CFP: Conference on Black History in the Hudson Valley - Saturday, October 2, 2021

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Call for Papers
October 2, 2021
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Maritime History / Studies, Local History

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, and Harambee/the Pine Street African Burial Ground Project are seeking proposals for the Conference on Black History in the Hudson Valley, Saturday, October 2, 2021. The in-person conference will be held in Kingston, NY and also broadcast virtually via Zoom.

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.

Presenters who wish to participate remotely, please indicate that and your time zone in your proposal.

Please submit all materials to  Submissions are due Monday, August 23, 2021. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by Friday, September 3, 2021. Accepted presenters will have their conference fee waived as a courtesy and may attend in-person or virtually. 

Contact Info: 

Sarah Wassberg Johnson, Director of Exhibits & Outreach, Hudson River Maritime Museum

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