Conference Plantation Societies in Comparative Perspective at the University of Pittsburgh on October 14-15, 2022.

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Call for Papers
October 14, 2022 to October 15, 2022
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
Race Studies, Atlantic History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Slavery



The Working Group on Comparative Slavery (Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University and The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh) invites you to submit an abstract of a paper to be delivered at an international conference entitled Plantation Societies in Comparative Perspective at the University of Pittsburgh on October 14-15, 2022.


The goal of the conference is twofold:

First, to render in its full complexity the idea of a “plantation society” by bringing together scholars who are studying slavery in different spaces and times, using diverse theoretical frameworks.

Second, sharing a diversity of methodological perspectives (comparative, trans-national, trans-imperial) can help build a more comprehensive approach to this complex subject.


We welcome submissions from scholars working beyond Atlantic frameworks, approaches that compare two or more plantation spaces, compare non-plantation sites of slavery with plantation sites, or study plantation-related themes in one site that can be compared more broadly.


Potential themes include but are not limited to:

  • Law/Violence/Punishment
  • Commodities/Labor Regimes
  • Manumission
  • Race/Gender
  • Resistance
  • Slave Trade
  • Indigenous Populations
  • Post-emancipation/Memory
  • Visual Arts/Architecture
  • Archaeology/Material Cultures


Abstracts should be sent by July 15 and the final paper by October 1 to Both abstracts and papers may be submitted in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Preference will be given to in-person presentations.


The conference will also honor the memory and legacy of Professor Ricardo Henrique Salles, who sadly passed away in November 2021.  Professor Salles taught at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and made key contributions to the scholarship of 19th-century Brazilian history, most notably in the fields of slavery, elite formation, and national identity.