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 – eighteen so far – have taken place in Germany, Austria, Holland, Belgium and Jamaica. The proceedings of all congresses have been published in a number of 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 March 2023

Head of committee

Sinah Kloß, Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, Universität Bonn


Deputy head of committee

Miriam Lay Brander, Fachgebiet Romanistik, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt


Corinna Di Stefano, Ethnologie und Kulturanthropologie, Universität Konstanz



Silke Jansen, Institut für Romanistik, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Public relations

Mario Laarmann, Fachrichtung Romanistik, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken