"The Science of the Folk: Modernity, Afro-Caribbean Religion, and National Culture"
Panel CFP for the "Caribbean Currents: Navigating the Web and the World" The 12th Annual West Indian Literature Conference to be held at the University of Miami, March 20-22 2003.
Deadline December 5, 2002
This panel addresses how Caribbean intellectuals and writers have articulated the relationship between modern technology and Caribbean national culture. How has Caribbean literature represented technology and the folk in relationship to nationhood? The panel also addresses the position of Caribbean culture within global discursive and economic systems. For instance, how successfully have Caribbean artists employed local folk culture as sources of national culture and legitimacy while US and European culture has employed these very same cultural forms to render the Caribbean the site of primitive horror and sexual pleasure? What is the position of Caribbean national literatures in a market based in the metropolitan centers of North America and the UK? We welcome papers that address the 19th as well as the 20th century.
Please send an abstract of approximately 250 words, your affiliation contact information, as well as a biography of less than 150 words by December 5, 2002 to the contact below.
For further details about the "Caribbean Currents" Conference, please see the web site.
Department of English
University of Florida
P.O. Box 117310
Gainesville FL 32611-7310
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