Caribbean Studies Association Annual Conference 2010 - Call for Papers

Event Date(s): 24/05/2010 - 28/05/2010

Understanding the Everyday Occurrence of Violence in the Cultural Life of the Caribbean: Where Do We Go From Here?  

The phenomenon of violence has become widely recognized as an increasingly intractable problem facing the Caribbean. The 2010 Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association invites scholars to explore the complexities of violence and all its implication for the region.  

This year’s conference theme provides a space for a full discussion of the physical, emotional, psychological, social and political exploration of the notion of violence.  

The policy implications of this topic are unavoidable and urgently needed. It is to this end that the subtitle poses the question, where do we go from here? As the largest and most well-established professional organization of Caribbean scholars, we should offer some input into how public policy concerning violence is formulated. The CSA could, for example, begin to investigate the cost associated with violence in the region, namely the pressures on the public health system to address the needs of those victims of violence, prison costs resulting from conflict, the violence of poverty and unemployment, and the monopolization of violence by the state, inter alia. We welcome panel and individual submissions from people across the humanities, arts, social sciences, public policy and civil society organizations.  

Suggested Topics: 

  • The state’s monopoly of violence  
  • Capitalism and structural violence  
  • Representing violence  
  • Domestic and sexual violence  
  • Violence against children  
  • Violence and citizenship  
  • Violence and everyday life  
  • Transnationalism, diasporas and violence    
  • Crime, violence and the law  
  • Violence and the artistic imagination  
  • Race, ethnic cleavages and political violence  
  • Violence unleashed on the environment of the Caribbean  
  • The role of violence in the cultural life of the region  

We are seeking scholarly papers from individuals spanning the broadest disciplinary and methodological range whose work focuses upon the Caribbean and its Diaspora. While we consider individual papers, we encourage submissions of entire panel proposals. We also encourage and welcome graduate student submissions. While your paper/panel does not have to be on the conference theme, we do welcome submissions that address the theme, whether directly or indirectly.  

We are pleased to continue the very successful Film and Performance Track, which began at the 2009 CSA in Jamaica. On the submission form there will be a space for you to check if you want your proposal to be considered by the committee organizing this section of the conference. 

All submissions must be made via the online submission form at our website: www.caribbeanstudiesassociation.org.


To find out more, please contact the CSA Secretariat via e-mail at CSA@sta.uwi.edu.

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