What is the future of the Caribbean? What kinds of futures are Caribbean writers imagining from the rich, complicated history of archipelagoes they call home? How are the African, European, Asian, and Indigenous aspects of Caribbean history, identity, and heritage incorporated in the stories and worlds of Caribbean creators? In this panel, we celebrate Caribbean writers and discuss the promise, challenges, and politics of speculative fiction set in or inspired by the Caribbean. We use an inclusive definition of the Caribbean to include everyone from indigenous peoples like the Kalinago, Taíno, Ciguayo, Guanahatabey, and Garifuna, to diasporic African peoples like the Yoruba, migrants from South and East Asia, and the European powers that colonized the region. Topics discussed include the race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and the legacies of past and ongoing colonialisms in the region.
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