SCS Postgraduate Conference Call for Papers

Call For Papers 2nd Annual Postgraduate Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies
Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies,
Goldsmiths College, University of London, Date: 22nd May 2017

The Society for Caribbean Studies Postgraduate Caribbean Network invites submissions of abstracts of not more than 250 words for research papers on the Hispanic, Francophone, Dutch and Anglophone Caribbean and their diasporas for this annual postgraduate conference. We welcome abstracts from postgraduates at various stages of their research, whose research concerns any aspect of Caribbean Studies. We also 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 short presentation. Abstracts should be submitted along with a bio of not more than 150 words by 31st March 2017. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered.

We intend this to be an opportunity for delegates to share and receive feedback on their work in a friendly and informal setting.

In addition to paper panels, the conference intends to offer:

· A keynote address (TBA)
· A panel of experts in Caribbean studies sharing tips and personal experiences of building an academic career
· Refreshments, a lunch and a drinks reception to round off the day

This event is free to attend. It has been thought out in the spirit of last year’s inaugural postgraduate conference. As Caribbean postgraduates are often dispersed across departments and universities, this event hopes to offer delegates an opportunity to meet with others who share their interests and to discuss their work, fostering ties that will endure throughout their studies. Many postgraduates also felt that the postgraduate conference held last year had provided them with a unique experience that prepared them to present papers to the annual conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies (SCS) that took place later in the year. This year’s SCS conference will be at Essex University, 5th – 7th July 2017.

Please send abstracts of up to 250 words (in English) to
Ayshah Johnston: or Diana Josan:
by 31
st March 2017 with the subject heading “Caribbean Postgraduate Conference”. Please include your university affiliation, your email address and your bio of up to 150 words.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Ayshah Johnston (PhD candidate at Newcastle University)
Postgraduate Representative of the Society for Caribbean Studies
Diana Josan (PhD candidate at Goldsmiths College, University of London)
Postgraduate Representative of the Society for Caribbean Studies

Caribbean Research Seminar in the North – 3 March, 2017

Dundee Waterfront

in association with the Society for Caribbean Studies and Geography, School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee
River Room 2, 9th Floor, Tower Building, University of Dundee
Perth Road, Dundee DD1 4HN
Friday, 3 March, 2017


1:00 – 1:30pm Registration
1:30 – 1:40pm Welcome and introductions
1:40 – 2:20pm “The Rise and Fall (and Rise?) of the Plantation: A Tale of Two Nations” (Marisa Wilson, University of Edinburgh)
2:20 – 3:00pm ““The Lure of postwar London: performing transnational networks at the heart of Empire” (Gail Low, University of Dundee)
3:00 – 3:20pm Break and coffee/tea
3:20 – 4:00pm “’Returning as methodology’ – faith, identity, music and development in Andean Peru – reflections over ethnographic time” (Nina Laurie, University of St Andrews)
4:00 – 4:40pm “In/Secure Mobilities: Tourism, Travel and Caribbean Mediascapes” (Susan P. Mains, University of Dundee)
4:45 – 5:00pm Wrap-up

The seminar is free to attend, but if possible, please email your intention to attend ahead of time to

A reservation will be made at a reasonably priced local restaurant for those wishing to attend dinner after the seminar. Please contact for booking, and with any other enquiries, including dietary requirements.

Presenter Biographies

Marisa Wilson is a Chancellor’s Fellow and Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Edinburgh. Her work centres on historical injustices of globalised food and how these impact present-day food cultures, economies and environments. She has published a monograph on Cuban food economies, an edited volume on food sovereignty movements in indigenous and postcolonial spaces and papers in journals such as Geoforum, the International Journal of Cuban Studies, and Food, Culture and Society.

Gail Low is a Senior Lecturer in English in the School of Humanities, University of Dundee. Her research interests include: post-war British cultural history and literature; publishing history – especially, metropolitan publishing of Anglophone West African and Caribbean writers in the postwar period, educational publishing and geography of the book publishers series (African Writers Series, Three Crowns Series, Hutchinson New Authors), and Black British writing. She is also a founding editor of DURA, Dundee University Review of the Arts.

Nina Laurie joined St Andrews University in 2016 as Professor of Geography and Development. Prior to that she was Professor if development and the environment at Newcastle University, where she was one of the founding directors of the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. A feminist geographer, she has lived and worked in the Andes on issues of gender, social movements and indigenous development for nearly three decades.

Susan P. Mains is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Dundee. Her work explores transnational identities and media representations of mobility, borders, and security in the context of Caribbean migration, creative industries in Jamaica, Scotland and Colombia, and heritage tourism. She previously worked at the University of the West Indies-Mona, and the British Film Institute, and is the co-editor of Mediated Geographies and Geographies of Media (2015, Rotterdam: Springer).