The Caribbean Studies Association is a professional organization of scholars, activists, artists, writers, cultural practitioners, and consultants. Annually, it holds a conference in the region that typically draws over 500 participants. This year the conference will be held in Le Gosier, Guadeloupe.
Over the course of five days, we expect over 500 participants who will attend over 160 panels and roundtables centered around the conference theme "Unpacking Caribbean Citizenship(s): Rights, Participation and Belonging." Université des Antilles et de la Guyane professor, writer Roger Toumson will deliver the keynote address on the opening night Monday. Presidential plenaries will focus on Guadeloupe, gender and citizenship, social inclusion and Haiti. Invited plenary participants include George Arnaud, Eudine Barriteau, Camille Chalmers, Anna Irma Rivera Larsen, Michele Pierre Louis, Brian Meeks, Aaron Gamaliel Ramos, Mimi Sheller, Deborah Thomas and several others. In addition to presentations by Guadeloupe based artists, literary salon hours with Evelyne Trouillot and writers, we will also screen several films including documentaries "The Amerindians" by Tracy Aussing; Cuban Hiphop All Stars by Joshua bee alafia; "Forward Home" produced by Keith Nurse; and Frantz Voltaire's Port-au-Prince is mine among others. As is customary at the annual conference, there will be a book launch of recently published works by CSA members as announcement of winners of the Best Dissertation and George Priestly (graduate paper) awards.