Prison, Power, and Protest in Black History

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Call for Papers
October 3, 2018 to October 7, 2018
Missouri, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Law and Legal History, Social History / Studies

            This call for papers is for a proposed panel for the upcoming 103rd meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Indianapolis, IN between OCT 3-7 2018. (The panel has not yet been submitted to ASALH and I am currently collecting abstracts for the submission.) Once assembled, the panel will focus on themes of black legal confinement across the 20th century, and attempts to resist, protest, and dismantle unfair systems of incarceration. Papers on convict labor, imprisonment, parole, and execution are welcomed including work on broader themes such as mass incarceration, the war on drugs, and sentencing disparities. More specifically, papers that explore the depth of the experience of convicts, resistance to the impact of incarceration, and movements, ideologies, or cultures of opposition, are most fitting. Individual presentations will be 15-20 minutes in length with a question and answer period at the end of the panel.

            To apply as a panelist, please submit a CV and a short (500 word or less) abstract of the paper you would like to present by MARCH 10 to ( Submission of the full panel proposal to ASALH is due APRIL 1, so papers will be selected before that date. Further details about the exact time and date of the panel will be determined after the panel is accepted by ASALH. However, it will certainly take place during the time of the conference between OCT 3-7 2018.

To discuss your submission, or if you have any queries, please contact the panel organizer and panelist:

Dr. Douglas Flowe:

Assistant Professor of History

Washington University in St. Louis

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Dr. Douglas Flowe

Assistant Professor

Washington University in St. Louis


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