Workshop: «Ethnicity, Race and Gender in the Caribbean»

Workshop for Junior Scholars at the Latin American Institue at Freie Universität Berlin

February 15th, 2013, 9.00 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.

Lateinamerika Institut, Freie Universität Berlin

Rüdesheimer Str. 54-56, 14197 Berlin, Room 201

Organized by Birte Timm and Claudia Rauhut

Public Event with Campbell X and Rochelle Rowe

No where no betta dan yard?

Negotiating Jamaican Identities and Sexualities between Jamaica and the Diaspora

Date: Wednesday January 30, 2013
Start: 6.30 pm
Location: Heidelberg University, ehemaliger Senatsaal, 2. OG, Grabengasse 3-5 (Neue

Jamaican popular culture and literature are key sites for the representation and dissemination of Jamaican cultural identity, being located at the intersection of raceclassgender and sexuality. These identity concepts not only transmit a national self-confidence, which we find embodied in the international success of Jamaican athletes and artists, or expressed in the Jamaican proverb “we likkle but we tallawah”. They also need to be read as an empowerment of the young nation’s citizens, who were celebrating their 50th anniversary of independence from Great Britain in 2012, but who are still struggling with the disastrous consequences of colonialism and neoliberal capitalism. Colonial discourses, hegemonies and related power structures on the one hand, and, on the other, subversive popular cultural and literary practices are thus parts of Jamaican cultural identity.

Migration between Jamaica, North America and Great Britain, especially since the second half of the 20th century, has contributed to a seeming dissolution of traditional static concepts of the nation-state and national identity. Along with that constituent elements of Jamaican cultural identity are subject to ongoing transformation, which are now increasingly negotiated between the Caribbean home and the diaspora in North America.

In the workshop, film director Campbell X (London) and historian Rochelle Rowe (Berlin) will be discussing ideas on how collective identities have been constructed and reinforced since Jamaica’s state formation in 1962. Furthermore, they will explore how beauty contests, film and popular cultural practices have (at times) challenged existing power relations and established alternative concepts. Here, the discussion will focus on the de-/construction of the elite hegemony of the “creole multi-racial state”, which is based on, e.g., heteronormativity, racialized visions of femininity, and a nationalism that conforms to upper- and middle-class needs. Migration along with the related cultural, economic, and social exchange processes have not only destabilized these pillars, but also increased the autonomy of once marginalized groups such as the Black working class, women, homo-, bi-, inter-, and transsexuals.


Wiebke Beushausen and Patrick Helberg (Junior Research Group «From the Caribbean to North America and Back: Processes of Transculturation in Literature, Popular Culture and the New Media») 

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SOCARE – Juniorresearch Workshop 23-25 January 2013

Crossing Thresholds: Decoloniality and Gender in Caribbean Knowledge

The interdisciplinary research conference focuses, through a perspective of decolonial knowledge circulation and theorizing, on gender issues in the Caribbean region.
Junior researchers should thus be given an opportunity to present their own research projects on gender-related issues, topics and trends in the Caribbean region, to meet and discuss at international level.

Conference languages: English, French, Spanish
Date: 23.01 – 25.01.2013
Vanue: Leibniz Universität Hannover – Department of Romance Studies

Königsworther Platz 1, 30167 Hannover


Unusual actors: Forms and effects on the informal in the Caribbean

What is the role of informal institutions in the evolution of the economic, political and social aspects of Caribbean basin? Diacronie will analyze the economic and social development of the area, focusing on the role played by informal actors, namely the ones moving between legality and illegality, that were able (or are able) to give the individual (no matter if a customer, consumer or merchant) what the laws prohibit…

What is the role of informal institutions in the evolution of the economic, political and social aspects of Caribbean basin? Diacronie will analyze the economic and social development of the area, focusing on the role played by informal actors, namely the ones moving between legality and illegality, that were able (or are able) to give the individual (no matter if a customer, consumer or merchant) what the laws prohibit. The objective is to examine both contemporary phenomena and phenomena which, although related to the early modern age, have generated long-term consequences in the history of the regions related to it. In fact, books such as Sanjay Subrahmanyam’s European commercial expansion in early modern Asia (Variorum, Aldershot-Brookfield 1996), Wim Klooster’s Illicit Riches (KITLV, Leiden 1998),  Alan Karras’s Smuggling (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Lanham 2010)and Linda Rupert’s Creolization and Contraband (University of Georgia Press, Athens 2012), that analyze ultra secular phenomena, demonstrated the existing continuity between economic and social, transnational and transcultural events. In these studies, the informal actor (the pirate, the smuggler, the drug trafficker) acquires an active role in socio-economic development of the colonial and post-colonial society to which it belongs, leaving a lasting impression on its evolution.

We will deal with commercial networks, around which economic and social phenomena are produced, such as smuggling, piracy or drug trafficking, in different shapes and sizes, in a region – the Caribbean – characterized by a deep interpenetration between informal and formal institutions, often complementary to each other.

Following the wake of contributions from the recent publications related to the economic and social history of the region, from Peter Coclanis’s The Atlantic Economy during  the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (University of South Carolina Press, Columbia 2005) to Tom Farer’s Transnational crime in the Americas: an inter-American dialogue book (Routledge, New York 1999), this approach involves modern and contemporary historians in analyzing these phenomena, in order to examine the role of informality in different periods in which key economic and political institutions emerged and consolidated in this area.

The CFP is therefore addressed in particular to research that deal with:
– Creation of informal economic networks, and their impact on local societies;
– Smuggling, piracy and drug trafficking, from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century: forms and structures;
– Informal actors in the region: origin and development;
– Informal networks as transcultural challenge or complementary mechanism to the systems and national monopoly.
– Informal groups’ role and socio-economic importance in the Central American-Caribbean basin communities, and in the areas connected to it through trade.

How to send an article
The authors interestedin this CFP can submit their article in Italian, English, French or Spanish (30.000-40.000 characters, including spaces, footnotes and bibliographies) at redazione.diacronie[at] Please refer to at: for style and templates requirements. Please notify as soon as possible, by contacting the editors, of your intention to participate with an article. The deadline for the proposal abstract (1.500 characters) is 30th November 2012. Final submission must be sent by 15th February 2013.

Thank you in advance for your interest in the project!

Giovanni Venegoni
Università di Bologna
Université Paris-Sorbonne

CfP: Ethnicity, Race and Gender in the Caribbean

Call for Papers: Ethnicity, Race and Gender in the Caribbean  Workshop for Junior Scholars at the Latin-American Institute

Free University of Berlin, February 15th, 2013.

The deadline for submissions is December 15th, 2012, please send in your proposal (max. 250 words) and a short bio note to Birte Timm (

Call: «istmo»

Online-Zeitschrift istmo „Rutas transterritoriales de las culturas caribeñas contemporáneas”

Für die Nummer 25 (Januar-Juni 2013) der Online-Fachzeitschrift Istmo. Revista virtual de estudios literarios y culturales centroamericanos ist ein Dossier zum Thema ”Rutas transterritoriales de las culturas caribeñas contemporáneas” geplant. In diesem Zusammenhang werden noch entsprechende englisch- und spanischsprachige Beiträge (Artikel, Aufsätze, Interviews) vor allem aus dem literatur- und kulturwissenschaftlichen Umfeld der Nachwuchsforschung gesucht.

Die Artikel sollten ein Minimum von 10 Seiten (inkl. Bibliographie und Fußnoten bei einem doppelten Zeilenabstand und einer Schriftgröße von 12 Pt. Times New Roman) nicht unterschreiten. Genaue Formatierungskriterien sind einsehbar unter
Geeignete Texte können bis zum 1. Dezember 2012 bei der Koordinatorin des Dossiers Martina Urioste-Buschmann unter eingereicht werden

Call: CALACS, Ottawa, May 2013



May 03-05, 2013






May 03-05, 2013

Canada’s role in the Americas has waxed and has been a very reluctant one for many years over many years. Over the last several years, however, Canada’s presence in the region has increased substantially, and the Canadian government has identified the Americas as a strategic priority in its design of foreign policy. Investment and trade flows have increased, and the growing presence of Canadian resource extraction companies has led to new controversies. The decline of the United States’ role in much of the region may leave more space for creative and productive contributions by Canada. At the same time, the Latin American and Caribbean presence in Canada has increased as well, as immigration and diaspora communities, contacts between indigenous groups, environmental flows, academic exchanges, investment, trade, culture, and ideas. These encounters may be cooperative and productive, or they may be conflictive.

The objective of this CALACS Congress is to reflect on the legacy of interactions between Canada and the other nations and peoples of the Americas. What role has Canada played in the region, and what role should it play in coming years? Who are the actors involved in processes of communication and dialogue? What has been the impact on both sides of trade and investment agreements, as well as other types of exchanges, such as the scientific, technical and cultural? In keeping with CALACS’ mission, it is expected that this Congress will contribute to disseminating and mobilizing knowledge of Latin America and the Caribbean and their diasporas through networks and partnerships in Canada and abroad. We also expect that it will contribute to the understanding of the cultural, political, social, and economic web of interactions that bring Canada, Latin America and Caribbean peoples together.

The Congress will highlight innovative research on Latin America and the Caribbean occurring both within Canada and more broadly across the hemisphere. In 2013, the CALACS Congress will overlap with the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS), which will also be held at Carleton. On Friday May 3rd, special events will be organized jointly by CALACS and CAAS to discuss the current situation in Haiti, and Canada’s presence in this country, as well as the Haitian presence in Canada. We encourage submissions that promote scholarly collaboration between Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

The location within Canada’s capital region presents an exciting opportunity to bring together researchers with non-governmental, federal-government and embassy representatives.

In keeping with the multi- and inter-disciplinary spirit of the Congress, we strongly encourage submissions from scholars from all disciplines, as well as people working in all practical fields and sectors, including visual artists. We especially encourage submissions from scholars and other participants from Latin America and the Caribbean. We welcome submissions in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

The CALACS 2013 Congress will take place at Carleton but is organized by a multi-disciplinary committee from Carleton University, Université du Québec en Outaouais, University of Ottawa, Brock University, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and the Writer’s Festival of Ottawa.

Selected presentations will be organized in the following program tracks:

Canada and the Americas

South-South Convergences

Migration and Diasporas

International Development and Alternatives to Development

Indigenous and Afro-descendents

Gender and Sexualities

Youth in the Americas

Health, Education and Social Policy

Corporate Social Responsibility

Environment, Biodiversity and Resource Extraction

Politics, Citizenship and Human Rights

Latin America and the Caribbean in the World

Culture and the Arts in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Social Movements and Civil Society

Classes and Class Mobility

Memory, History and Making History

Security, Peace and Conflict

Note: Submissions outside these program tracks are accepted.


Forms to be downloaded from the website

For individual submissions

submit form by November 15, 2012 to

For Panel/Roundtable/Workshop/Poster Submissions

We welcome proposals of three to four papers for panels (plus chair and/or discussant), and up to five participants for roundtables and workshops (plus a facilitator). Posters may be by a single-researcher and/or a research team. Submit form by November 15, 2012 to

Participating via Virtual Platforms

Instructions about participation will be posted on the website.


We will review submissions and applicants will receive confirmation by January 15th, 2013.


Funding for participating in the Congress is limited; only graduate students may apply. Criteria and deadline for applications for funding will be announced on the Website on January 15th, 2013.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for funding at their own institutions.

Please note: All presenters must be members of CALACS and be registered in order to participate in the Congress. For more information about membership fees and payments go to the Website:

For questions and enquires please contact:

Frankfurt: Jamaica Film Festival – 26. – 28. Okt. 2012

Jamaika feiert in diesem Jahr seine 50jährige Unabhängigkeit.

Aus diesem Anlass organisiert die Deutsch-Jamaikanische Gesellschaft ein «Jamaica Film Festival» vom 26. – 28.Okt. 2012 in Frankfurt.
Link zum Veranstalter

CfP: Association of Caribbean History conference May 2012

Asociación de Historiadores del Caribe plazo de solicitud conferencia es
de cuatro semanas!

CONVOCATORIA DE PROPUESTAS–por 01 de octubre 2012

La 45° Conferencia Anual de la Asociación de Historiadores del Caribe se
celebrará en Ambergris Caye, Belize; desde el domingo 12 hasta el viernes
17 de Mayo del 2013.

La información sobre cómo proponer ya sea un trabajo individual o un panel,
(junto a los formularios para cada uno) están publicados en la página web
de la ACH; ver la sección «Annual
Meeting»). Tuvimos un número récord de nuevos presentadores en la
conferencia de Curaçao del 2012, una tendencia que esperamos continúe.

Más información acerca de los temas de la conferencia propuestos y las
convocatorias para los premios ACH (incluyendo el premio Elsa Goveia y la
Beca de viajes Gould-Saunders Memorial) aparecen en el sitio web en «Prizes
and Fellowships.»

Mientras tanto, le rogamos considerar unirse a nosotros en Belize para el
2013 y recuerde que todas las propuestas se deben enviar a la Secretaría –
Tesorería de la ACH hasta el 1 de Octubre del 2012.


Michelle Craig McDonald, Secretario-Tesorero
Asociación de Historiadores del Caribe

Heidelberg – Conference Caribbean Food Cultures

Caribbean Food Cultures: Representations and Performances of Eating, Drinking and Consumption in the Caribbean and Its Diasporas

28th to 29th September 2012 at the University of Heidelberg, Germany

Confirmed Keynote Speakers are:
Professor Rita de Maeseneer (Antwerp) “The Aesthetics of Hunger and the Special Period in Cuba”
Professor Fabio Parasecoli (New York) “Representations of Caribbean Food in US Popular Culture”


In the Caribbean, food and drinks as products and as acts or performances play a crucial role in various areas of human behavior and interaction: for the self-preservation of the body, as ethnic, religious and national identity markers, in the context of local and global commercial relationships, or regarding the fair allocation of food and relations of production. These biological, social, economic, historical and ethnic dimensions have taken a special turn in the Caribbean – a region that has been heavily influenced by migration. Thus, on the one hand, colonizers, slaves, contract workers, privateers and refugees were components of specific historical relations of production and trade. On the other hand, these different groups of people brought along social, cultural and economic practices related to food, consumer and luxury goods, which were subject to change and (or) hybridization. In the course of decolonization, emigration and tourism these goods and food, in turn, are being re-imported into the former European “motherlands” and North America.

The aim of this conference is to explore acts or performances that are related to the production, consumption and the symbolism of food and nutrition in the Caribbean and its diasporas from the perspectives of cultural, social and behavioral sciences. Particular attention will be paid to contemporary and transnational perspectives. These, for example, can be concerned with the social or religious significance of food, abstinence, rituals of exchange and preparation as well as the exchange of culinary traditions and ingredients on the internet. Of further interest are national and transnational representation practices of eating and drinking in literature, popular culture and new media, such as the advertisement of Caribbean products in the region and the diasporas and the symbolic or metaphorical usage of “ethnic food” and its consumption in narrative literature and song lyrics.

Conference Venue:

Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg (IWH), Hauptstraße 242

Please contact if you would like to participate.

Organizers: Junior Research Group “From the Caribbean to North America and Back”, Transcultural Studies, University of Heidelberg

For further information visit:

A detailed program will be available soon.