Fifth Graduate Student Conference Caribbean Without Borders: Beyond the Can[n]on's Range March 19-21st, 2014

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English Department. Faculty of Humanities. University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Dr. Carolyn Cooper, Guest Speaker
Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies
University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica
Author of Noise in the Blood: Orality, Gender and the "Vulgar" Body of Jamaican Popular Culture, Sound Clash: Jamaican Dancehall Culture at Large, and Global Reggae

One of the most salient issues in Caribbean studies is the region's linguistic and cultural fragmentation as a result of European colonization. More than five centuries later, the islands and countries of the Caribbean still echo such malady. The title of the conference, "Caribbean Without Borders" is a call towards unity, a unity that in the words of Kamau Brathwaite "is submarine." In the past, nations' borders were established based on the distance a cannon ball was able to cover when fired from land to sea. It is time that we go beyond the cannon ball distances out into uncharted territories in Caribbean studies.

Paper proposals are invited for the fifth 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, March 19-21st, 2014. The conference welcomes graduate student papers/presentations in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Creole and any Caribbean language on the literatures, languages and cultures of the Caribbean with a focus on revisiting, re-viewing, re-envisioning, re-reading, re-interpreting, and re-creating a Caribbean aesthetics that looks to submarine unity and defies spatial, temporal and social borders.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
Freedom, slavery
Creole languages and heteroglossia
Literacies and education
Conspiracy, rebellion, marronage, revolution
Migrations, movements and diaspora
Gender, desire, and sexuality
Place and politics
Oral/aural traditions and the role of memory
Performance arts, cinema
Religion, religiosity
Borders, frontiers, margins
Popular culture
Language and power
Language and identity
Caribbean drama, poetry, and fiction
History, alternative histories

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

Deadline for submissions: December 15, 2013

Please send submissions or inquiries to the Organizing Committee at Presenters will be notified on the status of their acceptance by January 15th, 2014.