The “Reflecting on the Spanish Caribbean” Working Group of the Inter University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR), the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (CUNY DSI) at The City College of New York, and the Instituto Global de Altos Estudios en Ciencias Sociales in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, are sponsoring an international conference entitled “The Spanish Caribbean: Toward a Field of its Own.” The conference will be held on July 25-26, 2011 at the Instituto Global de Altos Estudios en Ciencias Sociales, Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo [Global Foundation of Democracy and Development] in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2011.

“Reflecting on the Spanish Caribbean” is a working group of the Inter University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) composed of academics whose work focuses on Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and people in the United States who trace their ancestry to those countries. The group’s main objective is to create a multidisciplinary area of study, particularly at the graduate level, specialized in the Spanish Caribbean.  The conference seeks to provide a space for conversations across the disciplines centered on research and analysis regarding the peoples of this region and to create a public platform to collectively build this new field of study.

Proposals for presentations are welcome in all aspects of the society, history, and culture of Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Comparative perspectives are also welcome. Proposals for papers and panels should include a title and a 350-word abstract; author’s mailing and e-mail address, telephone number, and institutional affiliation.  Proposals should be submitted by April 30, 2011 to:

In the Dominican Republic:
María Elizabeth Rodríguez Vice Rectora Instituto Global de Altos Estudios en Ciencias Sociales Calle César Nicolás Penson, No. 127 Ensanche La Esperilla Santo Domingo, República Dominicana
Email: m.rodriguez@iglobal.edu.do

In the United States:
Professor Francisco Scarano Department of History University of Wisconsin-Madison 3211 Humanities Bldg. 455 N. Park St. Madison, WI 53706
Email: fscarano@wisc.edu

A block of rooms has been reserved at Hotel Embajador at a reduced rate and these rooms will be available for panelists and conference attendees. Panelists will be provided with some meals and local transportation to and from the conference site and hotel. This international conference will be open to the public free of charge, but registration is required at www.ccny.cuny.edu/dsi

For further information about the conference, you may contact Professor Ramona Hernández (CUNY Dominican Studies Institute) at rhernandez@ccny.cuny.edu  or by phone at (212) 650-7496 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting; or visit www.ccny.cuny.edu/dsi