SCS Postgraduate Conference Call for Papers

Call For Papers 2nd Annual Postgraduate Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies
Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies,
Goldsmiths College, University of London, Date: 22nd May 2017

The Society for Caribbean Studies Postgraduate Caribbean Network invites submissions of abstracts of not more than 250 words for research papers on the Hispanic, Francophone, Dutch and Anglophone Caribbean and their diasporas for this annual postgraduate conference. We welcome abstracts from postgraduates at various stages of their research, whose research concerns any aspect of Caribbean Studies. We also welcome proposals for complete panels, which should consist of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 4 presenters. Those selected for the conference will be invited to give a short presentation. Abstracts should be submitted along with a bio of not more than 150 words by 31st March 2017. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered.

We intend this to be an opportunity for delegates to share and receive feedback on their work in a friendly and informal setting.

In addition to paper panels, the conference intends to offer:

· A keynote address (TBA)
· A panel of experts in Caribbean studies sharing tips and personal experiences of building an academic career
· Refreshments, a lunch and a drinks reception to round off the day

This event is free to attend. It has been thought out in the spirit of last year’s inaugural postgraduate conference. As Caribbean postgraduates are often dispersed across departments and universities, this event hopes to offer delegates an opportunity to meet with others who share their interests and to discuss their work, fostering ties that will endure throughout their studies. Many postgraduates also felt that the postgraduate conference held last year had provided them with a unique experience that prepared them to present papers to the annual conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies (SCS) that took place later in the year. This year’s SCS conference will be at Essex University, 5th – 7th July 2017.

Please send abstracts of up to 250 words (in English) to
Ayshah Johnston: or Diana Josan:
by 31
st March 2017 with the subject heading “Caribbean Postgraduate Conference”. Please include your university affiliation, your email address and your bio of up to 150 words.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Ayshah Johnston (PhD candidate at Newcastle University)
Postgraduate Representative of the Society for Caribbean Studies
Diana Josan (PhD candidate at Goldsmiths College, University of London)
Postgraduate Representative of the Society for Caribbean Studies


Room 3.33, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Rd. BS8 1 RJ
This one-day postgraduate conference “Empires and Nations: Beyond the British
Case” will be held on 25 th April 2017 at the University of Bristol’s Faculty of Arts. It
aims to provide a friendly and constructive environment for scholarly debate.

The conference is open to MA, MPhil and PhD researchers.
The goal of the conference is to bring together postgraduate researchers working
on any topic related to the main theme of imperialism, preferably beyond the British
case. Due to the logical dominance of the British imperial past within the broader field
of Imperial, Colonial, Postcolonial, and Global History studies in the UK, the aim of
this conference is precisely to focus on other imperial and postcolonial experiences,
European as well as non-European, of the 19 th and 20 th centuries. By focusing the
conference on cases other than the British, we aim to foster debate with a broader and
more inclusive approach to the complex imperial pasts and colonial legacies of modern
societies. Thus, we strongly encourage the participation of researchers looking at European as well as non-European imperial experiences.
The core issue of discussion will include (though will not be limited to) the
interrelation and interaction between Empires and Nations in a broad sense. We
therefore welcome papers addressing topics such as nation-building in imperial
contexts, the impact of the imperial experience in the shaping of both colonizing and
colonized societies, the debate on citizenship and political belonging in imperial
scenarios, and the configuration of multinational empires, among other themes.
If you wish to present a paper please send a 250 word abstract for a twenty
minute paper by 3 March 2017 to Fernando J. Padilla ( and
Diego Repenning ( (For further information about attendance,
please contact us. A programme and registration information will be made available in