CALL FOR PAPERS
Caribbean Crucible: Atlantic Migrations and the Making of the Modern World.
April 14, 2023 | 9 am – 6 pm | Columbia University
The Columbia University (CU) History Department invites all graduate students and
postdoctoral fellows to participate in the conference Caribbean Crucible: Atlantic Migrations and
the Making of the Modern World. This conference will run on Friday, April 14, 2023 at Columbia
University (venue and exact times TBA) and is jointly funded by the Columbia University
History Department, the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, the African
American and African Diaspora Studies Department, the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and
Race, Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusion, and the Arts and Sciences Graduate Council.
All abstracts are due by the end of day on November 30, 2022.
This conference gathers the latest research on the diverse peoples and cultures that developed in
the Caribbean and moved outward to shape societies on both sides of the Atlantic in the
nineteenth and twentieth centuries Scholars have long recognized the ways the Caribbean acted
as a crossroads for Atlantic cultures. There, people from around the world forged new identities
and built new communities, forming the demographic and cultural bedrock of the Caribbean
today. Yet just as immigrants, enslaved people, indentured laborers, and colonists flowed into
the Caribbean, a diverse range of migrants flowed out, carrying communities and cultures with
them to Europe, the United States, and beyond.
How does our understanding of history change when we flip our frame of reference to see the
Caribbean as the crucible of the modern West—not merely as a destination or waystation for
slave traders, their captive cargo, conquistadors, and sugar merchants, but the progenitor of
creole, Asian, Afro-Asian, and Afro-European migrants who radically reshaped the economies,
cultures, and politics of their new homes? How did their circum-Atlantic movements in the
nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in turn, change the migrants themselves?
We seek proposals that engage these questions from a variety of disciplines, including but not
limited to history, political science, sociology, anthropology, African diaspora studies, Asian
studies, Asian American studies, literary studies, and data sciences. Abstracts for a 15-20 minute
presentation should fit into at least one of the following panels:
(1) Asian-Caribbean migrant communities in the United States;
(2) Afro-Caribbean and Asian-Caribbean communities in Europe;
(3) free Black communities in the United States and Caribbean;
Please submit a 250-300 word abstract outlining the topic and approach of your work in PDF
format to Rochelle Malcolm [firstname.lastname@example.org], Samuel Niu [email@example.com], and
Madison Ogletree [firstname.lastname@example.org], by November 30, 2022.
Limited financial assistance may be available to support panelists’ travel and lodging expenses.
Please reach out to the conference organizers at the emails above if you have further questions.