An interdisciplinary conference on Sex, Power and Slavery: The Dynamics of Carnal Relations under Enslavement in the Indian Ocean World (defined as Africa from the Cape to Cairo divide eastwards, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia including the Indonesian Archipelago and Australasia, and the Far East) will take place on the campus of McGill University, Montreal, Canada, from Thursday, 19th April to Saturday, 21st April 2007.
Deadline for submission of abstracts is 1st August 2006.
The review process will be completed by 1st October 2006.
Papers selected for the conference must be submitted no later than 1st February 2007.
A wide range of subjects will be given consideration. Prospective participants are asked to consider the following themes:
- sexual relations within the enslaved community
- sexual relations between the enslaved and non-slaves
- sexual relations within maroon communities
- the sex slave traffic
- structures of sexual enslavement
- the harem
- homosexuality and enslavement
- enslaved children and sex
- affective relationships within the enslaved community; between the enslaved and non-slaves
- sex and the enslaved household
- enslavement, sex and the slave-owning household
- enslavement, sex and disease
- enslavement, sex and taboos
- sex and enslavement as reflected in traditions, myths and literature
- sex as slave agency
The conference will follow the Avignon model. Papers will be grouped according to theme, and a summary presented by a discussant during sessions devoted to each theme. Individual authors will NOT present papers; rather, all papers will be posted on the website after 1st February 2007.
Each session will involve a presentation by the discussant, followed by general discussion. Therefore, it is essential that all conference-goers be familiar with all of the papers under consideration. In the interests of fostering debate, the number of conference participants will be limited.
As it is our intention to publish selected papers, participants must submit only original unpublished material, and grant conference convenors exclusive publication rights to their paper for a period of one year following the conference.
The registration fee is $150 US ($60 US for students), payable by 1st March 2007.
The late registration fee (after 1st March 2007) is $200 US ($80 US for students).
All those interested in participating should complete the application (see below) and return by email attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
McGill University, the Centre for Developing-Area Studies (CDAS), the Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC), and the Department of History, McGill University.
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Canada Research Chair in Indian Ocean World History
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