The goal of this working group is for scholars from a variety of disciplines to come together in order to examine the wide-ranging and historically-specific uses of ghosts in the Circum-Caribbean as aesthetic, ethical, and political practices. Ideally, this project will culminate in an edited edition to be published in the next year. The idea is based on a reevaluation of Derrida’s notion of hauntologie within the context of the Caribbean. For Derrida, the figure of the ghost is a deconstructive agent whose spectral subjectivity disrupts the very notion of the present as tied to reality. Derrida’s conception of hauntologie also articulates an ethical obligation to accept the ghost’s indeterminacy that others have observed (Gordon 2008, Craps 2010). One question this group seeks to address, then, concerns how the obligation to live with ghosts might mediate an engagement with the unresolved, inescapable, or unfinished histories that haunt the Caribbean such as the legacies of slavery and colonialism in the Americas. To this end, each presentation considers the form haunting can take in the Caribbean, the histories they uncover and the practices they engender.