2nd biennial Caribbean Research Methodologies Conference 2020


Theme: Affirming Caribbean epistemologies and methodologies - culturally relevant approaches to pedagogy, research and leadership


University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica


Abstract Submission Deadline – 24 April 2020


The University of the West Indies, Jamaica in conjunction with The University of Trinidad and Tobago (School of Education) and the Auckland University of Technology (Pacific Media Centre) New Zealand will be hosting the second conference on Caribbean Research Methodologies on 15-16 (Thursday and Friday) October 2020 at the Faculty of Humanities and Education (UWI, Mona, Jamaica).


This conference follows on from a very successful inaugural conference held at The University of Trinidad and Tobago in September 2018. The conference will continue to create opportunities for academics to discuss and debate current research projects using Caribbean research methodologies, the challenges to developing and integrating the use of Caribbean research approaches in academia, and creating, managing and sustaining a space for Caribbean research methodologies.


This conference aims to bring together researchers, academics, service and field workers, and policy analysts from a range of disciplines and sectors to share knowledge, experiences, developments and learning on research approaches, guiding worldviews or contextual factors that are specific to the Caribbean region. The conference is intended to inspire critical thinking and discourse on shifting from a decolonizing framework to an affirming approach to developing, embracing and utilizing Caribbean ways of knowing.


The purpose of this conference is to provide an opportunity to define, explore, develop and promote research methodologies relevant to the Caribbean in order to share knowledge and obtain information in ways that are common and familiar to Caribbean people and their environments.


Conference streams


  • In search of Caribbean research methodologies: disrupting the coloniality of knowing and knowledge and affirming own-ness

  • Research and hierarchy: moving towards intersubjective and participatory ways of knowing

  • Linkages and solidarities in culturally affirming research around the world: Indigenous and local research in Africa, America, the Pacific and other regions

  • Affirming pedagogies in the Caribbean: our ways of being, knowing, teaching and learning

  • “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house”: Affirming leadership to understand and dismantle inequities

  • Dissemination of research: ensuring access to Caribbean methodologies and research


The organisers acknowledge that some research projects, ideas and developments may cover more than one of these areas. If this applies to your work, please state which stream you would prefer to join, and any other stream(s) you would be willing to join. The conference organisers welcome papers and presentations on research methodologies and methods within and across all areas and disciplines though the focus is primarily on the social sciences.

We are taking a broad approach to the terms 'papers' and 'presentations', and these can be reported on in any way appropriate to the theme of the conference and the presenters’ work including reports, works-in-progress, workshops, poster sessions, individual papers, and pre-formed panels. Presentations that combine different research methods are particularly welcome. We are open to imaginative and interesting ideas that fit within the scope of this call for papers.

Abstract Submission

Abstracts of no more than 300 words will be accepted, through the submission form available on the CRM website. Although a description of the methodology is optional, its empirical applications and the potential methodological advancements that demonstrate its usefulness in research and practice should be emphasised, as should the method’s limitations. You will be asked to include a short (80 word) biography, email address, and phone number. Presentation content will need to be sufficient for a 25minute session which typically involves a 20-minute presentation followed by 5-minutes for questions.

Please observe the word limit. Abstracts that exceed this limit may be returned for revision.


Decision on Abstracts

The CRM conference committee aims to have feedback to submitters by 22 May 2020.


CRM 2020 Conference Selected Papers

Selected full papers from this conference will be peer reviewed for publication in a Special edition of the Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean (JEDIC).



All queries to Camille Nakhid (camille.nakhid@aut.ac.nz).