CFP: [Postcolonial] Indo-Caribbean Literature and Culture

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Letizia Gramaglia

Indo-Caribbean Literature and Culture
A Conference to Celebrate the 170thAnniversary of the Arrival of
East Indians in the Caribbean
University of Warwick
9th-10th May 2008

Between 1838 and 1917 several thousand East Indians crossed the ‘black
waters’ (kala-pani) and were indentured in the Caribbean to replace slave
labour. Their hard work saved an ailing sugar industry, rescuing many
British colonies from economic disaster. In recent times, there has been
a conscious drive within Indo-Caribbean scholarship to re-explore the
system of indentureship with a view to gaining a deeper understanding of
the Indian experience of migration and work. Recruitment and labour
techniques have been posed under scrutiny; the brutality and injustice of
the system have been exposed; and the struggle for survival of the
indentured coolies has been acknowledged. Yet, the investigation of their
remarkable history, made of continuities and transformations, must
proceed hand in hand with the appreciation of East Indians’ contribution
to the social, political and cultural growth of the Caribbean. Some of
the greatest writers, politicians, cricketers, doctors and businessmen
from the Caribbean are of Indian origin. On the occasion of the 170th
anniversary of the arrival of East Indians in Guyana this conference aims
to celebrate the Indian presence in the Caribbean and to stimulate
dialogue on Indo-Caribbean history and culture.

Suggested topics for individual papers:
Migration narratives and experiences
Indenture and exile
Politics and labour in the Caribbean
Construction and Re-construction of Indo-Caribbean identities
Indo-Caribbean literature and art
Gender and sexuality
Religion and ethnicity
Indian women in the Caribbean

Submissions: Proposals are invited from established and new scholars,
including postgraduate researchers. 200 to 250-word abstracts should be
sent to and should arrive by Monday 10th March
2008. Responses will be given to proposals received before this deadline.
To register for the conference please contact
This conference is sponsored by HRC.

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