39th Annual Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies

venuehireThe Drum Intercultural Arts Centre, Birmingham, 1-3 July 2015

The Society for Caribbean Studies invites submissions of abstracts of no more than 250 words for research papers on the Hispanic, Francophone, Dutch and Anglophone Caribbean and their diasporas for this annual international conference. Papers are welcomed from all disciplines and can address the themes outlined below.

We also welcome abstracts for papers that fall outside this list of topics, and we particularly welcome proposals for complete panels, which should consist of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 4 presenters.

Those selected for the conference will be invited to give a 20 minute presentation. Abstracts should be submitted along with a short bio of no more than 150 words by 14th January 2014. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered.

See below for Provisional Themes, Abstract Submission, and Bursaries. Provisional themes emerged from the AGM and committee meeting and are suggestions: relevant papers not addressing these themes are also welcome.


  • Neocolonialism in Haiti and the Wider Caribbean
  • The Road to Morant Bay
  • Reparations for Slavery
  • Performance, Music, Theatre
  • Cultural Representation and Identity in Film, Media and Broadcasting
  • The Notting Hill Carnival
  • Stuart Hall
  • Race and Cultural Studies in the UK Today
  • Struggle and Resistance in the Arts and Literature
  • Culture and Solidarity
  • Community Organisation
  • Local History and Oral History
  • Science and Technology
  • The Caribbean and the Environment
  • Caribbean Creoles
  • Gender, Sex and Sexualities
  • Tourism and Consumption
  • Caribbean mobilities
  • Norman Girvan
  • Death, Morbidity and Religion

In keeping with the location of the conference, there are also plans to have (at additional cost) a screening of The Stuart Hall project on the Tuesday evening before the conference, as well as an arranged visit to relevant archives at the new Library of Birmingham.

On-line abstract submission is now open:

Please follow this link to submit your paper on-line…

The Society will provide a limited number of bursaries for (a) postgraduate students, and (b) postgraduates or scholars based in the Caribbean, to assist with registration costs. Please indicate when submitting the abstract whether you wish to be considered for a bursary. Please note that travel costs cannot be funded.

For further queries, please contact the Conference Coordinator, Anyaa Anim-Addo, on societyforcaribbeanstudies@gmail.com




Arts researchers or practitioners living and working in the Caribbean are eligible to apply for the Bridget Jones Travel Award, the deadline for which is the 16th January 2015. The winner of the award will present their work at the 39th Annual Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies, The Drum Intercultural Arts Centre, Birmingham, 1-3 July 2015.


If you are an arts practitioner living and working in any region of the Anglophone, Hispanic, Francophone or Dutch speaking Caribbean, you may apply for the Award. The successful recipient will receive £650 towards travel expenses and, in addition, a full bursary to cover conference fees and accommodation. Applications are especially welcome from individuals with no institutional affiliations. We encourage applications from across the arts: from visual artists, performers, creative writers, film-makers, folklorists, playwrights etc.

How To Apply              

To apply for the Award you must submit the following:

*             A covering letter

*             Curriculum vitae (no more than 4 sides of A4)

*             Statements from 2 referees who are able to comment on your work

AND either

(a) A proposal for a presentation of your work in the areas of film, literature, visual or performing arts.


(b) A proposal for a reading of original creative work.

Presentations normally last for up to one hour, including time for questions from the audience. The most important part of your application will therefore be a full description of the proposed presentation detailing the themes and rationale behind the presentation, as well as how the presentation will be organised and any props required (e.g. if intending to screen clips of films; show slides of artwork; incorporate live performance etc). 

Applications and enquiries should be sent by e-mail to Eva Sansavior

on Eva.Sansavior@ul.ie

Completed applications must be received by 16th January 2015. A decision will be made by the committee in early February.

For more information on the Bridget Jones Travel Award and the Society for Caribbean Studies, visit the Society website on www.caribbeanstudies.org.uk