[UPDATE] SAMLA 2013: (Con)Textual Networks and the Globalized Caribbean (due June 10)

full name / name of organization: 
Kristine A. Wilson
contact email: 
wilson67@purdue.edu



2013 SAMLA CONFERENCE, NOV 8-10, ATLANTA

SPECIAL SESSION: "(Con)Textual Networks and the Globalized Caribbean"

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 panel 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, Nationalism, Transnationalism
  • 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 (not CV) of <100 words, in Word or PDF, to Kristine A. Wilson (wilson67@purdue.edu). DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 10, 2013.

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
childrens_literature
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
eighteenth_century
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
humanities_computing_and_the_internet
interdisciplinary
modernist studies
poetry
popular_culture
postcolonial
religion
science_and_culture
theatre
theory
travel_writing
twentieth_century_and_beyond
victorian