuite and breakfast included. They come at a range of prices and qualities, and it is worth shopping around through different internet booking companies or directly.
The closest hotel to IBAR is the Preston International Legacy Hotel: information and contact details are available here: . A number of rooms have been held in reserve for booking at a special conference rate of £67 per room per night – these are first come, first served, and will only be held until June 2nd. If you want to book one of these rooms, please contact the hotel directly, and quote the conference reference number: 62325
Extending your stay
If you want to extend your stay in Preston, or in the surrounding region, you can find information about things to do here:
CLR James had close associations with the region, and the Manchester People’s History Museum is well worth a visit. Preston Black History Group ( ) are also a useful resource for finding out more about the region’s historical Caribbean links.… read on ...

5th Annual Postgraduate Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies


5th Annual Postgraduate Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies
Wednesday 27th February 2019
The University of Birmingham

The Society for Caribbean Studies Postgraduate Caribbean Network invites submissions of abstracts of not more than 250 words for research papers on the Hispanic, Francophone, Dutch and Anglophone Caribbean and their diasporas for its annual postgraduate conference. We welcome abstracts from postgraduates at various stages of their research, whose research concerns any aspect of Caribbean Studies. We also 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 15-minute presentation. Abstracts should be submitted along with a bio of not more than 150 words by Friday 8th February 2019. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered.

We intend this to be an opportunity for delegates to share and receive feedback on their work in a friendly and informal setting.

In addition to paper panels, the conference will offer:

– A keynote address from Professor Carolyn Cooper (Writer and Independent Scholar; retired Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies, University of the West Indies; author of ‘Sound Clash: Jamaican Dancehall Culture at Large’. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2004, and of ‘Noises in the Blood: Orality, Gender and the ‘Vulgar’ Body of Jamaican Popular Culture’. London: Macmillan Caribbean, 1993)

– A presentation from Connie Bell (Educator, Theatre Practitioner, Therapist and founder member of Decolonising the Archives)

– A panel of experts in Caribbean studies sharing tips and personal experiences of building an academic career

– Lunch and light refreshments

This free event builds on the tradition of previous years’ postgraduate conferences. As Caribbean postgraduates are often dispersed across departments and universities, this event hopes to offer delegates an opportunity to meet with others who share their interests and to discuss their work, fostering ties that will endure throughout their studies. Many postgraduates also felt that the postgraduate conference held last year had provided them with a unique experience that prepared them to present papers to the annual conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies (SCS) that took place later in the year. This year’s SCS conference will be at the Institute for Black Atlantic Research, 3-5 July 2019.

Please send abstracts of up to 250 words (in English) to:
Dr Patricia Noxolo (

by Friday 8th February 2019 with the subject heading “SCS Postgraduate Conference”. Please include your university affiliation, your email address and your bio of up to 150 words.

We look forward to hearing from you.… read on ...