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 (p.e.p.noxolo@bham.ac.uk)

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.

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Apply for the Bridget Jones Award



Arts researchers or practitioners living and working in the Caribbean are eligible to apply for the Bridget Jones Travel Award, the deadline for which is the 18th January 2019. The winner of the award will present their work at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies, The Institute for Black Atlantic Research (IBAR) at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, July 3-5, 2019.


If you are an arts practitioner living and working in any region of the Anglophone, Hispanic, Francophone or Dutch speaking Caribbean, you may apply for the Award. The successful recipient will receive £650 towards travel expenses and, in addition, a full bursary to cover conference fees and accommodation. Applications are especially welcome from individuals with no institutional affiliations. We encourage applications from across the arts: from visual artists, performers, creative writers, film-makers, folklorists, playwrights etc.

How to Apply

To apply for the Award you must submit the following:

  • A covering letter
  • Curriculum vitae (no more than 4 sides of A4)
  • Statements from 2 referees who are able to comment on your work

AND either

(a) A proposal for a presentation of your work in the areas of film, literature, visual or performing arts.
(b) A proposal for a reading of original creative work.

Presentations normally last for up to one hour, including time for questions from the audience. The most important part of your application will therefore be a 1) full description of the proposed presentation detailing the themes and rationale behind the presentation, as well as 2) how the presentation will be organized and 3) any props required (e.g. if intending to screen clips of films; show slides of artwork; incorporate live performance etc.).

The successful candidate would be expected to attend the whole conference.
Applications and enquiries should be sent by e-mail to Audley Chambers at achambers@oakwood.edu

Completed applications must be received by 18th January 2019. A decision will be made by the committee in early February.

For more information on the Bridget Jones Travel Award and the Society for Caribbean Studies, visit the Society website….read on ...