Early Caribbean Society
Established 2002
 Participant List, 2nd Symposium of the Early Caribbean Society

      Ralph Bauer, English, “Translating a New World of Things: Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdes and his English Legacy”

      Kathleen Donegan, English, University of California, Berkeley, “”’That Peculiar Look of Ferocity’: Charlotte Smith and the Early Caribbean Gothic”

      Richard Frohock, English, Oklahoma State University, “Reported Speech in A General History of the Pyrates (1724)”

      Sean X. Goudie, English, Pennsylvania State University, “Expanding the Archive of Early Caribbean Literature”

      Jo Anne Harris, English, Georgia Gwinnett College, “Representing the Caribbean: Remarks on Becoming Digital”

      Toni Wall Jaudon, English, Hendrix College, “The Living Book in the Caribbean”

      Thomas W. Krise, English, Pacific Lutheran University, “What’s In, What’s Out: Questions of Structure in Early Caribbean Literary History”

      Catherine Parisian, English & Theater, University of North Carolina, Pembroke

      Karen Salt, History, University of Aberdeen, “Haiti and the Reverberations of Black Sovereignty in the Early Caribbean”

      Cassander L. Smith, English, University of Alabama, “Cultural Encounters, Subalternity and an Early Caribbean Literary History”

      Sue Thomas, English, La Trobe University, “Robert Wedderburn ‘worn out flint tailor, striving to immortalize’ his ‘fin the cause of humanity’”

      Candace Ward, English, Florida State University, “Samuel Gray’s Old Port-Royal: or, the Buccaneer”

      Kelly Wisecup, English, University of North Texas, “Medical Literatures and Cultures of the Early Caribbean”

2012 Early Caribbean Society Symposium
    San Juan, Puerto Rico
    November 13-15, 2012
2011 Early Caribbean Society Symposium
    St. James, Barbados
    October 30-31, 2011
Participant List, 1st Symposium of the Early Caribbean Society

Nicole N. Aljoe, English, Northeastern University, “Slave Narratives in the Early Caribbean”

        Ralph Bauer, English, University of Maryland, College Park, “The ‘Key’ to the Secrets of the Isle: Hermeticism and Discovery in the early Caribbean”

        Kristina Bross, English, Purdue University, “‘I offer a New-World’: Thomas Gage Rewrites Discovery”

        Brycchan Carey, English, Kingston University, “Satire and Slavery in the Early Caribbean”

        Kathleen Donegan, English, University of California, Berkeley, “‘The Sum of All I Know’: Richard Ligon’s The True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados”

        Richard Frohock, English, Oklahoma State University, “English Piracy in the Early Caribbean”

        Sean X. Goudie, English, Pennsylvania State University, “The Literatures of an Emergent Caribbean America”

        Jo Anne Harris, English, Georgia Gwinnet College, “Caribbeana (1741): A Literary Conundrum of Colony and Empire”

        Toni Wall Jaudon, English, Hendrix College, “A World in Common: Afro-Caribbean Religions and the Literatures of the Early Americas”

        Thomas W. Krise, English, University of the Pacific, “What Literature?  What History? What Should an Early Caribbean Literary History Look Like?”

        Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, English, Northeastern University, “Caribbean Geographies of Gender and Reproduction”

        Evelyn O’Callaghan, English, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, “Nineteenth-Century Caribbean Narratives”

        Carla Gardina Pestana, History, Miami University, “The Literature of English Fears of Unfreedom in the Early Caribbean”

        Karen N. Salt, History, University of Aberdeen, “Prince Saunders and the tale of two Haitis”

        David S. Shields, English, University of South Carolina, “John Rastel’s 1519 Dialogue”

        Cristobal Silva, English, Columbia University, “Locating the Caribbean in James Grainger’s The Sugar-Cane”

        Cassander L. Smith, English, University of Alabama, “Black Africans and the English Imagination in Early Caribbean Literature”

        Sue Thomas, English, La Trobe University, “Evangelical Life, Narrative, and the Reform of Anglophone Colonial Plantation Slavery Cultures”

        Tim Watson, English, University of Miami, and Candace Ward, English, Florida State University, “Early Creole Novels in English before 1850”

        Kelly Wisecup, English, University of North Texas, “‘All Apollo’s Arts’: Medicine and Poetry in the Early Caribbean”

The Third Symposium of the Early Caribbean Society
20-21 July, 2014, at Kingston University, London, England

Following on the successful symposiums of the Early Caribbean Society (ECS) held in Barbados in 2011 and Puerto Rico in 2012, the ECS will host its third symposium in London, England to promote the study of early Caribbean literary history. The symposium will take place immediately following the Society of Early Americanists conference on “London and the Americas, 1492-1812,” which will be held in London on July 17-19, 2014. Attendees can sign up for the SEA conference, the ECS symposium, or both events through one registration process.

The SEA conference and the ECS symposium will take place on Kingston University’s campus in South West London, a 25-minute train ride from central London and a short bus ride from Heathrow Airport. Housing options will include university dormitories as well as a diverse array of local hotels. Plans for outings are in the works.

Registration and lodging for the July 2014 ECS Symposium are now available.

To register, please go to:



Please note that this registration page is also used to register for the meeting of the Society of Early Americanists. You can register for either conference separately or for both together. Please note, however, that registering for one conference does not entitle you to attend both. If you want to attend both you have to register and pay for both!

You will also find links on this web page to local accommodation options. We have negotiated a discount with the Hotel Antoinette, which is a 3-minutes walk from the campus. There are also cheaper rooms at the university's hall of residence (student dorms) at Seething Wells. This is a 30 minute walk or 10 minute bus ride away. You will also find links on this page to many other accommodation options in and around the Kingston area.

More details about travel options will appear in the future, but do note, if you are wondering which airport to fly into, that there is a direct bus from Heathrow to Kingston every 30 minutes, and it takes about 1 hr. Travel from Gatwick is by train, there is one change (at Clapham Junction) and the journey also takes about an hour.


July 2014 ECS Symposium Presentation Format

The Symposium will follow an alternative format. All presenters will submit full papers (10 pp. maximum) electronically prior to the conference, so they can all be pre-read by participants.

The due date for papers will be in early July (possibly July 1st), to give everyone some time to read paper; essays will be made available through the ECS website.

Papers will be organized into the standard 90-minute sessions. Each presenter will have 5-7 minutes to summarize/recap their arguments, which will leave approximately 45-60 minutes for group conversation and discussion.


July 2014 ECS Symposium Tentative Schedule

Monday, July 21st:

9:00-10:30: Session 1

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-12:15: Session 2

12:15-1:45: Lunch

1:45-3:15: Session 3

3:15-3:30: Break

3:30-5:00: Session 4

5:00-5:15: Break

5:15-6:45: Session 5

7:30: Dinner


July 2014 ECS Symposium Participants

*All conference participants must be currently paid ECS members*

July 2014 ECS Symposium Conference Organizer:

Thomas Krise, President, Pacific Lutheran University, tkrise@plu.edu

July 2014 ECS Symposium Presenters:

Philip Abraham, King's College, London, "Religious policy and colonial government in the
       English Caribbean after the Restoration," philip.g.abraham@gmail.com

Regulus Allen, English, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo,
       "Doomed Maternity in the Inkle and Yarico Legend," rlallen@calpoly.edu

Noel Chevalier, English, Luther College, University of Regina,
       “Guy’s Cliff Meets St. Kitts: Early Caribbean Verse and the Della Cruscans,”

Melissa K. Downes, English, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, "Repeating Islands: 
       The Caribbean of the Inkle and Yarico Texts," mdownes@clarion.edu

Valerie Forman, New York University, “Governing Productivity: The Politics, Economics, and Aesthetics of Plantation Development in Early Modern England and the English Caribbean”​

​​Richard Frohock, English, Oklahoma State University, 

       "Gay's Polly, Mandeville's Bees, and Civil Society in a West Indian Setting," richard.frohock@okstate.edu

Nemesio Gil, English, University of Puerto Rico, "The Black Subject as Aesthetic Object
       in Two Travel Narratives of the West Indies," cinema2008@gmail.com

Carol Guarnieri, University of Virginia, “'The Dunghill of the Universe': New World Deformity
       and the British Slave Trade," ceg4b@virginia.edu

Carl Haarnack, University of Amsterdam,
       "German early literature and Enlightenment in the Caribbean,"

Paul Hollanders, University of Amersterdam, “'Animus Revertendi' versus 'Animus
       Manendi': The Will to Return versus The Will to Stay examined in two texts written in Late Eighteenth Century Surinam,"

Craig Koslofsky, University of Illinois, “Ship's Surgeon Johann Peter Oettinger: A Hinterlander in the Caribbean, 1688-1693,” koslof@illinois.edu

Christina Kullberg, Department of Modern Languages, Uppsala University, Sweden,
       "The Experimenting Body: Sickness, Subjectivity and Science in Labat's Voyage aux
       isles de l'Amérique," christina.kullberg@moderna.uu.se

Laura Leibman, English, Reed College,
       "Love Affairs: Marriage, Romance, and Race among Early Caribbean Jews,"

Madhu Mitra, English, College of St. Benedict, 
       "Soldiering for the Empire: An Examination of Maria Nugent’s Journals,"

Mary Nyquist, University of Toronto, "Equiano, Satanism, and Insurgency,"

​​Désha Osborne, University of Cambridge, “Why Hiroona Matters: An Introduction to St Vincent’s Overlooked National Poem”

Gregory Pierrot, English, University of Connecticut at Stamford,
       "Gothic Slave Ships in Olaudah Equiano and Edward Rushton,"

Karen Salt, English, University of Aberdeen, "The Queen of the Antilles Goes to Modernity" k.salt@abdn.ac.uk

Cassander Smith, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa,
       "Points of Origin: Imagining West Africa in the Caribbean,” cassander.smith@gmail.com

Steven Thomas, English, Wagner College, "Pirate Assemblages/Creole Texts,"

Candace Ward, English, Florida State University,
       "Montgomery, or the West Indian Adventurer: The Planter Picturesque Disrupted,"

M​​argaret Williamson, Dartmouth College, "Roman Heroism on the Plantation,"  Margaret.Williamson@dartmouth.edu

Kelly Wisecup, English, University of North Texas, "Medical Caribbeana: Natural Histories,
       Novels, and African Medical Knowledge in Atlantic Networks,"

Rochelle Zuck, English, University of Minnesota Duluth, "For Love Nor Money: Social,
       Economic, and Political Relations and the Creole Marriage Plot," rzuck@d.umn.edu

Past Symposia
A general chart of the West Indies, 1796. By Joseph Smith Speer. Image from the Library of Congress Digital Archives.