Call For Papers

Issue 2 - Theme: CONSTRUCTING THE CARIBBEAN IN THE WORLD

The Caribbean’s very genesis and evolution is a diasporic enterprise marked by waves of crossings and returns. Stuart Hall aptly describes the region as “doubly diasporised,” a phenomenon which positions it in the global matrix as a radical sign of what it means to be “modern,” and “a gateway to the future” (George Lamming). Caribbean thinkers have played a seminal role in articulating this unique cultural character, which defines our planetary becoming. Theorists such as Stuart Hall, Sylvia Wynter, Edouard Glissant, Gordon Rohlehr and Wilson Harris have formulated the terms and conditions for an influential body of thought that has resonance for international cultural debates. For instance, theories of creolization and créolité have contributed to global discourses, providing the foundation for the interrogation of entrenched understandings of culture, the reformulation of notions of identity in light of accelerated travel, cultural exchange and hybridization processes.

While Caribbean culture and thought have made their way in the world, we would be naive to think that the dissemination of ideas and patterns of cultural consumption are without their own brand of politics. Ideological control, which is the bedrock of cultural production, remains a front at which the region must always stand vigilant, but not in the service of any archaic, protectionist cause that promotes insularity. The very cross-cultural character of the Caribbean – the interrelation of local and international trends – militates against such approaches. Rather, the Caribbean must become more assertive and efficient in disseminating its cultural and intellectual labour, if it is to fully engage the world from its centre. In today’s global arena, the power to package and market the cultural products and scholarship that speak to one’s realities is both an indicator of cultural confidence and an essential requirement in the struggle against the homogenizing tendencies of an aggressive “new internationalization.”

Tout Moun is committed to this work. Its second issue therefore invites all scholars of the Caribbean Disapora, creative writers and artists to make contributions, which engage issues relevant to the Construction of the Caribbean in the World. Essays, interviews, visual productions, short stories and poems are invited on the following topics:

  • New Caribbeans beyond and within
  • Tourist cultures and salable islands
  • Landscape, environment, architecture and aesthetics
  • Language and the global
  • Cultural performance between tradition and change
  • Music, carnival and the disapora
  • Religion, spirituality and cross-culturalism
  • Native/ traveller and home
  • Minorities and redefining exile
  • Violence, revolution and change
  • Remaking canons, questioning cultural theories
  • Technology, bodies and identities
  • Myth, mythologies and Caribbean construction
  • Images, icons and the trans/nation
  • The new Caribbean and teaching strategies
  • Rethinking gender/sex and citizenship

For instructions about submissions see our Author Guidelines.

We encourage the submission of a full manuscript.

All manuscripts will be subject to peer review before publication.

Deadline for submission is March 31, 2012.

Submissions should be sent to: tout.moun@sta.uwi.edu