CFP: Colonization as Reparation. This proposed panel for the 2010 ASA conference will consider how the logic of future colonization complements—or contradicts—narratives of an imagined American past. We are particularly, but not exclusively, interested in how the African Colonization Society (1816-1964) imagined its mission as capable of repairing past sins—against African Americans, against Africa, and against the United States’s own imagined national investment in equality. Colonizationists imagined the deportation of millions of native-born Americans as a restorative homecoming for them—a return to the “land of their fathers.” Yet the ACS also sought to reenact the original colonial errand to New England, with African Americans playing the pilgrim’s role. How did African Americans refute, re-imagine and ultimately transform this proposed return to the homeland? How did the debate over colonization shape concepts about where the boundaries of nation could and could not be located? We are particularly interested in the debates surrounding African colonization, but we also welcome any paper that considers how the futuristic imperial logic of colonization impacts the imagined past of the evolution of the U.S. as a nation-state.
Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words to Anna Mae Duane by January 15th at firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com.
Anna Mae Duane
Associate Professor, English; Director, American Studies
Department of English
215 Glenbrook Avenue Unit 4025
Storrs CT 06269 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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