CFP: [General] Call for Papers: Virtual Caribbeans

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Virtual Caribbeans

A Conference on Representation, Diaspora and
Performance in and on the Caribbean

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
February 27 â€" March 1, 2008

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 27 - 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
- Portable Caribbeans
- 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 Accepted papers and panels will be announced by
December 1, 2007. Further details will be available on line at

Conference Organizers:

Prof. Ana M. López, Director
Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute
Prof. Marilyn Miller
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

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