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[Misc] Caribbean Globalizations~ Call for papers
Call for Papers
Caribbean Globalizations: Histories, Cultures and Genres, 1493 to the Present Day
University of Oxford, 27-29 September 2010
Co-organizers: Eva Sansavior and Richard Scholar
Oriel College, Oxford, and the Maison FranÃ§aise d'Oxford will hos an international conference on Caribbean Globalizations, from September 27th-29th 2010. The conference forms part of a Leverhulme-funded project and intersects with two study days organized in 2010 and 2011. Timed to coincide with the start of Black History Month, the conference will be accompanied by a Caribbean-themed cultural programme that will include keynote speeches by major writers and academics working on the Caribbean region, art exhibitions, film screenings and musical performances at various venues around Oxford as part of a â€˜Caribbean Week in Oxford'.
This conference aims to map and analyse the multiple engagements of various Caribbean countries with the complex and vexed process that is â€˜globalization' since 1493 (when Columbus landed in Guadeloupe). The region has undoubtedly been the source of a number of the literary-critical paradigms by which we understand this process. Examples of these include: â€˜CrÃ©olitÃ©', â€˜creolisation', â€˜la relation', â€˜the Commonwealth', â€˜world literature', â€˜the Black Atlantic' and â€˜littÃ©rature-monde'. However, as the recent disturbances in Guadeloupe and Martinique have suggested, Caribbean countries are also actively rethinking their own identity and place in a world where the Western economic model of globalization is more in question than ever. Similarly, in the cultural sphere, the effects of this process on the region have been the subject of a growing and divergent debate.