[Blackstudies-l] the Caribbean Studies Association 41st annual conference will be in Haiti next year

Weston Kennison kennison at geneseo.edu
Mon Sep 14 08:36:14 EDT 2015

Absolutely!  This looks cool.


On Sun, Sep 6, 2015 at 8:55 AM, Maria Lima <lima at geneseo.edu> wrote:

> Shouldn't we get a Geneseo panel together??
> Marie-José Nzengou-Tayo started the topic Caribbean Studies Association
> 41st annual conference in Haiti in the discussion Francophone Literatures
> and Cultures
> Hotel Karibe, Pétionville, Haïti, June 5-11, 2016
> The Caribbean has always been the site of global interactions and
> transactions. Movements from one place to the other across diverse
> geographic locations and spaces (from island to island, the
> circum-Caribbean and from the region to continental locations) have played
> an important role in the dissemination of ideas and sharing of cultural
> practices from the indigenous people’s pre-Columbian experience to the
> contemporary Caribbean. Haitian scholar Michel Rolph Trouillot has argued
> in Global Transformations, that the Caribbean has long been global with its
> “massive flow of goods, peoples, information, and capital across huge areas
> of the earth’s surface in ways that make the parts dependent on the whole”
> (2003: 47). This conference will establish a cross-disciplinary and
> trans-lingual encounter that will reinforce the intellectual integration of
> various linguistic and spatial locations of the Caribbean. It will be also
> an occasion to have much needed conversation about the vital contributions
> of Haiti to the region and the world, particularly in terms of history of
> resistance, knowledge production, and the arts.
> The theme of the 2016 conference – Caribbean Global Movements: People,
> Ideas, Culture, Arts and Economic Sustainability – proposes a focus on the
> various movements that identify the Caribbean as located firmly in the
> global currents, while also repositioning questions of knowledge and
> sustainability. It also offers a space to think through the centrality of
> Haiti in these movements and how we can envision and plan future movements.
> It is expected that the conference will give the opportunity to showcase
> the history, wealth and diversity of Haitian scholarship (institutional and
> independent), which has contributed to unconventional and needed responses
> to issues facing the country and the larger Caribbean. Overall, this
> conference will examine how Caribbean global movements operate, as people,
> ideas, and cultural arts from the Caribbean continue to have transnational
> impact.
> We are inviting scholarly papers, workshops, and roundtable proposals from
> individuals spanning the broadest disciplinary and methodological range
> whose work focuses upon the Caribbean and its Diaspora. We welcome
> submissions that engage the complexities of the region, particularly in
> terms of the intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality, nationality,
> religion, etc. We are also very interested in workshop and roundtable
> proposals that offer engaged discussion in any of the proposed topic areas
> with a focus on solutions and models for change. We invite artists of all
> kinds to submit work for consideration in the visual and performance arts
> track and the film track – more specific calls for submissions will be
> circulated.
> We will be giving priority to fully constituted panels, in particular ones
> that are multi-disciplinary and multilingual. We welcome submissions and
> proposals on a range of topics that relate to the overall conference theme
> within any of these topic areas, such as (but not limited to):
> 1) Caribbean migrations, including intra-island and circum-Caribbean
> migrations; theories and impacts of globalisation on Caribbean societies,
> and contesting insularity; the CSME and free movement of labour and
> anti-immigration laws; addressing anti-Haitian sentiments and anti-Black
> migration across the region.
> 2) Caribbean development and ideas for sustainable economic integration of
> the Caribbean; neoliberal policies and the neo-colonial/postcolonial state
> (violence and control); complications of tourism as the model for
> development; Caribbean diasporas’ contribution to regional economies; the
> place of local economies (from informal sectors to small business); climate
> change impact on Caribbean economies, people and environments.
> 3) Caribbean labour and social movements; Caribbean domestic and sexual
> labour within regional and global economies; the politics of disaster
> relief and humanitarian aid (in Haiti especially); food sovereignty and
> Caribbean agribusiness; regional industries, infrastructure and production;
> the politics of labour movements in the region.
> 4) Caribbean intellectual and socio-political movements -- radical
> intellectual history in relation to philosophy, knowledge production, and
> Haiti; Caribbean feminisms and grassroots activism; Caribbean men’s
> movements; social justice and civil society organisations; and education
> for social change.
> 5) Caribbean creative imagination and spiritual movements -- Caribbean
> arts and craft as global commodities; internationalization of reggae and
> Rastafari; Caribbean style, music and dance cultures; Haitian visual art
> and global cultural circuits; performance and Carnival culture;
> Afro-Caribbean spirituality and religious movements.
> We provide a setting where multi- and inter-disciplinary views are
> strongly encouraged, where the arts and humanities meet the social
> sciences, and where different ways of seeing and communicating about the
> world are presented by a diverse array of participants. In order to
> facilitate inter-disciplinary exchange, we encourage our members to propose
> ideas for papers and panels, by way of contacting others to create
> multi-disciplinary and multi-lingual panels at our website’s forum. We also
> encourage members to invite a range of participants, from independent and
> emerging scholars to well-known scholars, from professionals in industry,
> politics, etc. to activists, artists, and community-based researchers.
> We are re-establishing the CSA practice of sharing abstracts and complete
> papers at the conference to nourish scholarship and exchange with the plan
> of publishing (selected) conference proceedings in 2017 (curated and edited
> by the 2016 conference Program Chairs and CSA 2015-16 President).
> Guidelines for Panel/Paper Submissions
> All proposals must be submitted electronically via the CSA website (NOT
> via email). The deadline for individual and panel submissions is October
> 15, 2015.
>         Abstracts must not exceed 125 words for individual papers or 250
> words for panels.
>         Titles for individual papers and for panels, roundtables or
> workshops must not exceed 70 characters (we reserve the right to edit for
> brevity).
>         Proposed panels or roundtables should contain at least 3 and no
> more than 4 presenters, and panel chairperson must be named in the proposal.
>         Paper titles and abstracts should be submitted in at least one
> other language besides English (Spanish, French or Haitian Kreyol, Dutch or
> Papiamento); multilingual abstracts will be published in the electronic
> version of the program.
>         Panels should strive to represent a diversity of languages, rank,
> affiliations and disciplines (i.e., inclusion of graduate students and
> junior scholars on panels with senior scholars, activists, and/or
> practitioners; panels composed of social science, arts and humanities
> scholars).
>         Papers/presentations that require special equipment, installation
> space, rooms, translation services, etc., must be indicated on the
> submission form.
>         Workshops should be strategy focused and directly engage in the
> topic areas, and must include clearly stated outcomes and goals.
>         Presentations of films and visual and performing arts, as well as
> related panels, are welcome. Please see the 2016 Film and Visual &
> Performing Arts Committee Call for Proposals for information and submission
> instructions.
> Membership dues must be paid by January 15, 2016 (as per the CSA
> constitution, we are returning to annual membership fees by calendar year;
> therefore annual membership ends 31 December) and Conference Registration
> must be paid by March 1, 2016 in order for papers/panels to appear in the
> conference program. Membership and registration details are available on
> the CSA website.
> CSA offers a limited number of travel grants to assist current and
> potential members who do not have access to any funding from their
> institutions or countries, and who will not be able to attend the
> conference without assistance, in exchange for volunteer work during the
> conference. Additional details about travel grants criteria and
> applications are available on the CSA website.
> For additional information or help with suggested topics, submission
> forms, author celebration, literary salon, film and arts tracks, and/or
> translation, please contact the CSA Program Co-Chairs, Marie-José
> Nzengou-Tayo and Angelique V. Nixon, at
> program.chair at caribbeanstudiesassociation.org<u>.</u>"
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