Call for Papers

๐‚๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐›๐š๐ง๐ขฬ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฒ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ข๐›๐ž๐งฬƒ๐ข๐๐š๐๐ž๐ฌ: ๐€๐ฌ๐ž๐๐ข๐จ๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š ๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ ๐ž๐ง
๐‚๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐›๐š๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ข๐›๐›๐ž๐š๐ง๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ๐ฌ: ๐“๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ˆ๐ฆ๐š๐ ๐ž
๐‚๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐›๐š๐ง๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ž๐ญ ๐€๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ: ๐€๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐žฬ๐ ๐ž๐ซ ๐‹โ€™๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ ๐ž

๐€๐ฉ๐ซ๐ข๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ–๐ญ๐ก-๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ๐ญ๐ก, ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

๐ƒ๐ž๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐‹๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐š๐ ๐ž๐ฌ, ๐‹๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐‚๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ
๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ž ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐Œ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฐ๐š๐ฎ๐ค๐ž๐ž, ๐–๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐ง, ๐”.๐’.๐€.

We invite proposals for individual papers or panels in Spanish, English, or French. Graduate student submissions are encouraged. Panels will be composed of a maximum of 3 presenters. Presentations should be fifteen to seventeen (15-17) minutes long.

Please send an abstract of 250 words or less by electronic attachment (in Microsoft Word) to: The deadline to submit an abstract for consideration is: November 19th, 2021.

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Updated poster--Calibans

Calibanรญas y Caribeรฑidades: Asedios a la imagen
Calibans and Caribbeanisms: Troubling the Image
Calibanismes et Antillanismes: Assiรฉger Lโ€™image

April 28th-30th, 2022
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

The second Calibans and Caribbeanisms conference interrogates the images that have traditionally served to construct the Caribbean. A violent image such as that of cannibalism is encrypted in the name itself of this region of the world as a contact zone named by the fears and the greed of the colonizer. Roberto Fernรกndez de Retamar resemanticizes the figure of the rebellious Calibรกn as an ambivalent representation of both the colonial wound and the possibility of freedom from oppressive tropes. In that spirit, this interdisciplinary conference is guided by questions such as the following: How has the tension between representations of Ariel, as Josรฉ Enrique Rodรณโ€™s figuration of the Latin American organic intellectual, and Calibรกn โ€“a figure of dangerous excess, marginalization and revolutionary potentialโ€“ dominated discussions and discourses of Caribbean identity? How is the Caribbean itself as a geographical location conceptualized as an image of โ€œexcessโ€? What are the ethnoracial discourses constructed around this very image of โ€œexcessโ€ that contribute to the imperial configuration of the Caribbean as a โ€œparadise lost,โ€ found now by cryptocurrency billionaires and millionaires, investors and tourists in search of the solace of โ€œtropical resortsโ€? How have discourses on capitalism and globalization configured the Caribbean as a coveted โ€œprizeโ€ in what Naomi Klein has termed โ€œthe battle for paradiseโ€? How has Caribbean-heavy reliance on the industry of tourism contributed to the notion of the Caribbean as โ€œcommodity,โ€ as evidenced by an industry that puts islands and keys up for sale? How have recent hurricanes like Matthew (2016) and Maria (2017) unveiled the issues of structural inequality that the Caribbean has been dealing with since colonial times? And in the midst of the chaos left behind by natural disasters like these, what individual initiatives (artistic, entrepreneurial, agricultural, etc.) put forth an image of futurity and hope that counters the dominant disastrous narrative? How have 20th and 21st century diasporas further led to questions of how to envision Caribbeanness beyond geographical boundaries? And last but not least, how has the language of images offered decolonial alternatives to more logocentric understandings of the Caribbean and Caribbeanness? How do any of these factors surface visually? What tensions between images and words are involved in those representations?

Our goal is to bring together papers that address any number of these topics as they manifest themselves in the humanities, the plastic arts, and the social and political sciences. Our trilingual conference [French, Spanish, and English] invites papers that reflect on the sorts of issues that follow as they relate to notions of the image:

Africa in the imagination of the Caribbean and/or vice versa

Caribbean diasporas

Caribbean feminisms and transfeminisms

Caribbean images of otherness

Caribbean masculinities

Caribbean performance, film, and visual arts

Caribbean pop art and graphic novel

Caribbean representations of disability

Caribbean representations of gender

Coloniality and decoloniality in the Caribbean

Depictions of nostalgia and nomadic Caribbean identities

Literary images of the Caribbean

Natural disasters, devastation, and recovery in the Caribbean

Queer imaginaries of the Caribbean

Political imaginaries of the Caribbean

Pre-Columbian, colonial, and 19th century representations of the Caribbean

Race, gender and subalternity

Religious representations in the Caribbean

Representations of the Afro-Caribbean, Indo-Caribbean, Asian Caribbean or Indigenous Caribbean experience

Snapshots of Caribbeanness

Sustainability and the environment

The Caribbean and the global context

The Caribbean in the Latin American context

The imagining of Caribbean nationalisms

Tourism and images of the Caribbean

Transatlantic Studies: The Caribbean/ Europe/Africa

Women in Caribbean literature

We invite proposals for individual papers or panels in Spanish, English, or French. Graduate student submissions are encouraged. Panels will be composed of a maximum of 3 presenters. Presentations should be fifteen to seventeen (15-17) minutes long.

Please send an abstract of 250 words or less by electronic attachment (in Microsoft Word) to: by November 19th, 2022.

Calibans and Caribbeanisms: Spaces and Topographies

The first conference on Caribbean studies Calibans and Caribbeanisms: Spaces and Topographiesย (Call for Papers) was held from April 5th to 7th, 2018 at the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Playing with the metaphor of the rebellious Caliban as protagonist, this interdisciplinary conference was guided by the following questions: How has the Caribbean been constructed historically as a geographic place and an imagined space both from within and without? How did the colonial encounter shape the notion of Caribbeans as โ€œsubhuman Calibansโ€ or โ€œcannibals,โ€ and how has the coexistent resistance to such othering continued to revise colonial and neocolonial misperceptions? How have 20thย and 21stย century diasporas further led to questions of not only how to locate Caribbeanness, but challenged the notion of real and imagined boundaries of space, nation, and identity? And given 21stย century political changes that have opened the Caribbean increasingly to global markets, how have the continued intertwinements between language, power, and mobility led to inventive artistic and literary production?ย The conference explored with particular interest notions of โ€œspaceโ€ and โ€œtopographyโ€ as matrices where a variety of understandings about Caribbean cultural identity are negotiated. We also had keynote addresses given respectively by Dr. Lester Tomรฉ about Cuban ballet and revolution, and Dr. Patrick Bellegarde-Smith about spaces for the construction of Haitian identity, such as the voodoo religion.

Calibans and Caribbeanisms will be a biennial event. Our next conference will be held at the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Marquette University on April of 2020.

Poster Calibans