Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

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Tulane’s international and comparative law activities have a firm institutional base in the Eason-Weinmann Center of Comparative Law, created through the generosity of former Ambassador to Finland and Chief of Protocol of the United States Department of State, John Weinmann, and his wife, Virginia Eason Weinmann. The Center, successor to the Ford and Rockefeller Foundation-funded Institute of Comparative Law at Tulane, which began in 1949, is Tulane’s vehicle for enriching its regular academic programs. Its Director and Chair is Eason-Weinmann Professor of Comparative Law, Thanassi Yiannopoulos. The Center routinely brings to the Law School eminent scholars of comparative law from around the world to serve as lecturers or to participate in colloquia on topics arising out of comparative law. Since 1981, fifteen colloquia or other international gatherings have been hosted by the Eason-Weinmann Center of Comparative Law at Tulane Law School, attracting scholars from over 20 countries and at least 30 US law schools. Colloquia topics have covered an array of subjects, from comparative examinations of particular areas of law such as labor relations or torts, to broader looks at the internationalization of law and legal practice, the reconstruction of legal institutions in Eastern Europe, or the impact of European integration.




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Tropical Exposures: Photography, Film, and Visual Culture in a Caribbean Frame

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Tropical Exposures: Photography, Film, and Visual Culture in a Caribbean Frame
March 10-12, 2016
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

We offer our conference as a forum in which to peruse and absorb the visual turn in contemporary inquiry from the unique vantage points of the Caribbean, circum-Caribbean and Caribbean diasporas. We conceive the tropical exposure as a frame for representing the region’s strengths and vulnerabilities and for questioning the interaction of Antillean sensibilities with a plethora of images and mediascapes. Our invited keynote speakers include photographer Virginia Beahan and artist Francisco Crespo, whose work appears on this page.

Tropical Exposures welcomes proposals for papers that address any facet of Caribbean visual representation in photography, film, art, popular culture, and other media, as well as the interaction of word and image more generally. Scholars are also encouraged to present proposals that consider social and cultural shifts toward the increasing intermediality of representation in the Caribbean frame.

Conference Updates:
October 21, 2015: Tropical Exposures has accepted panel and abstract submissions. Panel lineups and program schedule information will be sent out very soon.

Registration Information
Early Registration is now open to presenters and participants. The following rates will be available until January 19, 2016:

  • $125 Faculty
  • $90 Graduate Students and Independent Scholars

Regular registration rates will be effective after January 19, 2016.
Please click here to access the conference registration form, or click the “Register Online” button on the bottom or top of this page.

Conference Hotel Information
The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute has arranged a group block and discounted rate at the Hampton Inn New Orleans Garden District. We have reserved a block of rooms for March 9 – March 12, 2016. The special room rate of $169.00/night will be available until February 8, 2016 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. The Hampton Inn Garden District hotel offers a free hot breakfast, free high speed internet in every room, and free on-site parking.

To make your reservations online, please click here to access the hotel reservation page and book your stay by February 8th.
You may also book your room by phone by calling 504-899-9990. The group code for the special rate is “CSI”; please mention this when making reservations by phone.
For hotel address and other information, please visit the Hampton Inn hotel’s website

Conference events will take place on Tulane’s uptown campus at the Lavin-Bernick Center (LBC), 201 Boggs, New Orleans, LA 70118. Transportation from the conference hotel to Tulane’s uptown campus will be provided. We will be putting together a brief guide to the city of New Orleans for quick reference about local transportation, restaurants, etc. for your convenience.