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(Im)materiality, new archives and the Caribbean

Call for papers
This Call is for graduate students and early professionals.

Organizers :

Amalia S. Levi (BCDSS, Bonn)
Raphael Dohardt (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Teresa Göltl (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg/EHESS Paris)
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In the 15th century, the Caribbean archipelago was being integrated into a colonial contact zone of European Empires, i.e. a social space “where different cultures, meet, clash, and grapple with each other, often in highly asymmetrical relations of domination and subordination” (Pratt 1992 : 4). Since then, this area’s history, societies, and languages have been fundamentally (re)shaped by transatlantic connections with Europe and Africa. Furthermore, traces of the pre-Colombian societies and the exchange amongst them remain, despite the destruction inherent in the colonial encounter (cf. Jansen 2015). In light of this diverse, yet conflict-laden heritage, contemporary Caribbean societies (re)negotiate their identities in vivid debates. In regard to (trans)national reference points for the construction of identities, hegemonic (post)colonial narratives differ vastly amongst each other, particularly those by marginalised actors (e.g. Simmons 2009, García Peña 2016). These tensions in the interpretation of the shared history lead to three interrelated pertinent questions : Where does one find adequate access to information on recent and distant Caribbean history ? What is irretrievable ? How do different actors actualise this knowledge in societal and political discourses ?

Deadline : 20th of November 2023