Annual Meeting

CALL FOR PAPERS

Resilience

53rd Annual ACH Conference, Kingston, Jamaica, June 5-10, 2022

The ACH Executive Committee is pleased it announce that its 53rd Annual Conference of the Association of Caribbean Historians (ACH) will be held in Kingston, Jamaica from Sunday, June 5 to Thursday, June 9, 2022. Friday, June 10, 2022 will be reserved for an optional field trip(s). Although our preference is to return to hosting the conference in a face-to-face format, we are continuing to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and will announce which modalities will be feasible in 2022. 

The ACH welcomes this opportunity to work with local organisers in the Department of History and Archaeology at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. The ACH has chosen the overarching theme of “Resilience” for our 53rd Annual Conference. 

We encourage participants to reflect on how the region’s resilience has been tested historically, and to share their research on the challenges and other developments which have shaped the Caribbean region.  Our 53rd annual conference comes at an important period in Caribbean nationhood.  The region enters a new phase in its independence trajectory with some of the English-speaking territories commemorating sixty years of independence. At the same time recent political turmoil, global health challenges and natural disasters have presented development challenges.  The region continues to be highly dependent on international travel and communication and is highly vulnerable to external shocks in the global economy.   In spite of the challenges individual states are actively re-shaping themselves and are at different phases of their independence journeys.  In this context, the theme “Resilience” provides an important focal point.  

Join us at the 53rd ACH conference as we explore the challenges and successes of the Caribbean region.

 We invite papers under the general theme of “Resilience”. In addition to the overall theme of ‘Resilience’ the 2022 ACH conference will also welcome papers on the following topics suggested by members after our last AGM 

  • Pan-Caribbean Approaches to writing Caribbean history 
  • Historical monuments in the Caribbean in the Modern World 
  • Cultural Representation – Rethinking Caribbean Cultural Identities
  • The Independence Project in the Caribbean
  • Gender, Peace and Security- Reimagining roots of Caribbean   adaptability  
  • Political Turmoil and Social Mobilisation in the Caribbean
  •  Developments in Caribbean Archaeology

While papers on the overall themes are encouraged, applicants are welcome to submit proposals on other subjects. 

For those proposing panels, please note that we seek linguistic and geographic diversity and representation. Applicants may also wish to consider that the ACH promotes diversity among panelists in institutional affiliation and academic experience. 

Preference is given to applicants who did not present at the previous conference, held online in 2021. 

Proposals must include:

  1. The appropriate form for either a paper/ poster or panel proposal;
  2.  A 250-word abstract for each proposed presenter (Abstracts must indicate what new information or approach the work provides as well as the archival or oral sources consulted. Abstracts must be submitted in English, French and Spanish); and
  3. A brief CV (no more than 2 pages).

Please use the online links for paper/ poster proposals and panel proposals provided to make submissions. 

Graduate students at an advanced stage in their research are welcome to submit proposals and must include a letter of support from their academic advisors attesting to the strength and progress of their research. Please see Application Instructions here https://associationofcaribbeanhistorians.org/application-instructions/

All documents should be combined into ONE (1) Microsoft Word document file (please do not submit as a PDF). The deadline for proposal submission is October 15, 2021 using the appropriate online form. Any questions can be communicated to Dalea Bean, Conference Coordinator at achconference@gmail.com

Tara Inniss, Secretary-Treasurer, Association of Caribbean Historians: achsecretary@gmail.com.