Open Call: Contemporary Caribbean Visual Cultures Conference

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CALL FOR PAPERS (Deadline May 30th 2015)
Contemporary Caribbean Visual Culture Conference: Envisioning the Futures of Emancipation and the Emancipation of Futures

This conference aims to rethink the continuities and discontinuities between past and future projects of emancipation.  Our preliminary hypothesis is that the processes of otherness, differentiation, (dis) identification and silencing linked to emancipative and decolonial projects cannot be conceived as closed events, nor are they attached to any self-evident materialization. On the contrary, their consequences and possibilities have to be tracked in different registers articulated through divergent temporal and spatial configurations, allowing conflictive public and private agencies and expressions. Additionally, the emancipative projects arising at the end of colonialism contemplated a vision of the future, an image that implied not only a new sociopolitical and racial distribution, but also a new corpus of representations of self and others and a variety of agendas that were intended to materialize these images.

In what way have decolonial images survived in our present? What are the visual fractures existing within the historical and political processes of decolonization taking place in the Caribbean? What lessons can decolonial imaginaries teach to contemporary emancipative initiatives? Can we obtain a different understanding of the past, the present and the futures of emancipation by looking at the images generated by those processes?

This conference continues the debates that arose in the International Conference “Contemporary Caribbean Visual Culture: Artistic Visions of Global Citizenship”, held in June 2014 in Birmingham (UK). In order to do that, it seeks to foster interdisciplinary debates on contemporary Caribbean and Atlantic visual culture. We welcome papers and panel proposals focusing on issues such as:

  • The visual registers of decolonization and otherness
  • The cinema(s) of emancipation
  • Literary approaches to emancipation(s) and future(s)
  • Emancipation and critical theory
  • Cooperative projects, development and emancipation
  • Gendered and racialized visions of emancipation
  • Visual archives of emancipation/the emancipation of the archive
  • The future of emancipation
  • Spaces and times of decolonial experiences
  • Individual and collective visions of emancipation

Individual abstracts (200 words maximum) and panel proposals (800 words maximum) should be sent to by May 30th 2015. Please use also this email address for any query concerning this event.

All the proposals will be peer reviewed. The final decision of the Scientific Committee will be notified within a month after the reception of the proposal.




Suely Rolnik (Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Suely Rolnik is a cultural critic, curator, psychoanalyst and full professor at the Universidade Católica de São Paulo, where she conducts a transdisciplinary doctoral program on contemporary subjectivity. Within the framework of her professional career Suely Rolnik has been concerned primarily with the work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, whose findings she has introduced to psychoanalytic practice in Brazil.

She is co-author with Félix Guattari of “Micropolítica. Cartografias do desejo” (1986) which the 7th revised edition (2005) is published in Spain (Traficantes de Sueños, 2006) and forthcoming in six other countries, among them the USA (Semiotexte/MIT, 2006) and France (Seuil, 2007).

She has also worked as a translator and published a series of essays on contemporary Brazilian art. Guest editor of the Spanish art magazine Zehar (no. 51, 2003) and of the Canadian magazine Parachute (no. 11, 2004). Author of a research project about Lygia Clark, in which she realized 63 films of interviews, object of the exhibition she curated and the catalogue she edited with C. Diserens: “Nous sommes le moule. A vous de donner le souffle. Lygia Clark, de l’œuvre à l’événement”, at the Musée de Beaux-arts de Nantes (Nantes, 2005) and the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (São Paulo, 2006). Among her translations into Portuguese: Deleuze and Guattari’s Thousand Plateaus (vol. III/IV). She has published numerous essays in books, journals and art catalogues in Europe and the Americas, and has lectured widely. She lives in Brazil where she has a private practice in psychoanalysis. 


Manuela Ribeiro Sanches (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)

Manuela Ribeiro Sanches is a senior lecturer (Professora Auxiliar com Agregação) at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon, where she teaches a diverse range of disciplines through a cultural studies approach in undergraduate and graduate courses. Her research interests are: theories of anti-colonialism, questions of multiculturalism and migration, visual culture, in general, and African film and from the African diaspora, in particular. She has also worked at the cusp of various disciplines and fields through her interest in travel literature, namely: history of anthropology, racial theories and political thought during the Enlightenment up to the period of the French Revolution.


She has held lecturing appointments at Indiana University, Bloomington, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Maumaus Visual Arts School, Lisbon. She was a resident scholar at the Center for Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, at the Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and at the Institute of African American Affairs, New York University.


She is responsible for the scientific coordination of the website Artafrica, the outcome of a project launched in 2001 by the Fine Arts Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation intended to identify and map the artistic production in African countries whose official language is Portuguese and in their diasporas. In 2007 it was associated to the project Dislocating Europe at the Center for Comparative Studies (CEC). The website contains a unique database with the work of artists from African Portuguese-speaking countries and their diasporas. The website also features virtual exhibits and texts on African Art and related topics, as well as a section with events.


Manuela Ribeiro Sanches is the director of the Centre for Comparative Studies (CEC) since 2013, which was evaluated as “exceptional” in 2015. There she coordinates the Research Group CITCOM, Citizenship, Critical Cosmopolitanism, Modernity/ies, (Post)Colonialism and the project Dislocating Euroope. Critical Perspectives in Anthropology, Art, Literature, and History. She is also responsible for the coordination of the respective subproject Comparing Empires: Compared Colonial Iconographies.



Adriana Urrea (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá)


Adriana Urrea is Philosopher and PhD candidate at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Which explores the philosophy and literature from the literary work of caribbean writer Roberto Burgos Cantor.

She has combined his academic life publishing work in the world of arts, culture and from the public and private sector. She founded the first literary agency that was in Colombia, La Bicicleta Invisible, and Sub-director of Development for Arts and Cultural Expressions and Sub-director of Events and Stages of the former Instituto Distrital de Cultura y Turismo of Bogotá. His theoretical work has been developed in the context of Aesthetics, Philosophy of Art, Political Philosophy and Literature and Philosophy relationship is founder of the Center for Aesthetics at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and Mapa Teatro -the laboratory of artists- in Colombia.

She currently serves as professor at the Facultad de Filosofía at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, professor in the Maestría Interdisciplinar en Teatro y Artes Vivas de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia and consultant for cultural and editorials projects.



REGISTRATION FEE: The conference fee 40$.

ATTENDANCE FEE (without paper presentation):

Professor 60$ (The registration fee includes a promotional package with conference materials)

Alumni Universidad del Atlántico 20$ (The registration fee includes a promotional package with conference materials)

Professional Graduate 20$ (The registration fee includes a promotional package with conference materials)

STUDENTS REGISTRATION FEE: Free (subject to registration and quota limit).


The registration form may be downloaded here.
The deadline for returning the registration form is June 30th to the conference email.

*Papers can be presented in Spanish, English, French and Portuguese.



-        Dr. Patricia Saunders. University of Miami


-        Dr. Dialitza Colón. Universidad de Puerto Rico


-        Dr. Jerry Philogene. Dickinson University New York.


-        Dr.Francisco J. Hernández Adrián. Durham University UK


-        Dr. Christine Chivallon. Université de Bourdeaux


-        MG. Juan Carlos Dávila. Universidad del Atlántico     


-        Dr. Kristian van Haesendonck. Universidade de Lisboa


-        Dr. Magdalena López. Universidade de Lisboa.


-        Dr. Dernival Venâncio Ramos. Universidade Federal do Tocantins


-        Dr. Anna Maria Pimenta Hoffmann. Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo (UNIFESP)


-        MG. Dagmary Olívar Graterol. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid / YoSoyElOtro



Accommodation: Good quality accomodation options, located very close to the event, can be found in the following links. It is advisable to book early:

Hotel Barranquilla Plaza []

Country International Hotel []

Hotel El Prado []

Hotel Estelar en Alto Prado []

Four Points by Sheraton []

Hotel Génova Prado []

Hotel Majestic []

Hotel Torre del Prado []

Smartsuites Royal Barranquilla []

Hotel Washington Plaza []



Danny González Cueto  [Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad del Atlántico]

Conrad James [Department of Modern Languages, University of Birmingham]

Carlos Garrido Castellano [Centro de Estudos Comparatistas, Universidade de Lisboa]

[Poster Image; Artwork: Pared Colonial (Cocacola) by Marco Mojica (Alumni /Universidad del Atlántico ) ]

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