The Australian Association for Caribbean Studies 2019 Conference
7-9 February 2019
Female Orphan School, Parramatta South Campus
Western Sydney University
Alexis Wright (University of Melbourne)
Michael Bucknor (University of the West Indies)
Anna Cristina Pertierra (Western Sydney University)
Raphael Dalleo (Bucknell)
The next biennial Australian Association for Caribbean Studies conferences will be held at Western Sydney University in conjunction with the Australian Research Council funded project Other Worlds. Our theme, Caribbean Meridians, spotlights the ways in which Caribbean worlds are made and the relations and alignments these worlds have with worlds elsewhere. (Please note: proposed papers are not required to address the theme; all topics within Caribbean studies will be considered.)
The conference will feature Alexis Wright from the Waanyi nation of the Gulf of Carpentaria, who will discuss the influence of Caribbean writing on her work, and particularly that of the Martinican writer Patrick Chamoiseau.* Our other keynote presenters Michael Bucknor, Anna Cristina Pertierra, and Raphael Dalleo will trace meridian lines that extend from the Caribbean across the world, considering, respectively, the transnational literary world of the Caribbean diaspora, the ways in which the study of transatlantic media and digital technologies can inform thinking in the transpacific world, and the Communist International as a transnational site, particularly as it connected Harlem and Moscow, and sprawling out to Germany, France, London and back into the Caribbean.
*Patrick Chamoiseau was to have attended the conference to discuss his work directly with Wright but unfortunately he has had to cancel his trip owing to illness.
The theme for the conference stems from the same impetus as the broader project of thinking about ‘Other Worlds’; that is, worlds that sit obliquely to, or otherwise escape determination by the main routes of power in a globalised world. The concept of the ‘meridian’ is chosen to encourage presenters to think about the lines of connection that spread from the Caribbean. These encompass the Atlantic world but they also extend across the Western hemisphere and the Pacific to Asia, Oceania, and beyond. ‘Caribbean meridians’ encourage us to look for unusual, perhaps unexpected lines of connection or relation such as those that have spread south to Australia (‘meridian’ once meant ‘south’), as well as ‘South-South’ relations where ‘South’ refers to the ‘global South’. The idea of the meridian also reflects back on the Caribbean, which is criss-crossed with intra-regional connections that can escape scholarly notice.
We will also think about the ways in which the term ‘Caribbean’ affects the term ‘meridian’. How do Caribbean perspectives inflect and alter conceptions of time, space, and/or world? How have the peoples of the Caribbean imagined the world and the kinds of connections and affiliations that bind it?
Please click on the link above to download the full conference CFP. The deadline for abstracts is September 30, 2018. All inquiries to aacsconf2019(at)gmail.com or Ben Etherington (b.etherington(at)westernsydney.edu.au).
The complete program for Caribbean Meridians is now available.
Download the AACS 2019 Program
Please note that session times and the arrangement of panels have changed since the draft iteration of the program.
Registration is now open (online only). The early bird rate for the conference (available before 20 December 2018) is $150/$104 (salaried/postgraduate & unsalaried). The full rate (from 21 December 2018) is $180/$125.
Travel and Accommodation
The conference will be held at the Female Orphan School (building EZ) on the Parramatta South campus of Western Sydney University.
A free shuttle bus from central Parramatta to the Campus runs every 15 minutes. For details on the shuttle bus select the ‘Parramatta Campus’ in the sub-menu here. This map details how to get to the shuttle stop from Parramatta station. (Note: details on frequency of the shuttle change from time to time, so please check the website before making your way to campus.) Please ensure that you disembark from the shuttle at Parramatta South, not Parramatta North. For further travel options, select the ‘Parramatta’ option on this page. If driving to the conference please inform Melinda Jewell (email@example.com) and she will organise to provide you with scratch and display parking tickets on arrival.
We strongly recommend staying in central Parramatta during the conference. Parramatta is 20km west of central Sydney. The train from Central typically takes 30 minutes (sometimes longer on weekends), and it can be take up to a further 30 minutes to get to campus. We have listed a number of accommodation options in central Parramatta as well as travel information from each of those options in the following document:
The conference dinner will be held at Sahra by the River on Friday February 8. Payment and dietary requirements for the dinner will be processed through the conference registration page.