Abstracts for papers for 'Comparative Caribbeans: an Interdisciplinary Conference' at Emory University in Atlanta are being accepted until September 1, 2011. emoryThe conference will take place on November 3-5, 2011.

Recent debates in Comparative Literary studies have brought the very idea and practice of comparison under scrutiny. What are the limits and possibilities of comparison in a time marked by an ongoing process of globalization? What is the status of “world literature” as a category of analysis? What are the epistemological, political, and ethical stakes in doing work across disciplinary, linguistic, and geo-political boundaries? This conference seeks to contribute to this ongoing discussion by taking the Caribbean as its point of departure. As a region marked by linguistic, historical, and geographical differences and as a site of displaced origins and rhizomatic identifications, the Caribbean not only necessitates comparatist perspectives, but may also help us reconfigure how comparison is thought and practiced.

The conference invites work that cuts across linguistic and disciplinary boundaries, bringing Caribbean art, literature, and culture into challenging dialogues with other traditions in order to map new trajectories for further comparative engagement. The conference is particularly interested in highlighting work that does not subsume Caribbean cultural and literary production under the umbrella of “area studies,” but instead draws on Caribbean aesthetic and philosophical traditions in an effort to rethink some of the theoretical and methodological axioms that underlie contemporary comparative studies.

Keynote Speakers for conference:
Professor Guillermina De Ferrari (Spanish and Portuguese, University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Professor Natalie Melas (Comparative Literature, Cornell University)
Professor Mara Negrón (Comparative Literature and Gender Studies, University of Puerto Rico)
Professor Rubén Ríos Ávila (Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies, University of Puerto Rico)

Possible areas of inquiry:
The Caribbean and Post-Structuralism
Caribbean Perspectives on Theories of Trauma and Memory
Comparative Post-Colonialities
Plantation Traces: The Caribbean and the American South
Theories and Poetics of Relation, Creolization, and Hybridity
Comparative Approaches to Migratory Movements and the Caribbean Diaspora
Eco-Criticism and Planetary Archipelagos: Remapping Geographies
A Post-Revolutionary Caribbean? Liberation and Alternative Philosophies of History
Artistic and Performative Engagements with the Caribbean
Caribbean Vulnerabilities
Caribbean Queer Mappings
Piracy, the Law, and the State: Revisiting Sovereignty, Empire, and Capital
 

Please submit your abstracts of 300-500 words with a short bio to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by September 1, 2011. We invite submissions from senior and junior faculty, graduate students, and from independent scholars.

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