[globaloutlookDH-l] Fwd: Call for Papers/Projects - The Caribbean Digital

Alex Gil colibri.alex at gmail.com
Tue Apr 1 12:41:37 MDT 2014

[apologies for the cross-posting]

An event that may be of interest to those working on Caribbean studies or
Caribbean related matters.

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From: Kaiama L. Glover <kglover at barnard.edu>
Date: Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Subject: Call for Papers/Projects - The Caribbean Digital
To: Kaiama Glover <kglover at barnard.edu>

Call for Papers/Projects

*The Caribbean Digital*

a s*mall axe* event

5 December 2014

Barnard College / Columbia University

New York, NY

Deadline for proposals: 1 June 2014

The transformation of the academy by the digital revolution presents
challenges to customary ways of learning, teaching, conducting research,
and presenting findings. It also offers great opportunities in each of
these areas. New media enable oration, graphics, objects, and even embodied
performance to supplement existing forms of scholarly production as well as
to constitute entirely original platforms. Textual artifacts have been
rendered literally and figuratively three-dimensional; opportunities for
interdisciplinary collaboration have expanded exponentially; information
has been made more accessible and research made more efficient on multiple
levels. Scholars are called upon, with some urgency, to adapt their
research and pedagogical methods to an academic climate deluged by a
superabundance of information and analysis. This has created opportunities
for open-ended and multiform engagements, interactive and continually
updating archives and other databases, cartographic applications that
enrich places with historical information, and online dialogues with peers
and the public.

The need for such engagements is especially immediate among the people of
the Caribbean and its diasporas. Information technology has become an
increasingly significant part of the way that people frame pressing social
problems and political aspirations. Aesthetic media like photography and
painting--because they are relatively inexpensive and do not rely on
literacy or formal training--have become popular among economically
dispossessed and politically marginalized constituencies. Moreover, the
Internet is analogous in important ways to the Caribbean itself as dynamic
and fluid cultural space: it is generated from disparate places and by
disparate peoples; it challenges fundamentally the geographical and
physical barriers that disrupt or disallow connection; and it places others
and elsewheres in relentless relation. Yet while we celebrate these
opportunities for connectedness, we also must make certain that the digital
realm undermine and confront rather than re-inscribe forms of silencing and
exclusion in the Caribbean.

In this unique one-day public forum we intend to engage critically with the
digital as practice and as historicized societal phenomenon, reflecting on
the challenges and opportunities presented by the media technologies that
evermore intensely reconfigure the social and geographic contours of the
Caribbean. We invite presentations that explicitly evoke:

   - the transatlantic, collaborative, and/or interdisciplinary
   possibilities and limitations of digital technologies in the Caribbean

   - metaphorical linkages between the digital and such Caribbean
   philosophical, ethical, and aesthetic concepts as "submarine unity," the
   rhizome, Relation, the spiral, repeating islands, creolization, etc.

   - gendered dimensions of the digital in the Caribbean

   - the connection between digital technologies and practices of the
   so-called Caribbean folk

   - specific engagements with digital spaces and/or theories by individual
   Caribbean artists and intellectuals

   - the ways in which digital technologies have impacted or shaped
   understandings of specific Caribbean political phenomena (e.g. sovereignty,
   reparations, transnationalism, migration, etc.)

   - structural means of facilitating broad engagement, communication, and
   accessibility in the Caribbean digital context (cultivation of multilingual
   spaces, attentiveness to the material/hardware limitations of various

Both traditional papers and integrally multimedia papers/presentations are
welcome. We also welcome virtual synchronous presentations by invited
participants who cannot travel to New York City to attend the event.
Selected proceedings from this forum will be published in the inaugural
issue (September 2015) of *sx:archipelagos *- an interactive, born-digital,
print-possible, peer-reviewed Small Axe Project publication.

Abstracts of 300 words and a short bio should be sent to Kaiama L. Glover
and Kelly Baker Josephs (archipelagos at smallaxe.net) by *1 June 2014*.
Successful applicants will be notified by 1 August 2014.


Kaiama L. Glover
Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies
Barnard College, Columbia University

*Haiti Unbound
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