2007–08: Imagining Transatlantic Slavery and Abolition
Call for Papers Date:
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) will guest edit a special issue of Patterns of Prejudice to be published in July 2007 that will explore the relationship between history, memory and transatlantic slavery. Articles will cover historical and/or contemporary examples, and might concern all those geographical areas involved in transatlantic slavery, including Africa and the United States, which in 2008 will celebrate 200th anniversary of the abolition of the American transatlantic slave trade.
We are particularly interested in contributions that address the following issues:
• historiographical perspectives on New World slavery
• cultural representations of slavery (these might include literature, art, theatre and performance)
• 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 mind
• 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.
One-page proposals for papers (maximum 7,000 words) addressing these and related questions should be submitted by e-mail before 15 May 2006. All contributions must be the original work of the author/s and will be subject to peer review.
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