Who we are, what we do, our aims

The Society of Caribbean Research (Socare) was founded in 1988 by a group of university teachers interested in the Caribbean. Its main purpose was to bring into contact all those who worked or were interested in the area of the Caribbean, but who were scattered in different institutions and disciplines.

Though the Society was founded in Germany, it was never meant to be a “national“ institution. Since its foundation international membership has steadily increased; its conferences – thirteen by now – have taken place in Germany, Austria, Holland, Belgium and Jamaica. The proceedings of all congresses have been published in one or more volumes.

Currently we aim at bringing together research on the Greater Caribbean in a global, hemispheric and local perspective, including diaspora communities in- and outside the Caribbean, in- and outside the well-known centers.

Executive board

since October 2015

Head of committee

Anja Bandau, Romanisches Seminar, Leibniz Universität Hannover


Deputy head of committee

Anne Brüske, Romanisches Seminar, Universität Heidelberg


Martina Urioste-Buschmann, Romanisches Seminar, Leibniz Universität Hannover




Natascha Ueckmann, Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften, Universität Bremen

Public relations

Johannes Bohle, Center for InterAmerican Studies, Universität Bielefeld


Advisory board

Ariel Camejo (Universidad de la Habana)

Jorge Duany (Florida International University)

Sybille Fisher (New York University)

Kathleen Gyssels (Universiteit Antwerpen)

Corinne Mencé-Caster (Université des Antilles)

Marie-José Nzengou-Tayo (University of the West Indies)

Ineke Phaf-Rheinberger (Humboldt-Universität Berlin)

Mimi Sheller (Drexel University)

Christoph Singler (Université de Franche-Comté)

Jean Stubbs (Institute of the Americas)

Nicholas Watts (Freie Universität Berlin & Bristol University)

Honorary members

Thomas Bremer, Institut für Romanistik, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Ulrich Fleischmann, Lateinamerika-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin (†)

Kathleen Gyssels, Dept. Letterkunde, Universiteit Antwerpen

Michael Hoenisch, John F. Kennedy-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin

Ineke Phaf-Rheinberger, Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität Berlin

Werner Zips, Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie, Universität Wien