We often think of globalization as a contemporary phenomenon, characterized by the way high-speed technologies have changed everything from market dynamics to social relations. Many scholars, however, see the current phase of globalization as part of an historical process beginning as early as the sixteenth century. The Caribbean has, indeed, been a transnational site from the time of its original European colonization, soon followed by the importation of coerced labor from Africa, South Asia, and China. Today, the region remains populated by a wide variety of ethnic groups, highly trafficked by tourists from around the world, and economically tied to foreign currencies and markets. Additionally, high rates of migration from the Caribbean to North America and Europe have created an immense Caribbean diaspora that retains cultural and economic ties to the region, facilitated in part by new technologies and alliances.
Images of the Caribbean have thus been documented, constructed, and circulated globally from the rise of print culture to the dawn of the digital age. This special session seeks proposals engaging any aspect of the conference theme, “Cultures, Contexts, Images, Texts: Making Meaning in Print, Digital, and Networked Worlds,” in relation to literature and/or other media from any part of the Anglophone Caribbean.
Some possible topics include:
•The “digital humanities” and Caribbean studies
•Visual images of the Caribbean
•Cartographic representations of the Caribbean
•Caribbean service economies—tourism, textiles and “free trade” zones, data mining, banking, etc.
•Regionalism v. Nationalism
•Marketing the Caribbean/the Caribbean market
•Intra-Caribbean exchange and migration
•Local and regional grassroots activist networks in the Caribbean
•Caribbean diasporas—cultural, economic, and/or social networks
Please submit an abstract of 200-300 words and a brief bio, in Word or PDF, to Kristine A. Wilson, Purdue University (firstname.lastname@example.org). Deadline is May 31, 2013.
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