CFP DEADLINE EXTENDED: Subversion, Slavery, and the Work of Empire (Providence, 23-24 April 2020)

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Subversion, Slavery, and the Work of Empire
Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island
April 23 & 24, 2020
(Proposal Deadline Extended to 27 January 2020)

Atlantic history has been characterized by a series of relentless rebellions, uprisings, and challenges to racial slavery, exploited and coerced labor, and colonial rule. The subversion of work in slavery-based and colonial contexts ranged from individual acts of escape and theft to collective actions and uprisings-- most dramatically socio-political revolutions. The purpose of this one-day workshop is to bring together papers that examine relationships between slavery, subversion and revolt, and the work of empire across and beyond the Atlantic world. 

We invite paper proposals that address subjects including: gender, sexual, and kinship relations that disrupt imperial projects; enslaved people’s uprisings and the subsequent remaking of colonial rule; connections between settlers and colonial subjects in slaveholding societies; imperial impositions of gender, sexual, and kinship norms; the role of empires in shaping practices of enslavement across geographic spaces; indigeneity and indigenous slavery; the end of legalized racial slavery in the remaking of empires; the meaning of moments of seeming quietude within slavery and imperial contexts; and enslaved people’s views of inter-imperial competition and conflict. We welcome proposals on regions and time periods across Atlantic world history. Proposals that extend beyond these potential topics will also receive full consideration.

Proposal submissions consisting of an abstract of no more than 300 words and a C.V. should be sent to by January 27th. The workshop will feature pre-circulated papers followed by commentary and discussion. Some funding may be available for conference participants to help offset travel and lodging expenses. 

Workshop Organizers

Zach Sell, Visiting Assistant Professor, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University

Crystal Eddins, Assistant Professor, Africana Studies, University of North Carolina-Charlotte

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