The Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center of Norfolk State University (NSU), in partnership with the Hampton History Museum is hosting a two-day conference, 1619: Making of America conference that will be held in Hampton and Norfolk, VA on September 26-27, 2013. This conference will offer scholars and participants from various disciplines a unique platform to engage in dialogue on important issues defining new interpretations of 1619 in American history.
This conference seeks to place the events stemming from 1619 within the context of Atlantic migration, culture, and race, and will emphasize the wide-ranging, familiar, and mobile character of the African Diaspora.
Abstracts/Panel proposals Prospective presenters should submit an abstract of 500 words or less including the presenter’s name, title of paper, institutional affiliation, and contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email address) and should be submitted as Microsoft Word files. Please note that acceptance of an abstract for the conference automatically grants the conference organizers the right to publish it in the conference program and website. Upon acceptance, presenters are required to register for at least one day of the conference.
Selected conference papers may be published in an edited book.
We are soliciting papers that will reflect one of the following conference themes:
1619 in Literature and Popular Culture;
Authorship of History and our understanding of the past;
From “Slave” to Contraband and Beyond;
Creolization in the Atlantic World;
Dimensions of the African Diaspora and the “Black Atlantic” in the Early Modern Era;
Foodways, Emerging Diseases, Pandemics, and Haplotyping in 1619;
Joseph Jenkins Roberts and the American Colonization Society (ACS);
Tidewater region in the first decades of contact;
Negotiating Leadership through Diaspora Networks;
Race, Law, and Slavery in Early America;
Slaveholding Institutions: Reconciling with the past; and What It Means to be American.
The conference is sponsored in part, by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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