The Australian Association for Caribbean Studies was founded in 1995 as an interdisciplinary group of academic, postgraduate students and others concerned with the Caribbean region. The first conference took place in Brisbane in 1995 and since then it has been held biennially at universities around Australia.
These conferences take an approach that emphasises the study of culture, in that they facilitate the presentation of research papers on aspects of Caribbean life including literature, theatre, education, history, geography, biography, art, media and music. The wide-ranging papers and the informal exchange of ideas after the formal sessions enable people to learn about aspects of the Caribbean that may be outside their own particular fields.
The conferences attract scholars, researchers and artists from Australia, the Caribbean and other countries around the world. They afford an opportunity for both established scholars and early-career researchers to present their findings in a friendly and informal atmosphere. AACS conferences have been supported by several Australian universities which recognize their value in contributing to cross-cultural research, scholarship and cultural exchange.
|Inaugural AACS Conference||1995 – University of Queensland, Brisbane|
|2nd AACS Conference||1997 – University of Sydney, Sydney|
|3rd AACS Conference||1999 – La Trobe University, Melbourne|
|4th AACS Conference||2001 – Australian National University, Canberra|
|5th AACS Conference||2003 – University of Wollongong, Wollongong|
|6th AACS Conference||2005 – University of Western Australia, Perth|
|7th AACS Conference||2007 – Victoria University, Melbourne|
|8th AACS Conference||2009 – Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane|
|9th AACS Conference||2011 – University of Newcastle, Newcastle|
|10th AACS Conference||2013 – University of La Trobe, Melbourne|
|11th AACS Conference||2015 – University of Wollongong, Wollongong|