Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Historical Roots of Social Exclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean (in comparative perspective)

This intensive two-day workshop seeks to stimulate new research in the historical roots of social exclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean from a broad comparative and historical perspective, highlighting the nature of institutions inherited from pre-Columbian societies as well as British, French, and Iberian colonial empires and the nature and social consequences of the struggle for Independence in the colonies.

For the full CFP visit the following link:

Monday, October 26, 2009

Rethinking Power, Production and Possession

Very few will question the imperialistic effects of U.S. established and developing federal policies, for they have widespread impact on the economies, cultures, and visualizations of communities far beyond its national borders. Thus with President Barack Obama's recent call for federal agencies to stop pursuing state sanctioned medical users and suppliers of marijuana, since it is "not a good use of federal manpower to prosecute those who are without a doubt in compliance with state law," what implications will we begin to see on the typically criminalized cannabis industries of the United States' closest neighbors? As a contributor for the, Ronald Sanders articulates the necessity to "Change Anti-Drug Strategies" throughout the Caribbean. The full article can be found at following link: In considering the forthcoming theme for CSA 2010, how might proposed and alternative changes in anti-drug strategies assist in derailing violence and poverty throughout Caribbean nations?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

CSA's 2010 Annual Conference (May 24th -28th) in Barbados!!!

Understanding the Everyday Occurrence of Violence in the Cultural Life of the Caribbean: Where Do We Go From Here?

This year’s conference theme provides a space for a full discussion of the physical, emotional, psychological, social and political exploration of the notion of violence. The policy implications of this topic are unavoidable and urgently needed; it is to this end that the subtitle poses the question, where do we go from here? As the largest and most well-established professional organization of Caribbean scholars, we should offer some input into how public policy concerning violence is formulated. The CSA could, for example, begin to investigate the cost associated with violence in the region, namely, the pressures on the public health system to address the needs of those victims of violence, prison costs resulting from conflict, the violence of poverty and unemployment, and the monopolization of violence by the state, inter alia. We welcome panel and individual submissions from people across the humanities, arts, social sciences, public policy and civil society organizations.

For the full call for papers, please download the following pdf: