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: caribbean@gold.ac.uk
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

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