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Diaspora Voices, New Directions

Diaspora Voices, New Directions
Call for Papers
Time: Mar 25th, 12:01 am End: Mar 25th, 11:59 pm
Interest Categories: Diaspora/Transnational, Caribbean, 2000-
Call for Papers for conference April 16, 2016

Call for Papers: Caribbean Studies Conference

Diaspora Voices, New Directions
6th Annual U of T Caribbean Studies Conference
A One-Day Student Symposium
April 16, 2016, University Of Toronto

Call for Papers

Students from any post-secondary institution in the GTA and the surrounding area, in any discipline or field, as well as any interested member of the wider public, are welcome to participate in the U of T Caribbean Studies program's sixth annual conference. This is a one-day, student-organized, interdisciplinary conference on the Caribbean and its diaspora. This conference offers a vital public venue to highlight, discuss and celebrate the work and ideas of students interested in the Caribbean. The primary organizers and most of the participants are students themselves (with faculty and staff support). This conference gives organizers and participants the opportunity to gain invaluable organizing experience and a chance to get a glimpse of what it might feel like to pursue a career in academia. Additionally, it creates a unique space for community interaction, self-empowerment, and networking.

Papers on any topic to do with the Caribbean are welcome. We seek proposals and submissions from any of the following people or groups:
• post-secondary and other students and members of the public, who have written a paper on a Caribbean topic. Term papers, book/film reports, or any other analytical format are welcome.
• students who want to share and reflect upon their experiences as part of practicum or fieldwork training in the Caribbean, or with Caribbean communities in Toronto.
• authors of spoken word poetry, prose, music, visual arts, and short "think" pieces, whose work is relevant to the conference.
• presenters/proposals which highlight the work of young, community organizers and activists who are making important contributions to building and sustaining community life in the Toronto Caribbean community.
• graduate students who would like to participate as either presenters on our graduate student panels or panel facilitators/chairs.

Special Call: Black Lives Matter
We are especially looking for papers, presenters or proposals on "Black Lives Matter," highlighting the politics of freedom and daily resistance in the African Diaspora through space and time. If racialization, marginalization, and indeed death are afterlives of slavery, how have people of African descent fought against social and political structures of power before and after abolition? What are some of the Caribbean expressions of Black Lives Matter's call for "Freedom and Justice for All Black Lives"? How have Caribbean social justice movements inspired and been inspired by Black Lives Matter? How is Black culture in the Caribbean and the diaspora political? In addition to protest, social movements and revolutions, we are interested in small acts and the everyday politics of Black lives and cultures.


More Info
All presentations should be approximately 10-12 minutes long. Based on the submissions which we receive we will group the papers into panels with general themes.

Submissions/proposals should be a summary of your work not exceeding 300 words in length. If yours is an artistic piece then you may submit the entire work. All submissions should include (a) a title (b) the individual's name and institution (c) a telephone number (d) an email address.

The conference takes place on Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9am-5pm, in 100 St. George Street, Room 2098. Refreshments and lunch will be served. If you are in need of childcare in order to facilitate involvement in the conference please discuss this with the Conference Organizing Committee ahead of time.
Conference Organizing Committee: Allana Sukhai, Felicia Taylor-Edwards, Bethan Fisk and Katrin Kocsis (U of T students). Faculty Advisor: Melanie J. Newton.


Submission deadline: Friday, March 25th 2016
Please send proposals and queries for more information to diasporavoicestoronto2016@gmail.com

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