CFP: Caribbean Identities of Central America (6/30/07; collection)

full name / name of organization: 
Salvador Fernandez
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Salvador C. Fernández, Ph.D. Dr. Mariam Pirbhai
Professor of Spanish Assistant Professor
Department of Spanish and French Department of English and Film Studies
Occidental College Wilfrid Laurier University
Los Angeles, CA 90041 Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3C5 <>



Caribbean Identities of Central America


We are inviting contributions to an inter-disciplinary collection on the Caribbean Diaspora in the Central American coast.


Historically, Caribbean migration to the Central American coast has played a significant role in the construction of the heterogeneous cultural identities of Central American nations. However, this diaspora has drawn little scholarly attention outside of anthropological and sociological investigations. With the ever-widening critical and theoretical framework of Caribbean Studies in its response to the expansive and complex body of Caribbean migration and identities across the Americas, we believe that a broader investigation of the Central American-Caribbean context is long overdue.


This study aims to bring together an inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural approach to this diaspora by foregrounding the multi-ethnic fabric and trans-national reach of Caribbean communities in Central America. Thus, we strongly encourage theoretical or critical readings of Caribbean cultural production in Central America, be they focussed or comparative readings across ethnicity, national contexts, cultural modes (literature, the arts, music, etc), disciplinary models or the intersecting vectors of gender, race and class; we also invite first-hand accounts of Central American-Caribbean identities in the form of testimonios, oral histories, creative essays or other non-traditional modes of cultural expression. In our appreciation of the multi-ethnic and multi-lingual nature of Caribbean communities, we welcome submissions in English, Spanish or French.


Please submit a 200 word abstract and a brief biography or a completed 20-25 page paper to Mariam Pirbhai for English and French contributions ( <> ) or Salvador Fernandez for English and Spanish contributions ( by June 30, 2007.




Suggested areas:


History/Recuperation of Histories

Literary Production and Literary Genres

Popular Culture

Musical Expressions / Ethnomusicology

Art and other Visual Modes of Representation

Technology and Culture

Cultural Identity and Education

The East Indians of Belize

Afro-Caribbean Identities

Garifuna Identities

Racial Constructs of Whiteness, Blackness, and Mestizaje

Globalization and Indigenous Cultures

Migration and Labour

Feminist Readings / Gendered Histories

Citizenship and Human Rights

Human Trafficking

Border Theory / Trans-Border Relations

Inter-Caribbean Relations

Plantation History and Plantation Labour

Salvador C. Fernandez, Ph.D.
Professor of Spanish
Dept. of Spanish and French
  Literary Studies
Occidental College
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041
tel: 323/259-2591
e-mail: <>

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