Saturday, 20 August 2011

Short Conference Papers

Short versions of the conference papers have been received.

These will be uploaded onto the conference website fairly soon.

Friday, 10 June 2011

M. NourbeSe Philip: Archive and Memory, Law and Poetry 24 June, 2011

M. NourbeSe Philip
The Memory of Water in the Silence of History

Friday 24 June 2011, 5pm – 7pm
Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre
Whitehead Building
Goldsmiths, University of London, SE14 6NW

Poet and author, M. NourbeSe Philip is a guest
at the 6th International Caribbean Women’s Writing

NourbeSe will speak about connections, both personal
and objective, between law and poetry and how these
led her to the “un/writing” and (re) righting of ZONG!

Refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP to

Hosted by the Centre for Caribbean Studies,
Department of English and Comparative Literature
and the Graduate School

Wednesday, 11 May 2011


Welcome to our blog on the 6th International Caribbean Women's Writing Conference. The theme of this year's Conference is Comparative Critical Conversations.

Caribbean Women’s Literature as a body of work has become rooted in the region and across the diaspora. As a result, critics and teachers engaged in discovering, interpreting and disseminating the study of the texts have sought and found various discursive spaces from which to explore its distinctive aesthetics and particular complexities. The resulting transition from silence and absence to differentiated presence has opened a range of questions which this conference wishes to address. Centrally, we ask: how might the readings of Caribbean Women’s literature, alongside other ‘minority’ and ‘canonical’ texts within given national literatures produce perspectives that might re-invigorate as well as re-address contemporary critical processes?

‘Comparative Critical Conversations’ is an international 2-day conference to be held at Goldsmiths, University of London on 24th and 25th June 2011. It aims to reconfigure methodologies through comparative responses to the literature in a bid to further understand the deep and complex relations between texts that derive from a culture variously described as mimetic, hybrid, fragmented, syncretic and so on.

Guest Writer: M NourbeSe Philip
Keynote Speaker: Professor Maria Helena Lima

Affect and Creole Poetics
Female Subjectivity & Gender Relations
Auto-theorising Texts
Our Americas, Our Histories
Writing our Americas
Creolisation and Diaspora
Writing the Postnational/Transnational
History/ Trauma and Literary Imagination
Poet’s World/ Poetic Performance
Creole Versions
Spoken Word/ Form/ Poetics
Intersections and Methodologies

To register for the conference please download a registration form