Virginia Universities and Race Histories November 8-9, 2013 in Charlottesville Va

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Sponsored by University and Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE), the Corocan Department of History, and the Carter G. Woodson Institute

Virginia Universities and Race Histories: Complicating Our Narratives
Call for Conference Papers and Panels
The University of Virginia: November 8th and 9th, 2013

This inaugural statewide conference will bring together faculty, students, administrators, staff and community members for dialogue on slavery, its aftermath and its persistent influence on the present at Virginia's colleges and universities. We hope to explore varying traditions and experiences that have to do with race and the myriad ways slavery is remembered or represented. We seek to facilitate dialogue and provide a space for sharing methods of engaging the past. We invite paper and panel proposals on a wide range of topics including, but not exclusively limited to, the following:

Tradition and Identity
How do universities reflect personal and group identities?
How are those identities perpetuated through traditions or policies?

What educational strategies exist to educate students and/or community on slavery, race, or public historical representations of slavery?
What kinds of innovation in education (i.e.experimental classes or teaching methods) provide useful models?

Landscape and memory: art, memorials, spaces
How do landscape and memory interact in physical university exhibits, memorials, art, or tours that engage slavery or race history?
How do space, landscape, memorials, etc., re-write history? Do they?
What relationship does visualization/physicality have to issues of respect, acknowledgement, and apology?

University and community relationships
How does race history impact university-community relationships?
Are there models of community-university partnerships that confront the impacts of slavery and its aftermath?

Issues of educational access and opportunity
How have the rising costs of university tuition, state-wide policies of diminishing support for universities affected representations of slave history?
How are universities in the twenty-first century changing in terms of the demographics of race and class?

Each submission must include a cover page with paper titles, presenters, their affiliations, and current email contact. For individual papers, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words. For panels, submit an overall abstract of no more than 500 words and individual paper descriptions of no more than 250 words. Please submit materials via email to by August 1, 2013.

Conference co-sponsored by UCARE, the Corcoran Department of History, and the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American & African Studies. Please visit our website for more information and updates: