CFP: Caribbean Irish Connections

Caribbean Irish Connections

A multidisciplinary conference and workshop, Barbados Nov 16-17 2012 Organisers: Alison Donnell (University of Reading, UK), Maria McGarrity (LIU Brooklyn, USA,), Evelyn O’Callaghan (University of the West Indies, Barbados)

In the middle of a story about a Jamaican woman called Miss Manda, whose speech acts
reveal her as both multiply situated and ‘out of place’, the prominent Jamaican novelist Erna Brodber issues a surprising provocation to scholars of Caribbean studies, I want to know what the Irish, the Scottish, the Welsh gave to the Creole mix as much as I want to know…what particular part of Africa is my heritage…I will solve the African riddle but who will tell me about the others? (Brodber 1998: 75)

Although there has been more recent scholarship on the connections between Ireland and the Caribbean, such as the The Black and Green Atlantic: Cross-Currents of the African and Irish Diasporas edited by O’Neill and Lloyd, there remains still too little conversation between scholars based in Caribbean Studies and those in Irish Studies. This conference aims to open up these conversations as they pertain to history, politics, language, geography, expressive  cultural forms, and everyday practices (such as the shamrock passport stamp of Montserrat).

We seek the active engagement of scholars working within this highly focused yet potentially broad field to further shape this emerging critical discourse.

Please send abstracts of 250 words and a brief biog. to a.j.donnell@reading.ac.uk by 29 June 2012. Presenters will be notified by last week in July.

A special accommodation rate has been negotiated for presenters at Beach View, Paynes Bay, St. James, Barbados, and all conference sessions will be held there.
<http://www.beachviewbarbados.com/>

Registration fees: (including lunches & BBQ supper with drinks on Saturday night)
US & Europe : US$150
Caribbean : US$75

Selected papers will be considered for an edited collection in Palgrave’s New Caribbean Studies series.

Call for Contributions: “Gender, Ireland, Latin America and the Caribbean”

Volume 8, Number 2, December, 2012
“Gender, Ireland, Latin America and the Caribbean”

The editors of Irish Migration Studies in Latin America invite submissions for a special
issue on Gender (Volume 8, Number 2, December, 2012). Articles discussing women and
men from a gender perspective, and within an Irish-Latin American/Caribbean context
will be considered. Emigration/Immigration, Feminism, Domestic Violence, Religion,
Education, Activism, Human Rights, Race, Homosexuality, Masculinity, Literature,
Cinema, Theatre, Art, Sports, and Health are possible areas of focus. Articles using a
comparative approach (examining a particular theme in Ireland and Latin
America/Caribbean), and complementary articles by different authors on a similar theme,
one article based in Ireland the other in Latin America/Caribbean, will also be
considered. Articles may be placed in a historical or contemporary setting.
Articles should be submitted to the Editor in Chief by 15 July 2012. Articles related to
the general theme of this journal will also be considered. Scholarly articles should be
between two and five thousand words. The editors also welcome book, film and website
reviews, edited discussions of primary documents, photo essays, and short biographies
related to the topic of the special issue, and to the general theme of the journal. All
contributions must conform to the Contributors’ Guidelines of this journal before they will be considered. All papers will undergo editorial screening and peer review.

Email: gender@irlandeses.org
Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Clíona Murphy, History Department, California State University,
Bakersfield, CA 93311.