Other Annoucements

1. The NGC Bocas Lit Fest, based in Trinidad and Tobago, is an annual celebration of books, writing, and writers. The fourth annual NGC Bocas Lit Fest will run from 23 to 27 April, 2014.​


2. The 16th Annual SALISES Conference, Celebrated as The W Arthur Lewis Centennial, January 14-16, 2015 in St Lucia under theme: Towards Caribbean Prosperity and Happiness in an Equitable and Sustainable World. Details on venue, accommodation, registration and the submission of proposed papers and panels will be posted to the Conference


The sub-themes of the conference seek to capture the main topics covered in Lewis’s work, the concerns raised by his critics, and the contemporary issues to which scholars believe his work can be applied. The conference will explore subjects of global significance as well as those of particular interest to the Caribbean. In celebrating Lewis’s work and envisioning new Caribbean futures, the multifaceted risks confronting the world require that this centennial conference be a forward looking one. What new ideas, strategies, theories, policies and technologies are needed to build upon the Lewis’ legacy, and bring the Caribbean region and the developing countries as a whole into an era of enhanced prosperity and happiness? What are the new questions to be asked arising out of a study of the global political economy, and popular cultures that might support such a vision? What steps are urgently needed to redress questions of inequality on a global scale? Through what philosophical, political, and cultural lens should the issues of transformation be addressed? In keeping with Lewis’s scholarship, well exemplified in his Theory of Economic Growth (1955), the conference will be interdisciplinary and aims to continue the dialogue in which he was engaged. We welcome panels and papers from all fields associated with the Social Sciences, Agriculture, Education and the Humanities, Engineering, Law, the Life, Medical and Physical Science as well as the full range of interdisciplinary studies.

Deadlines for Submission and Notification:

Submission of Abstracts for Papers July 31, 2014
Submission of Panel Proposals July 31, 2014
Notification of selection August 20, 2014
Submission of Full Paper November 30, 2014
Abstracts of papers should be of no more than 200 words and must be accompanied by a brief biography of no more than 125 words, along with the affiliation of the author(s). Proposals from students are particularly welcomed and bursaries will be available to support the attendance of selected Caribbean students.

Universal Sub-Themes

Evaluating the Nature and Relevance of Lewis’s Vision, Methodology, Analyses and Policy Proposals
Exploring Lewis’s Ideas as a Resource to Address Contemporary Global Challenges
Repositioning Social Sciences and Other Academic Disciplines for Greater Impact on Development
Achieving Social Cohesion and Good Government as a Prerequisite for Sustainable Development
Examining the Role of Culture, Identity and Aesthetics in Development
Achieving Equitable Developing Country Participation in the Global Political Economy
Overcoming Racial Discrimination and Racially Based Inequalities
Enhancing Social Equality for Greater Participation of Men and Women in Development
Assessing Models of Higher Education for the 21st Century
2015 CFP – Coming soon!

CFP 2014: “Language Speaks US”

The College English Association—Caribbean Chapter welcomes proposals for presentations in English (20-minute papers) for our 2014 conference, which will be held at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, on 14-15 March 2014. The title is “Language Speaks Us” and the topic is Language(s) and Identity. This event will be an opportunity to discuss the ways in which texts are conceived, nurtured and produced, and received by the public, in both historical and contemporary contexts. “Text” is to be interpreted broadly and comprises literature, nonfiction, essays, advertisements, maps, architecture, music, film, poetry, tweets, visual and performing arts, scientific studies, facebook posts, SMS and IMs, and many other tracts. Conference papers will be considered for publication in a volume of essays.

CEA-CC IS NO LONGER RECEIVING SUBMISSIONS FOR 2014. On a rolling basis, we welcome abstracts in Humanistic/Social Science fields and subdisciplines, as individual papers or panels of 2-4 scholars. Submit abstracts of 100-200 words in the body of an e-mail message (not an attachment) by 30 September 2013 to cea.cc.conference@gmail.com.  CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS.
Papers may investigate the cultural, social, and political interactions of the humanities, social sciences, and technology, as they relate to the production of texts that involve how language is used as purveyor of cultural value. We welcome papers in English that use transnational, linguistic, psychoanalytical, postcolonial, pedagogical, and other scholarly approaches, including translation and textual dissemination of traditional and digital media, publishing/circulation, and the History of the Book.
See: Information on the Conference Venue.
Identity and language are flexible concepts. They can be interrelated or independent, depending upon time and place. How we perceive ourselves changes with our use of language, which can be particularly multiform in multilingual spaces. Language can be codified in an array of forms, and these texts are often identificational symbols of our senses of being. How do writers (filmmakers, publishers, and others who disseminate texts) use language as a purveyor of identity? What are the intended outcomes? What sociohistoric events have facilitated the recent proliferation of multilingual print-culture? How are values, community limits, and cultural citizenships, constructed and disseminated through the language of advertising, novels, music, or films? How are phenomena like migration, Diaspora, and colonialism constructed through the use of language codified into text? How does (multi)language use shape the identity and characterization of communities? How do monolingual individuals navigate multilingual environments (and multilinguals, monolingual surroundings)? What political shifts have shaped the popular treatment of language? What outcomes are considered when commercial-texts employ new forms of language, or several languages, in print? How are social positions established through the language codified in news, scientific studies, and empirical texts? How have social media dealt with identity in multilingual societies?

Conference presenters are required to become members of the Caribbean Chapter of the College English Association. Conference registration and lunch is included in the membership fee. For more information, please visit:

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