UPDATE: [General] Update on Virtual Caribbeans

full name / name of organization: 
Natalia Porto
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Last days to submit proposals for Virtual Caribbeans in New Orleans!

The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University, in
conjunction with the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, is pleased
to announce Virtual Caribbeans, to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana
February 28 - March 1, 2008.

The definition of the Caribbean as primarily a geographical region is no
longer viable. Through the movement of its peoples, cultures, and
languages, we also make or find the “Caribbean” elsewhere. It has become
an imagined community beyond geographic contours, while simultaneously
retaining an immediate materiality that impacts the everyday experiences
of Caribbean (and non-Caribbean) subjects. Taking the guayabera as the
ubiquitous emblem of Caribbeanness, this conference will offer a space
for the exploration of manifestations across various media, technologies
and performances. Due to a unique history that features French, Spanish,
African, Canadian, and other immigrant influences, as well as a legacy of
traffic in peoples, cultures, dialects, and products from the West Indies
and the circum-Caribbean, New Orleans provides an ideal site for these
explorations. Join us in what is often called the northernmost point of
the Caribbean.

Proposals for papers and panels are invited in a wide range of areas
including, but not limited to:

-Configurations of the Caribbean in cyberspace
-Filmic and other visual Caribbeans
-Listening to the Caribbean
-Tangible sites of Caribbeannness created through migrations and diaspora
-Portable Caribbeans
-Performance and stagings of the Caribbean inside and outside its
geographical confines

We invite proposals that examine particular case studies and phenomena or
rethink conventional narratives. Proposals for individual papers or 3-4
person panels should include a 300-word abstract
and detailed personal information (name, mailing address, email,
phone/fax, institutional affiliation) for each participant. Panel
proposals should also include a separate top sheet identifying the panel
title, panel organizer and a 200-300 word panel description. Please email
proposals by November 15, 2007
to nporto_at_tulane.edu. Accepted papers and panels will be announced by
December 1, 2007. Further details will be available on line at

Virtual Caribbeans’ Keynote Speakers

Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Columbia University, the author of
Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture and
None of the Above: Puerto Ricans in the Global Era.

Alina Troyano, a playwright, performance artist and teacher, the author
of I, Carmelita Tropicana: Performing Between Cultures.

Among other conference speakers are: Robin Moore, José Muñoz, Alex
Vazques, Ela Troyano (who brings her newest film La Lupe to the screen of
Virtual Caribbeans!).

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