The Caribbean Literary Studies Program was formed in 1999 with the goal of creating imaginative and productive spaces to hold discussions about Caribbean literature, culture and the arts. The program is made up of graduate students (M.F.A., M.A., and Ph.D.), alumni, faculty and other interested parties from the University of Miami community and the Greater Miami area who have  critical and creative interests  Caribbean cultural production. We work collaboratively to produce an array of academic and community forums: our peer-reviewed electronic journal, Anthurium, bi-annual conferences partnering with local cultural institutions, and events that introduce new and emerging writers, scholars and visual artists to the Greater Miami community throughout the year.


Upcoming Events

The 31st Annual Meeting of the West Indian Literature Conference

Imagined Nations, 50 Years Later:
Reflections on Independence and Federation in the Caribbean

Hosted by:
Caribbean Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Miami
October 11-13th, 2012
University of Miami • Coral Gables, Miami, FL

View the Conference Website

Past Events:

Global Caribbean(s):
Interrogating the Politics of Location in Caribbean Literature and Culture
The University of Miami, Coral Gables - March 2010

Caribbean Literary Studies and the Otto Richter Library Digital Media Initiative:
Celebrating Five Years of Electronic Scholarship
Monday, October 13, 2008, 3:30pm College of Arts and Sciences Gallery

In honor of the ongoing successful partnership between the University of Miami’s Caribbean Literary Studies (CLS) and Otto Richter Library’s Digital Media Services (DMS), CLS and DMS will host an event to celebrate two collaborative initiatives—the 5th Anniversary Issue of the electronic journal Anthurium and the launch of a Caribbean visual arts website: As Far as the Eye/I Can See: Caribbean Art and Visual Culture. The event will feature a lecture by cultural critic Annie Paul (University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica) and remarks by Sandra Pouchet Paquet, Professor of English, Patricia Saunders, Assistant Professor of English, Anthony Smith, Director of Digital Initiatives, Resources and Services, and Renee Mussai, Project Manager for Autograph ABP.

The Asian Experience in the Caribbean and the Guyanas
November 1-3, 2007

Photos from our last event:

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  • Distinguished Professor Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o (University of California, Irvine) recounts memories from his childhood in Kenya.

  • Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o reads from Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir at Books and Books in Coral Gables (co-sponsored by the University of Miami. Address: 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134).

  • Five University of Miami English graduate students (Christine Morando, Briana Casali, Sydney Owens, Stephanie Selvick, and Marta Fernandez) look on as  Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o signs a copy of his new book Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir.

  • Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o along with longtime friend Chenjerai Hove (current Miami City of Refuge Writer-in-Residence at the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College) field questions from the audience.

  • University of Miami English graduate student gladly receives a signed copy of Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir as three other students look on.