Concourse: 07/24/17


Monday, July 24, 2017

International Conference on "Sustainable Futures for the Caribbean: Critical Interventions and the 2030 Agenda" April 25-27, 2018, Jamaica.

Call For Papers: 

In celebrating the UWI’s 70th Anniversary, the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies is pleased to issue this call for papers for its 19th Annual Conference with the theme:
Sustainable Futures for the Caribbean: Critical Interventions and the 2030 Agenda

In a global environment characterized by significant political, social, economic, technological and environmental turbulence, the Caribbean region which forms the backbone of American Archipelagic space, faces revolutionary times. Thus, as our global geopolitical environment is subject to pressures of dissolution, fragmentation and transformation in the post-Brexit and Trump era, regional and island economies are faced with radical new opportunities to either sink separately or swim together. Yet the current choice to “sink or swim” represents simultaneously a déjá vu moment given the prescience of the 1947 conference for the Closer Association of the British West Indian Colonies that was held in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The conference was attended by country and colonial representatives. One of the most important activities of the conference was the establishment of a committee to examine the political and economic need for closer association of the Caribbean territories and to make recommendations in the form of draft resolutions which were later approved by the conference. Are these historical concerns still salient in a shift to a global 2030 sustainable development agenda? 

As history has taught us, attempts at political federation failed in large measure and were replaced by a push for functional and economic cooperation by independent and somewhat insular nation states. The 19th Annual SALISES Conference seeks then to re-examine the questions raised at that historic conference in Montego Bay, in the light of our current moment, and to revisit some of the issues (e.g. Caribbean fiscal problems, labour rights and structural inequality) discussed in that conference. Scholars, practitioners, policy makers and students alongside the general public, will also
Sustainable Futures for the Caribbean International Conference April 25-27, 2018 Holiday Inn Resort MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA


seek to provide analyses of the multiple political challenges and prospects for sustainable social and economic growth by 2030 and beyond. 
Papers are invited on the following sub-themes/topics:

1. Caribbean Regional Inequality, Structural Adjustment and a new Growth Agenda 

2. Latin America and Caribbean integration: Strategies for Sustainable Development 

3. Constitutional Reform and Local Governance for Democracy and Development 

4. Gender, Sexuality, Class, Racial Power and the Politics of Inclusion/Exclusion 

5. Caribbean Ecosystems: Social Growth, Environment and Financing for Development 

6. Reparatory Justice, Criminal Justice, Labour Justice and Sustainable Development 

7. Migration, Diaspora, Cultural Investment and Development 

8. Global Governance and Public Policy for Sustainable Trade, Investment and Growth. 

9. Educational Philosophy- Training, Teaching and Learning 

10. Community and Social Enterprise Development as sustainable new growth models 

11. The 4th Industrial Revolution- The Future of Work and Competitiveness 

12. The Medical Cannabis Industry, Health and Development 

13. Sustainable Cities, Tourism and the Green Economy 

14. Poverty, Social Exclusion, Marginalization and the crises of Modern Power 

15. Sport, Development and the ‘spirit’ of Caribbean people’s ‘to di world’ agenda 

16. Climate Change, SIDS and Sustainable Rural Futures for Health and Wealth 

17. Child Development ,Youth Futures and Ageing Populations 

18. Measuring the Sustainable Development goals, risks and well-being in the region 

19. Language, Livity, The Arts, Creative Lives and the Future of Cultural Industries 

20. The Internet of Things (IoT) for global problems – Climate Change, Education, Poverty & Terrorism 

21. Globalization, Violence, Debt and Development

Deadline for submission of abstracts: December 15, 2017 
Date for Notification of acceptance of abstract: January 19, 2018 Deadline for submission of full conference papers in WORD format: March 26, 2018 Deadline for submission of paper for consideration for publication is August 30, 2018

Registration Fees: Early Bird (up to February 28, 2018)

THREE DAY REGISTRATION ONLY *Overseas Participants: US$250 *Local Participants: US$200 *Students: US$75

Contact Info: 

Rachel Folkes (876) 927 1020 or 927 1234 or

Patricia Northover, Programme Chair:
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