CfP: Hurricanes in the Caribbean

Dear colleagues:

In the fall of 2016 and again in 2017 catastrophic hurricanes hit the Caribbean. Hurricane Matthew shattered Haiti's laborious reconstruction efforts after the 2010 earthquake. Irma proved devastating in Barbuda, which remains essentially uninhabitable, and caused significant damage on neighboring islands, including Cuba, which sustained over two billion USD in damages. Less than two weeks later, Hurricane Maria became the worst natural disaster to have ever struck the island of Dominica, and in Puerto Rico, nearly half of the island is still without electricity nearly two months later.

Following its vision to disseminate and mobilize knowledge of Latin America and the Caribbean through networks and partnerships in Canada and abroad, the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) wishes to foster a deeper understanding of these disasters.

Consequently, in the context of its Annual Conference, to be held at the University of Québec at Montréal May 16-18, 2018, CALACS will host a series of panels on all aspects of the 2016-2017 hurricanes, including but not restricted to its political, historic, economic, environmental, and cultural dimensions. We also encourage a comparative discussion with other natural disasters, both historical and contemporary, in Latin America and the Caribbean.

We invite you to submit a proposal on any topic related to the 2016-2017 hurricanes, be they for a full panel or a single paper, to the Conference organizing committee. The proposals will follow the Conference's regular evaluation procedure (please visit our website:

Questions concerning the Conference as a whole should be directed to the program committee at

To submit a panel, please ensure each panel participant needs to make their individual submission through the webpage system. The panel organizer must then send an email to the program coordinator at indicating the names of the individuals that are part of the same panel by January 31, 2018 (submissions can be in English, Spanish, French or Portuguese).

Please keep in mind that membership in CALACS is necessary to submit a proposal to the Conference.

We are looking forward to discussing all the multi-faceted aspects of Latin America and the Caribbean with you in Montreal.

Julián Durazo Herrmann, president
Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

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