Conference 2020: ‘The Literature of Trinidad and Tobago 1980-2020’

deadline for submissions: 
March 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
The University of the West Indies St Augustine
contact email: 

This Conference is the first of what is expected to be a series of collaborations aimed at surveying late twentieth century and early twenty-first century developments in the oral and written literature of all the islands of the English-speaking Caribbean including Guyana and Belize.


The first component of the initiating Trinidad and Tobago conference is the production of an annotated Bibliography of works by writers of Trinidad and Tobago led by the Library of the University of the West Indies, NALIS and the National Archives.


The second component is analysis and interpretation of the form and content of an exciting and so far, uncharted body of work whose continuity with what has gone before and whose “newness” have not been examined.


You are invited to submit abstracts for panel proposals, individual papers, posters, or blogs / vlogs in any genre or combination of genres


Prose fiction

Creative non-fiction



Proposals may address themes and concerns relating to the particular context of Trinidad and Tobago, to the Caribbean region as a whole or the globe. Formal and aesthetic issues relating to language, performance, literary techniques, the permeability of formal boundaries etc. are expected to figure largely in the Conference


Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words between February 12th and March 31st 2020. You will be informed of acceptance by April 30th 2020. Full papers are due by July 31st 2020. The final paper should be no less than 20 but no more than 30 pages including footnotes and bibliography. Please note: footnotes rather than endnotes. Send all submissions to