Bermudian policeman stopping traffic on Bloor Street for Caribana in 1970.
The 2019 conference will celebrate CALACS’s 50th anniversary, marking the milestone by returning to York University in Toronto, the site of CALACS’s inaugural conference in 1969. The conference is organized by York’s Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) which is itself commemorating its 40th anniversary in the Fall of 2018. The 2019 CALACS Conference offers an opportunity to celebrate and take stock—in one of the world’s most diverse cities—of a half-century of Canada-based interdisciplinary research and activism in the region.
In addition to welcoming panels, workshops, and papers examining the history of Caribbean and Latin American studies in Canada, the Program Committee seeks to make the conference a diverse and inclusive event. We invite proposals from students, academics, community researchers, cultural producers, and activists who study the Caribbean, Latin America, and their diasporas—both past and present. The Program Committee also seeks to acknowledge that the region is currently wracked by a range of interconnected crises—political, economic, environmental, security, and others—that, for the first time in decades, are resulting in a rise in the number asylum seekers. These issues—and the historical legacies of imperialism and colonialism they highlight—will be given particular visibility through keynotes and plenary sessions. In addition, May 13 will be a Bridge Day between the CALACS conference and the conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS), which will take place at York on May 14-16. This Bridge Day will encourage overlap between the conferences and the sharing of interests and concerns between members of the two associations.