The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University, in conjunction with the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, is pleased to announce Virtual Caribbeans, to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana February 28 - March 1, 2008.
The definition of the Caribbean as primarily a geographical region is no longer viable. Through the movement of its peoples, cultures, and languages, we also make or find the “Caribbean” elsewhere. It has become an imagined community beyond geographic contours, while simultaneously retaining an immediate materiality that impacts the everyday experiences of Caribbean (and non-Caribbean) subjects. Taking the guayabera as the ubiquitous emblem of Caribbeanness, this conference will offer a space for the exploration of manifestations across various media, technologies and performances. Due to a unique history that features French, Spanish, African, Canadian, and other immigrant influences, as well as a legacy of traffic in peoples, cultures, dialects, and products from the West Indies and the circum-Caribbean, New Orleans provides an ideal site for these explorations. Join us in what is often called the northernmost point of the Caribbean.
Proposals for papers and panels are invited in a wide range of areas including, but not limited to:
Configurations of the Caribbean in cyberspace
Filmic and other visual Caribbeans
Listening to the Caribbean
Tangible sites of Caribbeannness created through migrations and diaspora communities
Performance and stagings of the Caribbean inside and outside its geographical confines
We invite proposals that examine particular case studies and phenomena or rethink conventional narratives. Proposals for individual papers or 3-4 person panels should include a 300-word abstract and detailed personal information (name, mailing address, email, phone/fax, institutional affiliation) for each participant. Panel proposals should also include a separate top sheet identifying the panel title, panel organizer and a 200-300 word panel description. Please email proposals by November 15, 2007 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Accepted papers and panels will be announced by December 1, 2007. Further details will be available on line at http://cuba.tulane.edu.
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