Call For Papers

The second international conference of the Caribbean Studies Forum (CSF), an institutional collaboration between East Carolina University and the University of Belize, takes place the 10th through 12th of October, 2019. Building on the success of the first conference, the forum returns to the City of Belmopan and is hosted by the University of Belize at its central campus under the theme: Writing/Righting/Rite-ing/Wright-ing the Caribbean.

The conference aims to expand awareness of Caribbean cultures, provide a platform for interdisciplinary Caribbean Studies research projects, connect a diverse body of academics (North-South and South-South), and promote the field of interdisciplinary Caribbean Studies in general. Thus, all papers related to Caribbean Studies will be considered although we encourage scholars, artists, writers, and other interested persons to think about the different manifestations of the theme:

Caribbean studies might be channelled through these themes. Caribbean scholarship refines, realigns, redresses, and rights our understanding of the region. It contests the Caribbean’s ‘evisceration from the imaginary geographies of “Western modernity”’ by declaring its ‘indisputable narrative position’ at modernity’s origin (Sheller); it redresses discourses of indigenous erasure (Forte); it insists on the centrality of small Caribbean islands within history (Deloughrey); it rehearses how the Caribbean has ‘occupied the procenium of history’ from centuries of imperial warring over islands through to the superpower standoff during the Cuban Missile Crisis and on to today (Torres-Saillant); it demonstrates how ‘Afro-Caribbean beliefs appear together with the rumba and the carnival as forms of knowledge as valid as those proper to scientific knowledge’ (Benítez-Rojo); it describes how the Caribbean nevertheless coheres, despite a sense of ‘fragmentation exacerbated by island geography’ as well as its ‘balkanisation’ by culture and language (Poupeye).1

This conference hopes to spotlight traditions and trends in writing, rites, and concepts of ‘right’, examining various combinations of these as embodied actions, political statements, and individual or collective activisms. The conference looks to strengthen the activisms taking place in writing and rituals, to expose the possible weaknesses in the Caribbean's cultural multiplicity, to address how political hierarchy in the Caribbean has worked against the region’s global interest, and to question definitions of the Caribbean and their exclusionary nature in discourse.

1Sheller, Mimi, Consuming the Caribbean: From Arawaks to Zombies (Psychology Press, 2003); Forte, Maximilian C, ‘Extinction: The Historical Trope of Anti-Indigeneity in the Caribbean’, Issues in Caribbean Amerindian Studies, 6 (2005); DeLoughrey, Elizabeth M, Routes and Roots: Navigating Caribbean and Pacific Island Literature (Honolulu: University Of Hawai’I Press, 2010); Torres-Saillant, Silvio, An Intellectual History of the Caribbean (New York, N.Y.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006); Beni´tez
Rojo, Antonio, Maraniss, James E, The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Postmodern Perspective (Durham, N.C.: Duke Univ. Press, 2001); Poupeye, Veerle, Caribbean Art (London: Thames and Hudson, 2012).