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 opens on 1st October 2014

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

Mervyn Morris and Thomas Glave at Bristol in October

Thursday October 9, 2014

IAS Seminar: Jamaican Queer Writing – Professor Thomas Glave



Verdon Smith Room, Royal Fort House, University of Bristol

In conjunction with the Bristol Poetry Institute’s annual reading by Professor Mervyn Morris (Poet Laureate of Jamaica), Professor Glave will visit the University of Bristol to read from his work. A celebrated writer, O’Henry and LAMBA award-winner and activist for LGBT rights, Professor Glave’s talk will comprise part of a larger programme of events, Jamaica Rising, put on by the University of Bristol and Bristol City Council, which will celebrate the changing face of Jamaican literature and culture in the twenty-first century.

The event is free but registration is required. Please see http://www.bristol.ac.uk/ias/diary/2014/327 for details

For further details on this event please contact Dr Madhu Krishnan at Madhu.Krishnan@bristol.ac.uk.

Supported by the University of Bristol Institute for Advanced Studies

Friday 10 October 2014

Jamaican Poet Laureate, Mervyn Morris, Bristol Poetry Institute annual reading



Mervyn Morris, Emeritus Professor at the University of the West Indies, is the author of several volumes of poetry including The Pond (revised edition 1997), Shadowboxing (1979), Examination Centre (1992) and On Holy Week (1993).

Professor Morris has made an invaluable contribution to the development of Caribbean literature, both in his creative writing and as an editor, teacher and scholar, and has been appointed as Jamaica’s first Poet Laureate in over fifty years.. In 2009, Professor Morris was awarded Jamaica’s Order of Merit. Further information is available

Free to attend, but booking required. Please see mervynmorris.eventbrite.com for details.

Organised by the Bristol Poetry Institute

Saturday October 11, 2014

1pm doors, 1.30pm start

£6/£4 concessions

Arnolfini Contempory Arts Centre, Auditorium

screening of The Abominable Crime, with panel discussion and Q&A

The Abominable Crime (directed by Micah Fink) is a documentary that gives voice to gay Jamaicans who, in the face of endemic anti-gay violence, are forced to flee their homeland The film follows Simone Edwards, a mother, and Maurice Tomlinson, a human rights activist, as they navigate the conflict of loving their homeland and staying alive.

Doors will open at 1pm and the screening will be followed by a panel discussion led by Thomas Glave (Binghamton/Warwick), Alison Donnell (Reading) and Keon West (Goldsmiths, University of London), chaired by Roger Griffiths, director of Ujima Radio Bristol

Tickets £6/£4 concessions, available through the Arnolfini Box Office 0117 917 2300 or in person. See http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/research/events/2014/2539.html for details

Supported by the Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts