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Entrada seta Actividades seta 2010-2007 seta Colóquio Internacional ACT 22 - "Going Caribbean!"

Colóquio Internacional ACT 22 - "Going Caribbean!"

Organização: Centro de Estudos Comparatistas
Data: 2, 3 e 4 de Novembro de 2009
Local: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa

ACT 22
International Conference

Going Caribbean!
New Perspectives on Caribbean Literature and Art
Novas perspectivas sobre a literatura e a arte caribenhas
Nuevas perspectivas sobre la literatura y el arte caribeños
Nouvelles perspectives sur la littérature et l´art des Caraïbes
Nieuwe perspectieven op de Caribische literatuur en kunst

Centre for Comparative Studies.
University of Lisbon, November 2 – 4, 2009

In an age of intensifying globalization and interdependencies, «being Caribbean» means more than fashioning a particular identity. Being Caribbean refers to a complex, particular condition, which transcends regional boundaries. Who is Caribbean? And who is «going Caribbean»? Are we all Caribbean now because we live in «urban archipelagoes» (Clifford)?  Around the globe, cultural archipelagoes are quickly emerging as a result of the complex process of creolisation, which is taking place in regions and nations far beyond Martinique, Aruba or Jamaica.  In the heart of Europe, for instance, —something nobody would have thought of a few decades ago—where nations claim separate cultural identities, from Scotland to Cataluña and the Balkan.

In spite of this exciting and celebratory view of the Caribbean as the paradigm of creolisation, critics still lack a deeper understanding of the intra-Caribbean reality, for a simple reason: in approaching the Caribbean we have almost never crossed linguistic and national boundaries. Although there has been growing academic interest over the past few decades, Caribbean culture is usually studied according to the Nationality or Language: Cuban writers are part of Cuban or broader Spanish-American literature, Martinican novels belong to francophone or French literature, Dutch Antillean poetry is part of Dutch literature. Whatever the writers or artists´ background is, they are rarely seen as the protagonists of a common Caribbean cultural identity. As a result, important parts of Caribbean literature and art, especially the multilingual «Dutch» Caribbean where writers express themselves in many languages (not only in Dutch), remain largely unknown. How to resolve the problem of this critical «insularism» so often entrenched in Academic departments? Can we go beyond such a limited, artificial view on Caribbean culture?

This conference aims to open up new perspectives through the comparative study of Fiction and Art from the broader Francophone, Hispanic, Dutch, and Anglophone Caribbean as well as their respective Diasporas. A comparative perspective urges us to unveil hidden connections, influences and dialogues between Writers, Artists and Intellectuals. How can a Caribbean nation be imagined beyond geographical and linguistic boundaries? What are the convergences between authors and artists that at first have little in common, like, for instance, Caryl Phillips, the incisive writer from St. Kitts, and Frank Martinus Arion, from Curaçao, who three years ago was the focal point of the Dutch publishing industry's "Holland reads!" campaign? Is there a literary connection between Edwidge Danticat, one of the fascinating voices of the Haitian diaspora, and Patrick Chamoiseau, the Goncourt winning novelist from Martinique? Are the «Puerto Rican» paintings of Arnaldo Roche in dialogue with the Dutch Antillean work of José Maria Capricorne? Finally, how does a transnational, multilingual, perspective on their work shed light on current processes of creolisation inside and outside the Caribbean? Beyond the possibilities, what obstacles and objections persist in undertaking a comparative study of Caribbean culture? 

Keynote Speakers and Invited Writers (Confirmed):

  • Ineke Phaf-Reinberger (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
  • Kathleen Gyssels (University of Antwerp)
  • Aart G. Broek (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies)
  • Theo D´haen (Catholic University of Leuven)
  • Maarten van Delden (University of California, Los Angeles) 
  • Karin Amatmoekrim (Suriname/The Netherlands)
  • Cristiane Taubira (Guyane) 
  • Thomas Glave (Jamaica/USA)
  • Mimi Barthélémy (Haiti/France)

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Suggested topics for papers and sessions:

We welcome all comparative approaches to Caribbean Literature and Art in relation to the following areas and topics:

  • Representations of Caribbean Identity
  • Arts from the Caribbean Diaspora(s) and Exile
  • New Directions in Caribbean Studies
  • Influences on Dutch Caribbean Art and Literature
  • Translation of Caribbean literature (specially to Portuguese): problems and perspectives
  • Memory and Trauma
  • Visual Arts
  • Cultural Studies
  • Impact of circular migration on Caribbean culture
  • Caribbean Philosophy
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Cultural and Literary Reviews
  • Creolisation in the Caribbean in comparison to Cape Verde

New! Our new blog site is at: http://goingcaribbean.blogspot.com/
Please visit us there!

Abstract submission:

 Regular/Faculty (paper)  50€
 Students (paper)  30€
 Other/Audience (no paper)  10€


After the conference, the Centre for Comparative Studies will endeavour to publish a selection of thematically grouped papers.

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission of abstracts:  June 15th - extended deadline
Notification of abstract approval:  June 30

Practical information

at Lisbon

Arriving in Lisbon by air

After arriving at Lisbon airport, go to the main Arrivals Hall. There you find a Lisbon Tourist Office (running from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.) where you can get a map of the city and some basic information.

Lisbon airport is inside the city, so a regular taxi ride to the City Centre will cost you around € 15. We strongly recommend that you purchase a Taxi Voucher at the Tourism Information Counter in the airport's Arrivals Hall. Make sure you have your hotel address with you. Depending on the time of day, the ride to your hotel will take between 15 minutes (daytime, not too much traffic) and 35 minutes (rush hour).

If you prefer to take a bus, there are express-buses  at the Arrivals exit (called Aero-Bus and Aero-Shuttle) which run between the airport and the city center. The regular fare will be € 3. Buses  run every 20 minutes, from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.  Ask the person at the Airport’s Tourist Office (or the bus driver) to tell you where you should get off, by showing her/him the address of your hotel. You can also check now which of the express buses will stop at your hotel on this website. Besides the express-buses, there are also regular buses that serve Centre City.

Arriving in Lisbon by train

If you arrive by train, you will most probably get off at the modern station Gare do Oriente. From there, the best way to get to the city centre is taking the Underground.


Hotels list (These hotels do not provide any special conference rate)

Hotel Vip Executive Zurique (***) has an agreement with us. The hotel is conveniently located between the University and the city centre. The hotel offers 100 rooms at the following special conference rate (it will suffice to ask for the "CARIBBEAN CONFERENCE" rate).

      • Single room, Breakfast incl.           65.00 Euro / night
      • Double room, Breakfast incl.         70.00 Euro / night

In order to make a reservation at the special rate, participants should contact Hotel Zurique directly (see contact details below) as follows:
1. mention your participation in the CARIBBEAN CONFERENCE, University of Lisbon, in order to get the special rate.
2. Full Name
3. Check in/out dates
4. Approx. time of arrival

5. Credit card details in order to confirm your reservation
Contact information:

Rua Ivone Silva nº 18
1050 - 124 Lisbon, Portugal
Tel: + 351 21 7814000
Fax: + 351 21 7814101

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Web Site: http://www.viphotels.com/

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We look forwarding to welcoming you in Lisbon!

Warm regards,

The Organizers of ACT 22 – Going Caribbean!


Directions to the Faculdade de Letras

The Conference will take place at Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa (FLUL), which is in Cidade Universitária, the UNIVERSITY CAMPUS and also the name of the university´s Underground station (Yellow Line).

When arriving by Underground, get off at Cidade Universitária and please take the tunnel way out (not the stairs way out). After getting out of that tunnel, do not cross but go straight ahead with the main building of the University – Reitoria - on your left on the other side of the road. When you reach the end of Reitoria, turn left at the zebra crossing. The Faculdade de Letras will be in front of you.

(View GOOGLE MAP: University of Lisbon, Faculdade de Letras)

Some Facts About the University of Lisbon:

The University of Lisbon, whose origins go back to the second half of the 13th century, is one of the largest and most renowned Portuguese universities. Its statutes declare as main goals the creation, transmission and diffusion of science, culture and knowledge at the highest level.

The University of Lisbon enrols about 20,000 students and its teaching and non-teaching staff amounts to around 2,800 people.

Undergraduate and graduate programmes are offered in several branches in eight faculties (Faculty of Letters, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Psychology and Education, Faculty of Dentistry and Faculty of Fine Arts).

Research is carried out in laboratories, institutes and research centres in connection with public and private sectors. The University of Lisbon participates in EC programmes, bilateral international programmes and in inter-institutional projects.

Three new universities were created by a Decree-Law in 1911: the universities of Coimbra, Oporto and Lisbon. This law considered the University of Coimbra to be reformed, whilst the other two were considered to be new. The introduction to the Decree-Law neglected to mention the fact that most of the first phase of the Portuguese university system (1288-1290 and 1537) took place in Lisbon. The University of Lisbon was founded on its now oldest faculties: Letters, Law and Medicine.

In spite of the ex novo creation, the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon followed up the project of the Curso Superior de Letras which had been created by the king, D. Pedro V, in 1859 and subsequently twice reorganised in 1878 and 1901.

Throughout its history and several syllabus revisions (the most important of which occurred in 1957), the Faculty of Letters of Lisbon has developed important work at both the scientific and pedagogic level, focusing on large areas of knowledge, such as Classical Studies, Geography, Literary Studies, History, Philosophy and, up to the 80s, Psychology.

The Faculty offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses (including MA and PhD courses), as well as free courses in several areas, such as Portuguese as a Foreign Language.

The Faculty houses several research centres, since 1933 has published a journal entitled Revista da Faculdade de Letras, and several other journals of a more specialised nature, produced by the different departments and institutes.

Tourist information:


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