CFP: [International] Caribbean Women's Conference

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Evelyn Hawthorne
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May 19-23, 2008

St. George’s, Grenada

CONFERENCE THEME: Traditions and Legacies, Revisions and Interventions:
Caribbean Women’s Writing in the 21st century

To commemorate two successful decades since our literature’s search for
voice and form, the 11th conference of the Association of Caribbean Women
Writers and Scholars (ACWWS) will recognize the complex corpus of
Caribbean women’s writing in the 21st century. This return to Grenada
provides the occasion for contemplation of the inter-disciplinary and
cross-cultural reach of contemporary Caribbean women’s literature;
reflection on the expansion of the critical and theoretical frameworks
within which this literature is being written, celebrated and analyzed;
and examination of what we - Caribbean cultural producers - have done in
terms of folk culture, oral histories, creative and critical writing.

Accordingly, this upcoming conference theme focuses on the conventions
that have evolved in Caribbean women’s writing and, correspondingly, the
revisions and interventions which are constantly energizing these
tradition and legacies. Bringing scholars and writers together, we invite
participatory discourses that explore the practice of the various media
(theatre, cinema, television) and technologies that we as creative and
critical writers have put in place, ones that celebrate the legacies we
have established, testify to our transnational reach, and propose a future
toward which we can now move.

Suggested Paper/ Panel Topics:
• Canonicity and globalization, migration
• Caribbean children’s literature
• Caribbean Film and Women’s Participation
• Caribbean masculinities
• Contemporary Hispanophone literature
• Contemporary Travel Literature/Tropes
• Digitizing and Archival Research
• Francophone identity in the 21st century
• Identity, Family Re-formulations
• Indo-Caribbean Identity: Culture and literature
• Language, learning and cultural identity
• Memory and trauma
• New Directions in Caribbean Women’s Writing
• Revisiting Female Subjectivity
• Regionalism as a Liberatory Poetics for the 21st century
• Representations of The Caribbean female body in literature and
• Roots and Routes: Linking the Caribbean to its Diasporas
• Theater and Women's Authorships and Participation
• The male feminist scholar
• The status of Dutch Caribbean studies
• Transmission, transference, translation
The deadline for proposals is November 31, 2007. For papers /panels,
please submit title, a 200-word abstract, and a short bio.

All papers must represent new, previously unpublished work. Please include
your full name, institutional affiliation, title, phone number and email
address with your proposal. Performance artists are also encouraged to
submit proposals for music, film and/or theatre presentations.

We strongly encourage panel proposals. A panel proposal should include a
detailed abstract for each paper, a designated chair, and a short
statement as to why the submissions should be considered as a panel rather
than as individual presentations.
Submissions should be emailed to:

For other inquiries, contact: Prof. Antonia MacDonald-Smythe, Department
of Liberal Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, St. George’s University,
473 444 4175, ext. 2259, E-mail:
For Conference details please visit

You must be an ACWWS member to present at the conference. Membership is
open to writers and scholars with research, teaching, writing, and study
interests in the work of Caribbean women writers, or in Caribbean
literature generally.

For further information on MEMBERSHIP and MEMBERSHIP DUES, please select
the "Brochure Download" link at

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