Call for Papers, Panels, or Workshops for “Using History to Make Slavery History”

Call for Papers, Panels, or Workshops for “Using History to Make Slavery History”

A Conference sponsored by Historians Against Slavery

Hosted by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

September 24-27, 2015


This antislavery conference, building on its predecessor sponsored by Historians Against Slavery in 2013, is designed to facilitate dialogue, scholarship, and action in our efforts to end contemporary slavery.  This conference seeks to bring together survivors and other activists from as varied backgrounds as possible, educators at both K-12 and college levels, government officials, and scholars to illuminate vital themes that can inform today’s movement.  The conference organizers are determined to “integrate” panels and workshops, so that scholars and activists constantly share the stage.  We will consider workshops, roundtables, and less traditional academic formats for presentations, as well as traditional academic-style panels.  We hope the conference will offer numerous practical examples of how history might be used to inform modern abolition efforts.

This conference is timed to commemorate and explore the contemporary significance of the sesquicentennial of the ratification of the 13th Amendment in the United States.  Specifically, we are interested in papers and panels exploring what the persistence of slavery means for how we remember and commemorate moments of emancipation like the 13th Amendment.  But we are also very interested in broadening the temporal and spatial scope to include more than the national stories of emancipation in the Anglo-American world in the nineteenth century.  For instance, panels and papers illuminating contemporary lessons from other forms of slavery beyond the Atlantic world, and from abolition efforts after the late nineteenth century, would be especially welcome.  While hoping to engage such global issues, we also hope to explore the local aspects of slavery and abolition in the past and present.

The conference organizers also hope to foster in-depth and critical attention to vital definitional and comparative questions.  Those themes could include, but are not limited to:

  • Which historical parallels best fit contemporary forms of slavery and abolitionist efforts, and which do not?  Why?
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of applying the term “slavery” to contemporary forms of bondage and human trafficking?
  • What can historians and activists learn from each other about how to best leverage the energies and resources of faith groups and governments?

The deadline for proposals is October 15, 2014.  Please send proposals to the program chairs:

Matthew Mason

Associate Professor of History, Brigham Young University



Nikki Taylor

Chair and Professor of History, Texas Southern University



Congratulations to Tiffany Traylor!

Diane Richard-Allerdyce, Ph.D. would like to announce that:

Tiffany Traylor, whose dissertation I chaired with Toni Gregory as co-chair, has been offered and has accepted a tenure-track position as full-time Professor of Humanities at Seminole State College in Florida. Tiffany defended in late 2012 and officially graduated with her PhD in 2013. She will be teaching Introduction to Philosophy, Contemporary Ethics, African-American Humanities, and Women, Culture & Gender beginning August 2014. Of course, I am very proud of Tiffany, as I know Toni would be, as well as all those who helped to guide her through our program. Congratulations, Tiff!

Tushar Gandhi’s Visit to Miles College

Please see attached flyer for details on the following program:


When: 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 8, 2014

Where: Brown Hall Auditorium



Gandhian Principles and Approaches to Internationalization: A Colloquium with Tushar Gandhi



Miles College has strategically worked toward achieving the objective of embarking upon the goal of internationalizing our institution. We now live in a society where human activity and engagement is no longer isolated by borders or ethnicity. Internationalization is here to stay, and the terrain of internationalizing our campuses is no longer optional. The College frequently organizes symposia focusing on global topics that expose the students, faculty, staff, and community to international issues, which will further pique their interest. This colloquium will provide Miles College students and the community with a worldly perspective and an awareness of other cultures.


Tushar Gandhi, great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, will share with Miles College students, faculty, staff and the community how humanitarian influence transcends time, race and geographical boundaries. His presentation will showcase Gandhian principles with an emphasis on solving issues amicably and through love, and how those principles set the tone for many other leaders around the world in general and Martin Luther King in particular, in their quests for justice through peace. Tushar Gandhi’s presentation will be interspersed with personal anecdotes passed onto him through the Mahatma Gandhi lineage that have helped influence, shape and develop his philosophical and social perspectives.