Wednesday, 11 May 2011

6th International Caribbean Women's Writing Conference: Comparative Critical Conversations - Registration now OPEN

The 6th International Caribbean Women's Writing Conference: Comparative Critical Conversations will be held at Goldsmiths, University of London on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 June 2011. Registration is now OPEN. Download a registration form at:

or visit the Comparative Critical Conversations blog

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

2nd CFP: Sixth International Conference of Caribbean Women's Writing - 24-25 June 2011


Sixth International Conference of Caribbean Women's Writing
Goldsmiths, University of London
Centre for Caribbean Studies

24 - 25 June 2011
THEME: Comparative Critical Conversations

Caribbean Women's Literature as a body of work has become rooted in the region and across the diaspora. As a result, critics and teachers engaged in discovering, interpreting and disseminating the study of the texts have sought and found various discursive spaces from which to explore its distinctive aesthetics and particular complexities. The resulting transition from silence and absence to differentiated presence has opened a range of questions which this conference wishes to address. Centrally, we ask: how might the readings of Caribbean Women's literature, alongside other 'minority' and 'canonical' texts within given national literatures produce
perspectives that might re-invigorate as well as re-address contemporary critical processes?

'Caribbean Women's Literature: Comparative Critical Conversations' is an international 2-day conference to be held at Goldsmiths, University of London on 24th and 25th June 2011. It aims to reconfigure methodologies through comparative responses to the literature in a bid to further understand the deep and complex relations between texts that derive from a culture variously described as mimetic, hybrid, fragmented, syncretic and so on. To this end, we are currently inviting proposals for 20-minute papers that reflect on these questions and themes. Topics may include but are by no means limited to Caribbean women's literature as:

. reconfigurations of genders
. Creole poetics
. affiliations between 'minority' literatures
. Comparative literature today
. in transatlantic and oceanic studies
. auto-theorising texts
. reconfiguring modernity and / or postmodernity
. Caribbean historicism
. re-thinking national/ post-national texts
. transformations of literary language
. re-presenting Caribbean cosmology
. spoken word
. testimonio
. first/ second/ third wave regional writing
. critical imaginative geographies

We invite proposals through abstracts that offer a clear statement of the area(s) addressed and identify the sources used in approximately 1 page or 250 words for an individual presentation. Each abstract must also include the name of the presenter and the current institutional affiliation. A brief biog (50 words) is to be appended to the abstract.

Panel presentations must include a description of the panel as well as title and abstracts of individual presentations and the brief biographical information (see above) of each presenter.

Proposal/ Submission Deadline EXTENDED: 25 February 2011
Notification of Acceptance: 1 March 2011

Please send abstracts to the Conference Committee:
or post to:
The Conference Organising Committee
Sixth International Conference on Caribbean Women's Writing
Centre for Caribbean Studies
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
London, SE14 6NW

Friday, 29 October 2010

Journal - Imoinda: Criticism and Response/Trans-global Conversations

On Tuesday 26 October we held a small reception to launch the final products of our one year AHRC/Beyond Text project. Opening remarks were given by the Warden of Goldsmiths, Pat Loughrey, to whom we are extremely thankful.

The event was extremely well attended and a fantastic evening was had by all. The journal titled Imoinda: Criticism and Response and the DVD titled Imoinda: Trans-global Conversations will be distributed to libraries and universities world wide.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Joan Anim-Addo, the author of the original text around which this work was based and to the academics in Italy, Greece and New York who made this project possible.

Friday, 9 July 2010

SLI Workshop - Lock Keepers Cottage

Yesterday myself and Natasha attended the SLI workshop run by the Beyond Text team for the 2010-11 Award Holders. It turned out to be a great event and we were able to talk about the ups and downs of our project.

Today, Fabio delivered the final DVD and it is fantastic. Now I have to arrange to have them pressed. Hopefully we will have the journal and the DVD ready for the end of July and then we will have to complete the end of project report!!

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Decisions, decisions, decisions

We now have most of the content for the special issue of New Mango Season.

Now we are faced with a number of editorial decisions which we are taking on in our stride.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

The last few months .....

Over the past few months the project team have been busy selecting articles for our forthcoming postgraduate journal end editing our DVD.

Our panel presentation at the Afromodernisms Conference in Liverpool in April 2010 was a big success.

Our current project is drawing to a close but we are hoping to be able to take Imoinda worldwide, starting with a conference that we hope to attend in Guyana, so watch this space.

Further details on the journal and the DVD will be posted shortly.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Afromodernisms - April 2010

We are extremely pleased to have had our Postgraduate panel accepted at the forthcoming Afromodernisms Conference which will take place at the University of Liverpoolin Liverpool from Thursday 15 April to Saturday 17 April 2010. Further details on the Conference can be found here. Our panel will focus on Imoinda.