Slave Dwelling Project Conference: Slavery, Resistance, and Community

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Call for Papers
May 1, 2018
Tennessee, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Slavery

Join the Slave Dwelling Project, the Middle Tennessee State University Center for Historic Preservation, and our Pulitzer Prize-winning Keynote Speaker, Colson Whitehead (author of The Underground Railroad, 2016), for the fifth annual Slave Dwelling Project Conference, to be held at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, from October 24-27, 2018.

The themes of the conference are Slavery, Resistance, and Community. We are looking for proposals to speak to a diverse, creative, and thought-provoking range of topics related to each theme or a combination of the themes.

People who attend Slave Dwelling Project conferences are historians, preservationists, students, academics, public historians, historic site staff, re-enactors, storytellers, artists, musicians, and members of the general public. We want to have presentations given by and of interest to these diverse audiences.

Breakout sessions and panels will be held on October 25 and 26. Sessions will be 75 minutes long. You may submit a proposal for an individual paper or for a panel along with 2-3 colleagues. Your talk may focus on tools and methods, concepts and frameworks, or the story of a project and lessons learned. Build in audience interaction.

The deadline to submit a proposal is May 1, 2018. Submit by e-mail to

Proposals should include:

  • Name; title, if any; and institutional affiliation, if any
  • Contact information: E-mail address; phone number; mailing address
  • Title of the talk or panel
  • Brief abstract of the paper, or of each paper in a panel: a narrative of up to 500 words summarizing the main points; describing the format; and indicating which of the conference themes the talk or panel fits into (Slavery, Resistance, Community)
  • Anticipated AV or technology needs: sound system, flip charts, other

Presenters will be notified whether their proposal has been accepted no later than June 15, 2018. Once accepted, presenters will receive notification of the opening of the conference registration site and a reminder to register for the conference and make travel and lodging arrangements. A link and phone number for block-rate hotel space will be provided.

Materials submitted as part of the proposal process cannot be returned but will be handled with care. Copyrights and trademarks will be respected throughout the proposal review process and subsequently.

Questions? Contact a Conference Team Member at


Contact Info: 

Antoinette G. van Zelm, Assistant Director, MTSU Center for Historic Preservation

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