CFP: [Postcolonial] The Child and the Caribbean Imagi/nation

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Giselle Rampaul



21st May, 2009

The adage children must be seen and not heard points to an inherent
ambivalence in the Caribbean’s collective psyche about the place and role
of children in its social order which simultaneously recognises and
silences their presence. Children and adolescents are central to the
region’s cultural practices and creative productions. Children, for
instance, have key roles in folk tales, songs and games. Novels of
childhood and adolescence are positioned at the core of Caribbean literary
culture, often analogising the developing nation and its cultural
consciousness, as well as the migratory practices of its citizenry.
Despite iconic status of children in Caribbean cultural practices and
spiralling concern about their social and psychological well being, the
issues surrounding Caribbean childhood have not been given sufficient
academic attention. Sorely lacking on a regional scale is the
institutional infrastructure to facilitate effective interventions. The
conference seeks to facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue on the social
experiences and representational patterns related to the Caribbean child
and childhood. It invites analysis of ideological perspectives and
discursive practices in relation to children as social and imaginative
subjects; the roles, symbolic codes and identities they have been
assigned; their acts of resistance and transgression as cultural agents;
and the multiple meanings of their presence in traditional and
contemporary Caribbean mythologies of being and becoming.
Scholarly papers are invited on a range of topics that include:
ï'§ Childhood and the literary imaginary
ï'§ Perspectives and representations
ï'§ Landscape, being and belonging
ï'§ Citizenship, migrancy and transnationality
ï'§ The child in Caribbean folk and popular culture
ï'§ Youth, community and performance
ï'§ Visual and virtual worlds
ï'§ Caribbean parenting
ï'§ Ways of learning: the school, pedagogy and education
ï'§ Trauma, abuse and violence
ï'§ Gendering, sexuality and children

Presentation Formats
ï'§ Formal presentation using any medium â€" limited to 20 minutes
ï'§ Poster session - presentation/display space limited to 1.5m x 1.5m
ï'§ Panel discussion - two or three papers encompassing a range of
perspectives on an issue
ï'§ Round Table - informal presentation settings limited to 20 minutes
ï'§ Performance - drama, dance, music, oratory, etc.
ï'§ Exhibition â€" art, craft, film, audio recording, etc.
ï'§ Workshop - practical, interactive sessions limited to 2 hours

What to submit
The proposal should identify the issue and/or topic and presentation type
and should include information on resources/facilities that would be
required. Submit an abstract of not more than 250 words and a short
profile (approximately 150 words). Where there are co-presenters, submit
a profile for each presenter.

December 15, 2008 Deadline for submission of Abstracts and Proposals
January 15, 2009 Notification of acceptance

Send submissions to
Name: Dr Giselle Rampaul; 868-662-2002
ext. 3025
Dr Jennifer Rahim; ext.3028
Dr Paula Morgan; ext. 3567

Address: Department of Liberal Arts
        The University of the West Indies
        St. Augustine
        Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies

Venue: UWI, St Augustine, Trinidad, W.I.

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