6th International Conference of Caribbean Women's Writing: Comparative Critical Conversations

6th International Conference of Caribbean Women’s Writing: Comparative Critical Conversations
Friday 24 and Saturday 25 June 2011
Registration Fee: £70 (£35 students)

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Caribbean Women’s Literature as a body of work has become rooted in the region and across the diaspora. As a result, critics and teachers engaged in discovering, interpreting and disseminating the study of the texts have sought and found various discursive spaces from which to explore its distinctive aesthetics and particular complexities. The resulting transition from silence and absence to differentiated presence has opened a range of questions which this conference wishes to address. Centrally, we ask: how might the readings of Caribbean Women’s literature, alongside other ‘minority’ and ‘canonical’ texts within given national literatures produce perspectives that might re-invigorate as well as re-address contemporary critical processes?

‘Comparative Critical Conversations’ is an international 2-day conference to be held at Goldsmiths, University of London on 24th and 25th June 2011. It aims to reconfigure methodologies through comparative responses to the literature in a bid to further understand the deep and complex relations between texts that derive from a culture variously described as mimetic, hybrid, fragmented, syncretic and so on. To this end, we are currently inviting proposals for 20-minute papers that reflect on these questions and themes. Topics may include but are by no means limited to Caribbean women’s literature as:

reconfigurations of genders
Creole poetics
affiliations between ‘minority’ literatures
Comparative literature today
in transatlantic and oceanic studies
auto-theorising texts
reconfiguring modernity and / or postmodernity
Caribbean historicism
re-thinking national/ post-national texts
transformations of literary language
re-presenting Caribbean cosmology
spoken word
first/ second/ third wave regional writing
critical imaginative geographies

We invite proposals through abstracts that offer a clear statement of the area(s) addressed and identify the sources used in approximately 1 page or 250 words for an individual presentation. Each abstract must also include the name of the presenter and the current institutional affiliation. A brief biog (50 words) is to be appended to the abstract. Panel presentations must include a description of the panel as well as title and abstracts of individual presentations and the brief biographical information (see above) of each presenter.

The Conference Organising Committee
Sixth International Conference on Caribbean Women’s Writing
Centre for Caribbean Studies
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
London, SE14 6NW

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