[UPDATE] Virginia Universities and Race Histories conference November 8-9, 2013

full name / name of organization: 
UCARE (University and Community Action for Racial Equity)

Virginia Universities and Race Histories
Call for Proposals
The University of Virginia: November 8th (evening) and 9th, 2013

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

Tradition and Identity
• How do institutions of higher education 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 innovative education models exist (i.e. experimental classes or teaching methods)? How have they been successful?

Landscape and memory: art, memorials, spaces
• How do landscape and memory at institutions of higher education represent slavery and race history through physical exhibits, memorials, art, or tours?
• How do space, landscape, memorials, etc., re-write history? Do they?
• What relationship does visualization/physicality have to issues of respect, acknowledgement, and apology?

Community relationships
• How does race history impact relationships between the community and institutions of higher education?
• What are effective models of partnerships between institutions of higher education and the communities in which they reside that address the impacts of slavery and its aftermath?
• What are meaningful ways to redress the policies of past and current conditions that are meaningful to communities?

Issues of educational access and opportunity
• How do rising costs of tuition and state-wide policies influence the representations of slave history at institutions of higher education?
• How are institutions of higher education in the twenty-first century changing in terms of the demographics of race and class?

Each proposal must indicate presentation time length, title, names of presenter(s), and current email contact(s). Additionally, each proposal should include a summary of presentation content of no more than 500 words which specifies the format that will be used (i.e. paper, panel discussion, workshop, discussion, etc.). Summary should clearly indicate the relevance of the proposed presentation to the conference and any audio/visual/non-technology needs. Preference will be given to proposals that are interactive and equip participants with the tools to take action. Please submit materials via email to universitiesandracehistories@gmail.com by August 1, 2013.

Conference co-sponsored by UCARE, the University of Virginia (UVa) Corcoran Department of History, UVa Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American & African Studies and the UVa Office for Diversity and Equity.

Please visit our website for more information and updates: http://virginiaslaveryconference.wordpress.com/