The Caribbean Studies Association Annual Conference, 2022 (CSA2022) will be hosted virtually by the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, from May 30 to June 3, 2022 under the theme: Reframing Caribbean Influences on Global Spaces: Critically Engaging Perspectives on Human Geography and Risks, Political Economy and Technology
President of the Caribbean Studies Association Professor Eris Schoburgh, who lectures in the Department of Government says this conference will showcase five days of plenaries, workshops and interactive panel discussions that aim to “challenge prevailing views about the role of the Caribbean in the design of solutions to achieve healthy societies and economies, and contribute to advancements in science and technology.” Professor Schoburgh, also emphasizes that CSA2022 is a call to action for the discourses to rise above the attractive and idyllic allure and archaic labels pinned to the Caribbean Basin.
Among the topics to be examined during the 5 day consultation are;
- Caribbean Extractivism: Histories, Legacies, Activist Practices
- Mapping Afro-Caribbean Spaces through Music, Spirituality & Literature
- Caribbean Dimensions of the Global Garvey Movement and Public Policy Implications for Today
- The Reparation Movement in the Americas: Where are we now?
The opening ceremony takes place on Monday May 30 with the keynote presentation being a conversation entitled “Beyond Plantocratic Geographies: Plotting Global Caribbean Futures” between Professor Emerita Carolyn Cooper and the Founding President of the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, DC Jamaican born Dr Claire Nelson.
The Caribbean Studies Association is potentially one of the most important vehicles for researching, analysing, and documenting the growing significant presence of populations of Caribbean descent in United States, Canada, and Europe. It provides the perfect venue for maintaining the intellectual and academic connections needed to study this growing phenomenon. Importantly it makes space for experiencing and evaluating creative expressions. In this respect, CSA is quite unique.
Founded in 1974 by 300 scholars who specialise in the study of the Caribbean, the Caribbean Studies Association now has over 1100 members.