Transporting the Caribbean


Panel organizer: Thomas W. KrisePacific Lutheran University

Panel sponsored by the Early Caribbean Society


In Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment, literary critics Elizabeth DeLoughrey and George Handley argue that “an ecological frame is vital to understanding how geography has been and still is radically altered by colonialism, including resource use, stewardship, and sovereignty” (24).  Seeking a wide application of the shape and contour of this ecological frame, this panel solicits perspectives from humanists and social scientists that apply an ecological framework to early Caribbean studies.  As a panel linked to the Early Caribbean Society, Transporting the Caribbean critically engages with the Caribbean as a natural, lived, and built space.  It aims to re-situate the ways that the environment of the Caribbean has been transported within and outside of the region.  As such, this panel is as concerned with the seeds caught in the lining of coats as the yams from slaves’ provision grounds; the movement of narratives on the tongues of slaves as with the Caribbean flora and fauna that would eventually find themselves preserved in museums on both sides of the Atlantic; and the African bodies that would wilt and die in the fire of the sugar houses as the stories that traveled the trade lanes and within the imaginations of the region’s visitors and inhabitants.  Although an extensive list, these concerns are not meant to be limit possible inquires.  What we seek is a platform to respond to DeLoughrey’s and Handley’s call that draws upon the interdisciplinary and temporal interests of the study of the early Americas.


Please send 250-word paper abstracts to Thomas Krise at by Friday, September 7, 2012.