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CFP: Going Caribbean!


International Conference

Going Caribbean!
New Perspectives on Caribbean Literature and Art

Novas perspectivas sobre a literatura e a arte caribenhas

Nuevas perspectivas sobre la literatura y el arte caribeños

Nouvelles perspectives sur la littérature et l´art des Caraïbes
Nieuwe perspectieven op de Caribische literatuur en kunst

University of Lisbon, November 2 – 3, 2009

This conference aims to open up new perspectives through the comparative study of Fiction and Art from the broader Francophone, Hispanic, Dutch, and Anglophone Caribbean as well as their respective Diasporas. A comparative perspective urges us to unveil hidden connections, influences and dialogues between Writers, Artists and Intellectuals. How can a Caribbean nation be imagined beyond geographical and linguistic boundaries? What are the convergences between authors and artists that at first have little in common, like, for instance, Caryl Phillips, the incisive writer from St. Kitts, and Frank Martinus Arion from Curaçao? Is there a literary connection between Edwidge Danticat, one of the fascinating voices of the Haitian diaspora, and Patrick Chamoiseau, the Goncourt winning novelist from Martinique? Are the «Puerto Rican» paintings of Arnaldo Roche in dialogue with the «Dutch Antillean» work of José Maria Capricorne? Finally, how does a transnational, multilingual, perspective on their work shed light on current processes of creolisation inside and outside the Caribbean? Beyond the possibilities, what obstacles and objections persist in undertaking a comparative study of Caribbean culture?

Keynote Speakers

Frank Martinus Arion (Curaçao)

Mayra Santos-Febres (Puerto Rico)

Ineke Phaf-Reinberger (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)

Kathleen Gyssels (University of Antwerp)

Aart G. Broek (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies)

Theo D´haen (Catholic University of Leuven)

Suggested topics for papers and sessions

We welcome all comparative approaches to Caribbean Literature and Art in relation to the following areas and topics:

  • Representations of Caribbean Identity
  • Arts from the Caribbean Diaspora(s) and Exile
  • New Directions in Caribbean Studies
  • Influences on Dutch Caribbean Art and Literature
  • Translation of Caribbean literature (specially to Portuguese): problems and perspectives
  • Creolisation in the Caribbean in comparison to Cape Verde
  • Memory and Trauma
  • Visual Arts
  • Cultural Studies
  • Impact of circular migration on Caribbean culture
  • Caribbean Philosophy
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Cultural and Literary Reviews


A detailed program of the conference will be posted on our website in due course.

Paper submission

  • Papers may be presented in Portuguese, English, French or Spanish
  • Abstracts (max. 300 words) and a short biography (100 Words) should be sent electronically via attachment to:
  • Deadline for submission of papers: May 31, 2009

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