6th Annual Postgraduate Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies

Monday 5th July
Venue: Zoom

The Society for Caribbean Studies Postgraduate Caribbean Network invites submissions of abstracts of no more than 250 words for research papers or posters 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 register for the day, free of charge, and to give a 15-minute presentation or to present a pdf poster for online presentation. Abstracts should be submitted along with a bio of not more than 150 words, with the heading “SCS Postgraduate Conference”. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered.

We are open to receiving abstracts and bios presented in languages other than English (e.g. French or Spanish) but please note that English translations should also be submitted, and it will be the responsibility of the presenter to ensure that English translations of posters and presentations are provided if they want them.

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, this year’s structure has been modified to meet the new health restrictions. As the workshop will be hosted online, we will be arranging up to 20 £10 data bursaries for attendees who would otherwise be unable to access the event due to insufficient data.  If you would like to apply for a data bursary, please submit (along with your abstract and bio) a 150-word justification for why you should receive it.

The 6th Annual Postgraduate Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies is free to attend.  It 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. The feedback from previous attendees of the conference is that it provided them the opportunity to present their work in a collaborative and supportive environment.  We intend this to be an opportunity for delegates to share and receive feedback on their work in a friendly and informal setting.

We encourage all who register for the postgraduate conference to also attend the main Society for Caribbean Studies conference, which runs from Tuesday 6th July to Saturday 10th July 2021. Please note that the postgraduate registration fee for the main conference is £5.00 + a membership fee of £15.  A preliminary programme for the main conference, as well as details of how to register for it, are available here <http://community-languages.org.uk/scs/>.

The postgraduate conference features the following:
– Formal and informal networking opportunities, including an opportunity to form support groups;
– A David Nicholls Memorial Trust panel on ‘Carrying out Caribbean-focused Research in Pandemic Times: Experiences and Lessons Learnt’.  (Please note that the David Nicholls Memorial Trust <http://www.dnmt.org.uk/about-the-david-nicholls-memorial-trust/> offers a biennial prize for the best postgraduate paper given at the Society for Caribbean Studies conference – details of how to apply are here <http://community-languages.org.uk/scs/bursaries-and-prizes/david-nicholls-prize/> );
– Keynote talk by Dr Patricia Noxolo (University of Birmingham, UK), who is the current chair of the Society for Caribbean Studies

Please send abstracts of up to 250 words (in English or with an English translation) to:
Dr Patricia Noxolo (p.e.p.noxolo@bham.ac.uk<mailto:p.e.p.noxolo@bham.ac.uk>), for consideration by Pat Noxolo and Akilah Maxwell, SCS Postgraduate Representative

We look forward to hearing from you!