CFP: Imagining Transatlantic Slavery and Abolition (9/15/06; 3/16/07-3/17/07)

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White S.
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16-17 MARCH 2007

2007 will be the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British
transatlantic slave trade. To mark this event, Dr John Oldfield
(University of Southampton) and Professor Cora Kaplan (Southampton and
Queen Mary, University of London) are organizing a 2 day international
conference on 16 and 17 March, 2007 that will explore cultural and
historical representations of slavery and abolition from the eighteenth
century through the present. The conference will focus on the
relationship between history, cultural memory and transatlantic slavery.
It will highlight both historical and contemporary examples, and
welcomes papers on all those geographical areas involved in
transatlantic slavery, including Africa and the United States, which in
2008 will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the
American transatlantic slave trade.

Plenary speakers/panels include: Professor Beth Kowaleski-Wallace,
Professor Moira Ferguson, and Professor Catherine Hall.

The conference, co-sponsored by Chawton House Library and the University
of Southampton, will be held at Chawton House Library in Hampshire, an
Elizabethan manor house that once belonged to Jane Austen's brother. An
independent research library and study centre, it focuses on women's
writing in English from 1600 to 1830 and houses a magnificent collection
of early editions.

We are particularly interested in contributions on the following topics:

* Cultural representations of slavery and anti-slavery --
literature, visual art, theatre, performance, film.
* Women's writing on anti-slavery-18th/19th century and its 20th
and 21st century legacies.
* Women's participation in anti-slavery campaigns.
* Slave narrative.
* Teaching the history and representation of slavery and
* Critical and historiographical debates on slavery and abolition.
* Contemporary debates over reparations and/or apologies for
transatlantic slavery.
* Contemporary debates over the representation of slavery in
museums and other public spaces, particularly with 2007 in
* The treatment and interpretation of historical sites associated
with slavery in Africa, the Caribbean and the United States.
* Historical examples of how transatlantic slavery has been
commemorated in the past; and contemporary debates surrounding
how it might be commemorated in the present and the future.

Abstracts should be no more than one page. Papers should be no more
than 15-20 minutes long. Please send abstracts to Ms. Sandy White,
e-mail: by 15 September 2006.

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