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Traces and Memories of Slavery in the Atlantic World

University of Montpellier, France
1-2 December, 2016

Keynote Speakers
Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University)
Christine Chivallon (Research Director, CNRS)

The Traces and Memories of Slavery in the Atlantic World conference sets out to interrogate how descendants reconstruct the history of their ancestors when transatlantic slavery is one of the variables of the memorial process. The conference also aims at examining the extent to which, by a process of collectivization of personal or family memories and (hi)stories, social actors of the present not only partake in generating and consolidating group identities but also how they foster « the emergence of the memory of slavery in public space. »[8] In addition to assessing the cultural and symbolic redistribution which are enabled by the commemoration, the museification and the patrimonialization of the memory of slavery, this conference aims at probing the constraints which determine the inscription of this memory in the public sphere and the extent to which social demand, especially in the context of the obligation of remembrance, influences the production of historical know ledge and sometimes leads to conflicts of memory.

The themes this conference endeavors to explore include, but are not limited to:
– the history and memory of slavery;
– the memorialization of slavery;
– the canonization of the memory of slavery;
– representation(s) of slavery;
– the commemoration, the museification and the patrimonialization of the memory of slavery;
– places and conditions of the production of knowledge on slavery and its circulation;
– the legacy/cies of slavery and the (re)construction of (collective) identity;
– slavery and genealogy;
– sources and archives on slavery.

Submission guidelines
The languages of the conference are English and French. Please send proposals of no more than 300 words in English or French (for papers or panels) and a brief CV mentioning your institutional affiliation to traces2016@gmail.com by February 29, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be sent by March 31, 2016. We welcome papers that cover any region of the Atlantic World as well as proposals for round table discussions.

Conference Organizers:
Lawrence Aje (Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier – EMMA)
Nicolas Gachon (Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier – EMMA)

Posted: February 12, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers