CFP: Conference on Black History in the Hudson Valley - October 3, 2020

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Call for Papers
June 1, 2020
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Atlantic History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Maritime History / Studies, Slavery

Call for Proposals - Conference on Black History in the Hudson Valley

The Hudson River Maritime Museum, the Library at the A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Center, TMI Project’s Black Stories Matter, the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, the Harambee Coalition, and the Kingston Land Trust/Pine Street African Burial Ground Project are seeking proposals for the Conference on Black History in the Hudson Valley, Saturday, October 3, 2020. The conference will be held at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY 12401.

The focus of this one-day conference with concurrent sessions is the history of Black and African-American residents in the Hudson River Valley of New York State, including communities and work along the canals and tributaries of the Hudson River.

Presentations of topics from any historical era are welcome. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Slavery & abolition
  • Afro-Dutch life
  • Free Black communities
  • Reconstruction
  • Great Migration
  • Industrial labor
  • Waterfront histories
  • Canal labor
  • Transportation
  • Fishing
  • Food & agriculture
  • Suffrage
  • Black press
  • Music & entertainment
  • Art
  • Civil Rights
  • African burial grounds

Proposal types may include:

  • Lectures/Powerpoints with Q&A
  • In-progress research presentations
  • Live performances (performers please submit a sample recording with your proposal)
  • Roundtable discussions (audience participation required)
  • Workshops, such as genealogy, research, reading discussions, etc.

Proposals should include: (1) title, (2) type of presentation, (3) content description of no more than 500 words, (4) name of presenter(s), including title and/or affiliation, and full contact information, (5) technology needs. All presentations should be geared toward a lay audience of all ages.

Presenters are welcome to submit 20 minute presentations individually or as a panel of three presenters. Individual submissions will be placed on panels by conference staff. Workshops, roundtable discussions, and performances may be no more than 80 minutes long. All locations will have projector & screen. Those needing audio equipment please note in your submission. Presenters interested in selling materials related to their presentation including authors interested in selling their books and/or doing a book signing, please include this request in your submission.

Please submit all materials to  Submissions are due Monday, June 1, 2020. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by Friday, July 31, 2020. Accepted presenters will have their conference fee waived as a courtesy.

For more information on the conference, including past sessions, visit

Contact Info: 

The Hudson River Maritime Museum is located in Kingston, NY - about 90 miles north of New York City. Located on the historic Rondout waterfront, the Hudson River Maritime Museum was established in 1979 to collect, preserve, research, exhibit, and interpret a collection of historical artifacts related to the maritime heritage of the Hudson River and its tributaries. For more information about the Hudson River Maritime Museum, visit 

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