The Promised Land Community-University Research Alliance invites community researchers, educators, museum workers, graduate students, and academics to submit proposals for presentations at the third annual Public Symposium, African Canadian History in Southwestern Ontario: Connecting Past and Present, to be held March 5-7, 2010 at the University of Windsor. As a bridge between Black History Month in February and International Women’s Day, the symposium will be built around three central themes:
1. African Canadian history, with a preference for the history of Southwestern Ontario or regional history of Ontario/Michigan;
2. Current social justice issues--including work on coerced or indentured labour, race, multiculturalism, the African diaspora and identity in Canada—and their historical context;
3. Women and gender in African Canadian history.
Proposals that fit one of the Promised Land Project’s four areas of concentration (History and Archives; Education-Community Links; Media and Theatric Production; Multicultural Dialogue) are particularly encouraged. We seek a variety of submissions from a broad range of participants across the community-university alliance, and welcome proposals for research papers, poster presentations, artistic work and performance, or work that reports on collaborative initiatives in the areas of education, social justice and public history.
Guidelines for submitting proposals:
Presentations will be 15-20 minutes in length. Please submit a 200-word proposal that describes the research question or theme to be explored in your paper/presentation; the method or approach used to address it; and the format (paper, poster, performance etc) of your presentation. The proposal should also tell us how your presentation is related to the symposium themes, and identify the research area (History and Archives; Education-Community Links; Media and Theatrical Production; Multicultural Dialogue) to which your work will contribute.
Proposals, along with your name, and contact information, should be sent via email by October 2, 2009, to Devin Andrews, Promised Land Project Community Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone 519.352.7354 x4601. A decision from the program committee will be made by November 15, 2009. Some contributors to the symposium will be invited to submit papers for publication.
About the Project:
The Promised Land Project (PLP) is a multi disciplinary Community University Research Alliance funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council. The PLP studies the history of early black settlements in Chatham-Kent, and highlights the ways in which the “Promised Land” communities have shaped Canada's experience and understanding of multiculturalism. The PLP has a five-year mandate (2007-2012) to preserve primary historical materials and make them accessible; to develop educational materials; to create community projects in the arts and in Public History; to further debates on the historical and contemporary manifestations of diversity in Canada; and to encourage new interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching on themes of slavery, race, identity, and African diaspora. For more information about the Promised Land Project, visit our website: http://lamacs.arts.uottawa.ca/plp.htm
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