CFP: African-American Coal Miners (9/1/06; 3/16/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Gib Prettyman
contact email: 

Paper proposals are invited for a conference entitled "Living Together,
Working Together: African-American Miners and the Coal Culture of
Southwestern Pennsylvania, 1870-1970." The conference is sponsored by the
Coal and Coke Heritage Center at The Pennsylvania State University's
Fayette Campus and is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical
and Museum Commission. It will be held March 16, 2007. We have funding to
publish selected papers in a conference proceedings.

Papers from all disciplinary perspectives (history, labor history, oral
history, literature, American studies, African-American studies, sociology,
folklore, etc.) are welcome. Graduate students are encouraged to
participate, as are independent scholars and amateur
historians. Presentations should be 20-30 minutes in length, and
conference participants will be strongly urged to present their subjects in
conversational form rather than reading a written text.

Preference will be given to papers with demonstrable relevance to the
bituminous coal culture of southwestern Pennsylvania and surrounding
areas. However, proposals on all relevant topics are welcomed. Topics
covered might include (but are not limited to):
-- Experiences of African-American miners and their families
-- Histories of race and ethnicity in bituminous coal fields and towns
-- Ethnic divisions of labor in the mines and related industries
-- Race and ethnicity in mining and labor histories
-- Microhistories of mining families, organizations, or towns
-- Oral histories, folk histories, biographies, or family genealogies
-- Folk cultures and institutions in southwestern Pennsylvania
-- Segregation, desegregation, or multiculturalism in industries and
-- Pop culture representations of race and/or ethnicity in mining regions
-- Mining literature and lore
-- Relevant issues in African-American historiography
Email submissions or inquiries preferred. Send proposals of 250 words or
less by September 1, 2006 to:
Gib Prettyman
Associate Professor of English
Penn State Fayette
P.O. Box 519
Uniontown, PA 15401

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