Caribbean Without Borders Conference: Interrogating Postcolonial Discourses (April 16-17)

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Fourth Graduate Student Conference
Caribbean Without Borders: Interrogating Postcolonial Discourses

April 16-17th, 2012
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Keynote Speaker: Nana Wilson-Tagoe, Ph. D.

Paper proposals are invited for the fourth Caribbean Without Borders Graduate Student Conference sponsored by the English Department of the College of Humanities at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras to be held April 15-16th, 2012. A bi-annual event, the conference welcomes graduate student presentations in English, Spanish, French, and any Caribbean language on the literature, languages and cultures of the Caribbean. Exploring the idea of a Caribbean without borders, this year's theme encourages comparative studies focusing on critiquing and interrogating postcolonial discourses permeating the intra-Caribbean and extended Caribbean perspectives. Being that revising modern critical ideas concerning inter-island dynamics is a central tenet for contemporary scholarly work, of special interest are proposals that focus on engaging various discourses with each other as well as introducing new approaches to the Caribbean context and ethos, including the U.S. South, Central and South America, West Africa, and other sites within the wider Atlantic region. Literary, linguistic, socio-cultural, and interdisciplinary scholarship is welcome as well as studies on critical/literary theory.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

Creole languages and heteroglossia
Literacies and education
Conspiracy, rebellion, revolution
Migrations, movements and diasporas
Gender, desire, and sexuality
Place and politics
Oral/aural traditions and memory
Performance arts, cinema
Religion and spirituality
Borders, frontiers, margins

If you are interested in being considered as a presenter, please send a 250-300 word abstract, 50 word bio, university affiliation, and e-mail address.

Deadline for submissions: December 21th, 2011

Please send submissions or inquiries to the Organizing Committee at Presenters will be notified on the status of their acceptance by January 21, 2012.