Call for Papers

Conference organizers seek papers that reveal some of the unexpected moments and instances of surprise in Caribbean literature, film, history, culture, law, and landscape. We especially invite work that addresses the following:

  • Caribbean art and artistry (painting, sculpture, film, music, carnival, fashion, architecture, etc.);
  • Caribbean Louisiana / Caribbean presences in the Gulf of Mexico;
  • Representations of Caribbean im/migrants in the Midwest;
  • Creating Caribbean communities in the Midwest: the joys and challenges;
  • Caribbean migrations worldwide;
  • The Latinx Caribbean (from/in Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic)
  • Negotiating linguistic identity/ies;
  • The Caribbean subject in policy and law;
  • Caribbean gender performances;
  • Exotifications of the Caribbean, incl. depictions of Caribbean religions in popular culture;
  • Caribbean ecologies;
  • Natural disasters in the Caribbean;
  • NGOs in the Caribbean;
  • The Caribbean and the Digital: media, technology, and the Digital Humanities;
  • Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable and/or other Caribbean “firsts.”

Papers will be presented in English. Reading time should not exceed 15 minutes.


Please send a 300-word electronic abstract to Giselle Anatol and Cécile Accilien at  Abstract deadline: March 31, 2018.


Questions can be directed to Giselle Anatol,