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



CFP: Slave Narratives

Slave Narratives


Pennsylvania, United States

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Call for Papers – Slave Narratives (NeMLA 2014)

This panel seeks fresh   approaches to the slave narrative through the lens of the relationship   between white editors and the former slaves. How do these narratives portray   the encounters between black slaves on the one hand and white editors and   characters in or outside the text on the other? How do neo-slave narratives   complicate this relationship? And how do, for example, the cinematic   contribution to the slave narrative by Tennessee-born director Quentin   Tarantino or Valery Martin’s historical novel Property reframe the problem of   the white editor? Please submit abstracts to Peter Becker   (

45th Annual Convention,   Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) April 3-6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University


Peter Becker, PhD
Harvard University
1 Bow Street
Cambridge, MA 02138


Call for Papers on Huxley’s BRAVE NEW WORLD

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The rapidly growing Critical Insights series serves a number of   purposes, the most important of which is to support undergraduate education   by compiling volumes that are both useful to teachers and accessible to   students. These volumes compile essays on a variety of literary themes,   genres, authors, and texts that are relevant to the content of undergraduate
literature courses. Currently, contributions of original material (not   previously published) are sought for the Critical Insights volume on Aldous   Huxley’s Brave New World volume. The following items are needed:

4000-5000 word introductory   cultural/historical context chapter [Critical Contexts section]

4000-5000 word introductory   compare/contrast chapter [Critical Contexts section]

4000-5000 word introductory   critical reception chapter [Critical Contexts section]

4000-5000 word introductory   critical lens chapter [Critical Contexts section]

ten 5000-word chapters on   topics related to Brave New World, as proposed by the authors of those   chapters.

Essays should be submitted via   e-mail, preferably as a Word attachment, by December 1, 2013. Authors of   essays will receive an honorarium of $250, but no copy of the volume–though   copies will likely be available at a discount. Those potentially interested   in contributing should send an inquiry or brief proposal to the volume   editor, Professor M. Keith Booker, at


M. Keith Booker
Department of English
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Race and New York in the Twentieth Century

Call for Submissions:Race and New York in the twentieth century


New York, United States

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New York History: A Quarterly Journal of the New York State Historical   Association, the only scholarly, peer reviewed, journal devoted entirely to   the history of New York State, invites submissions for an issue devoted to   race and New York in the twentieth century.

All papers based on the general   topic of race and New York in the twentieth century will be considered.   Especially welcome are essays examining understudied histories of race and   New York, articles complicating the black/white dichotomy, studies on race outside   of New York City, emerging and exciting historiographies, including whiteness   studies, black power studies, and civil rights activism before Brown, as well   as histories shedding light on pressing social issues in our time, such as   immigration, mass incarceration, institutional racism, affirmative action, to   name a few. Essays analyzing shifts in conceptions and applications of race   and racism are also desirable.

Over the course of the   twentieth century, New York State racially diversified, reflecting a national   shift. The white population percentage, which had persisted in the 97th or   98th percentile since 1820, had fallen to 74.4 percent in 1990. The sudden   immigration into New York State of African Americans over the first seven   decades of the twentieth century and Latinos and Asian Americans during the   final three decades produced a fascinating racial history. New communities   were developed. New cultures were introduced. New voices and perspectives   were heard. New forms of grievances emerged. New bands of activists and new   brands of activism came to the fore. Like everywhere else in the United   States, New York was always becoming new, but race stood, along with other   key factors, at the apex of this newness in the twentieth century. As   historians remember and honor the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation   Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the climax year of the Civil Rights   Movement, New York History is poised to examine race and New York in the   twentieth century.

The editor for this special issue   is Ibram X. Kendi (formerly Ibram H. Rogers), an assistant professor of   Africana Studies at University at Albany – SUNY. He is the author of the   award-winning book, The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial   Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972. He is finishing his second   monograph, entitled Mind Games: A Narrative History of Racist Ideas from the   1660s to the Present, and an edited volume entitled, Malcolm’s Children: A   History of Black Power in New York.

New York History (ISSN   0146-437X) is published four times a year by the New York State Historical   Association and the State University of New York at Oneonta. Articles,   ranging from 4,500 to 6,000 words in length, should be typed, double-spaced,   and submitted with double spaced endnotes conforming to the Chicago Manual of   Style. The deadline for submission to this special issue is November 15,   2013. We ask authors to submit manuscripts electronically to:

The New York State Historical   Association
Publications Department
c/o Caitlin Miosek, Publications Assistant
PO Box 800
Cooperstown, NY 13326


Caitlin Miosek
Publications Associate
New York State Historical Association
PO BOX 800
Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-1416
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Women, Gender, and Sexuality

BSA’s 2014 New Scholars Program

Applications Invited for BSA’s 2014 New Scholars Program; Deadline   Extended to Sept. 15, 2013


New York, United States

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Each year, the Bibliographical Society of America (BSA) invites three   scholars in the early stages of their careers to present twenty-minute papers   on their current, unpublished research in the field of bibliography as   members of a panel at BSA’s Annual Meeting, which takes place in New York   City in late January. The New Scholars Program seeks to promote the work of   scholars who are new to the field of bibliography, broadly defined to include   any research that deals with the creation, production, publication,   distribution, reception, transmission, and subsequent history of texts as   material objects (print or manuscript).

Those selected for the panel   receive $600 toward the cost of attending the Annual Meeting and a   complimentary one-year membership in BSA.

For more about the New Scholars   Program and application procedures, see:

The application deadline has   been extended to Sept. 15, 2013.

With apologies for   cross-posting.


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Director, Special Collections Research Center
Lauinger Library, Georgetown University
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Women, Gender & Sexuality, Southwest Popular Culture Conference

Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Southwest Popular Culture Conference,   Feb. 19-22, 2014; Proposals Nov. 1, 2013


New Mexico, United States

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Proposals are welcomed on any aspect of Women, Gender, and Sexuality   in Popular/American Culture. Topics which address the conference theme of   “Popular and American Culture Studies: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” are   especially invited. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the   following:

• Television, Film, &   Fictional Depictions of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
• Western & Non-Western Queer Identities
• Polyamorous /Polyandrous, GQ, and/or Transsexual Subjectivities
• Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Folk Culture, Art, History
• Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Politics, Business, or Industry

Submit your proposal directly   into the conference database at:

Dr. Pat Tyrer, Area Chair
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
West Texas A&M University
Canyon, Texas 79016-0001
(806) 651-2476
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Location: Australia

Conference Date: 2014-10-31
Date Submitted: 2013-07-31
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The inaugural cross-institutional and inter-disciplinary conference convened by Deakin University and the Jewish Holocaust Centre, to be held in Melbourne, Australia, Dates: 6-8 July, 2014
Venues: Deakin University and the Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne

‘Questions about the ethics of representation are gaining urgency at a time when ever more diverse forms of Holocaust representation are emerging worldwide…’
—Libby Saxton, Haunted Images: Film, Ethics, Testimony and the Holocaust

The proliferation of depictions of the Holocaust and other traumatic events in popular culture and elsewhere demands continued attention to the means by which complex human experiences are communicated to and negotiated by contemporary audiences. From Anne Rothe’s Popular Trauma Culture to Alvin H. Rosenfeld’s The End of the Holocaust, recent scholarship has engaged with the ethics of different representational strategies—strategies that become progressively diverse with expanding technological innovations. Yet many questions remain unanswered. This conference aims to expose and explore key issues relating to the Holocaust, genocide and mass trauma, contributing to ongoing debates over historical and cultural representation.

Paper proposals might address, but are not limited to, the following topics:
● The limitations and possibilities of digital media in depicting traumatic pasts
● New research in Holocaust and genocide film, literature, art, and testimony
● The future of remembering traumatic events in monuments and museums
● Mediating gender, sexual violence and trauma
● The politics of identification and reception in representations of perpetrators
● The appropriation of the Holocaust as a metaphor for contemporary traumas
● Mediating trauma in the now via mobile screens and instant uploads
● Pedagogical uses of genocide representations in and out of the classroom

Please submit a 200 word abstract and short biographical statement for paper proposals to Adam Brown and Danielle Christmas by 31 October 2013.
Panel proposals will also be accepted, which should include a brief 200 word outline of the panel as a whole followed by individual abstracts and bios.

‘Lightning sessions’ (of 5 minute presentations with discussion) will be available for students who do not wish to present a full paper. Please identify this preference and submit a 100-150 word abstract consisting of a short summary of research, a specific case-study, or a methodological problem.

A number of travel/accommodation bursaries will be available – please see the conference website for details.

A selection of papers from the conference will be published as a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal.

Full details of the conference are available at:

Adam Brown
Deakin University
Melbourne, Australia
Phone: +613 9244 3956
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