"Caribbean Migrations: Negotiating Borders" will bring together scholars and creative writers to promote discussion of literary imaginations of Caribbean migrations, migrant communities and diasporas. The conference will take place at Ryerson University, Toronto, 18-22 July 2005. Toronto is the host city for the renowned "Caribana" festival and the conference will take place in the days leading up to this spectacular celebration of Caribbean peoples and cultures in Canada.
Presentations and papers published in the conference proceedings will provide not only a comprehensive assessment of Caribbean migratory poetics and fresh readings of Caribbean border crossings, displacement, and exile, but will also allow for comparative readings across different Caribbean diasporic literary traditions and reorient literary theorizing around diasporas to the specifics of Caribbean experience.
Papers that address any aspect of the conference theme are invited. Both individual paper submissions and proposals for panels are welcome. Participants are encouraged to address the conference theme from all relevant perspectives, including (but not limited to):
Foreign Bodies, Foreign Minds: Race, Sexuality, Language and Caribbean Representations
Hybridity, Syncretism and Caribbean Identities and Cultures
Indo-Caribbean/Chinese-Caribbean Migrations and Diasporas
Pre-Twentieth Century Migrations, Relocations and Contacts
Nations, Imagi-nations, and the Caribbean Presence
Second Generation Caribbean Identities in the Diaspora
Caribbean Writing in the US
The Caribbean Presence in Britain and Europe
Migratory Poetics: prose fiction, poetry, drama and film
Proposals are also invited for two Roundtable Sessions on:
Travelling Cultures: Caribbean Festivals and Art Forms Abroad
Teaching Caribbean Literature: Visions and Challenges
Please submit abstracts of 300-400 words to the e-mail address given below by 15 December 2004. Abstracts must include: title of the paper/panel; name(s) of presenter(s); institutional affiliation(s); email addresses, telephone and fax numbers. For further information, e-mail or go to the web address shown below.
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