DIASPORA VOICES, CARIBBEAN CONNECTIONS:
REFLECTING THE CARIBBEAN IN TORONTO
A ONE-DAY STUDENT SYMPOSIUM,
MARCH 6 2010, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
Multi Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Conference Organising Committee invites students from any tertiary institution in the Toronto area, and any discipline or field, to participate in the U of T Caribbean Studies Programme’s second one-day, student-organised, interdisciplinary conference on the Caribbean and its diaspora. Now in its second year, this annual conference offers a vital public venue to highlight, discuss and celebrate the work and ideas of students interested in the Caribbean. All students, faculty and friends of the Caribbean Studies Programme at the University of Toronto, and members of the college and university community and the public are invited to attend and participate in the conversation. The primary organisers and most of the participants are students themselves (with faculty and staff support). This conference gives organisers and participants the opportunity to gain invaluable organising experience and a chance to get a glimpse of what it might feel like to pursue a career in academia. Additionally, it creates a unique space for community interaction, self-empowerment and networking. All of the work submitted will be considered for possible publication.
We seek proposals and submissions from any of the following people or groups:
- tertiary-level students across Toronto who have written a paper on a Caribbean topic, and who wish to share their work with a wider community of interested people. Term papers, book/film reports, or any other analytical format are welcome.
- students who want to share and reflect upon their experiences as part of practicum or fieldwork training in the Caribbean, or with Caribbean communities in Toronto.
- authors of spoken word poetry, prose, music, visual arts, and short ‘think’ pieces, whose work is relevant to the conference. The work of visual or installation artists will be featured as part of an art exhibit. All artists selected will be invited to perform and discuss their work as part of a special session of the conference focusing on the arts and the artistic process.
- presenters/proposals for a special session entitled “Beyond the Classroom” which highlights the work of young, community organizers and activists who are making important contributions to building and sustaining community life in the Toronto Caribbean community.
- graduate students who would like to participate as either presenters on our graduate student panels or panel facilitators/chairs.
Academic presentations should be approximately 10-12 minutes long. Presenters of artistic pieces are also encouraged to work within this time frame. Based on the submissions which we receive we will group the papers into panels with general themes.
The conference takes place on March 6 2010, with a deadline for proposals and submissions on February 7 2010. Submissions/proposals should be a summary of your work not exceeding 300 words in length. If yours is an artistic piece then you may submit the entire work. All submissions should include a title; the individual’s name and institution; a telephone number and an email address. Refreshments and lunch will be served. We will have some limited childcare available with experienced childcare providers, but spaces are limited. Those in need of childcare in order to facilitate their involvement in the conference are strongly encouraged to make arrangements with the COC ahead of time.
For more information please contact any of the following COC members:
Samantha Peters, MA Candidate, Social and Equity Studies firstname.lastname@example.org
Melanie Newton, Department of History and New College (email@example.com/ 416-978-4054
Members of the Conference Organising Committee:
Lenore Butcher (Undergraduate); Chantal Persad and Claire-Hélène Heese-Boutin (Undergraduates and Caribbean Studies Students Union representatives)
Sharifa Khan, Samantha Peters, Latania Christie (Graduate)
Melanie Newton, Alissa Trotz (Faculty advisors)
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