Conference

Avignon Conference on Slavery and Unfree Labour
Children and Slavery
20-22 May 2004

 CALL FOR PAPERS

An international conference on Children and Slavery will be held in Avignon from 20-22 May 2004. It will examine children, childhood and child-bearing in slavery in different regions from Antiquity to the present day, including the systems involved (indigenous and 'imported'), the means employed to enslave children, and the child slave's tactics of survival.

The themes to be considered will include:

-    Definitions, historical and contemporary: 'child' and 'child slave' (terminologies and meanings)
-    The economic roles of the child slave
-    The girl slave as intended concubine/wife
-    Pederasty
-    Eunuchs
-    The child slave soldier
-    Children in contemporary forms of slavery
-    Infancy in slavery
-    Demographics of child slavery (mortality, disease, 'reproduction', sex ratios…)
-    The traffic in child slaves (sources and markets; structure, finance and personnel; transport and routes; prices and profits)
-    Does debt bondage/pawnship of children overlap with slavery?
-    Child development under slavery: obedience, discipline and misbehaviour in relation to (slave) mothers; (slave) fathers; (free) fathers; masters
-    The child in the slave 'family'
-    The child slave and culture, ideology and religion
-    'Memory' and the child slave
-    Rites of passage for slave children
-    The child slave in literature
-    Survival tactics of the child slave
-    The roles of child slave 'maroons' (their status and function, and child-adult maroon relations)
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Participants are equally invited to take into consideration recently published research on slavery and wherever valid to draw contrasts with slave systems outside their area of study. Of note here is research indicating that the role of children and women in slavery was much more important than has been assumed in the past.

Those interested are asked to send the organisers a title and one paragraph abstract of their proposed paper, in English or French before 30th September 2003. Those accepted must send their final by e-mail or on disk (IBM - Word 6 or more recent) before 1st March 2004. Each participant will subsequently be able to access the other conference papers. This will enable all participants to be able to read and comment on other papers prior to the conference.

The conference will be organised on a model adopted at the slavery conferences held in Avignon since the mid 1990s. The aim is make the sessions as accessible as possible to all participants, to advance the debate, and to assist participants in subsequent revision of their papers.

·    The workshop will be organised in thematic sessions, which all participants are expected to attend.
·    The sessions will be held in English.
·    Each session will be led by a discussant who will present a 30-minute summary of papers, relevant to the session topic - to be followed by discussion.
·    Authors will NOT be asked to present their papers personally.
·    As it is intended to publish selected papers, workshop papers should not have been published or accepted for publication, or be currently under review elsewhere.

It is planned to publish selected workshop papers. Authors of selected papers will be expected to revise their work in the light of the workshop discussions and editorial comment.

It is also planned to organise a visit to the Châteauneuf du Pape vineyards.


The registration fee of 150 Euros (120 Euros for students) should be paid by 30 April 2004.

Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements,

We reserve the right to refuse those not adhering to the above conditions.

Those interested in participating in the conference should contact:

Gwyn Campbell

PRATIC
UFR/SLA
University of Avignon
74 rue Louis Pasteur
Case No.19
84029 Avignon
Cedex 1
France
Tel.: (+33) 04.90.16.27.18
Fax: (+33) 04.90.16.27.19
e-mail: (please copy to second address)
gwyn.campbell@univ-avignon.fr / gcampb3195@aol.com

Avignon Conference on Slavery and Unfree Labour
20-22 May 2004
Children and Slavery

Name:
Institution:
Status:
Postal address
e-mail address:
Title of proposed paper:
Abstract (one paragraph):
Please complete and return to:
Gwyn Campbell
PRATIC
UFR/SLA
University of Avignon
74 rue Louis Pasteur
Case No.19
84029 Avignon
Cedex 1
France
tel.: (+33) 04.90.16.27.18
Fax: (+33) 04.90.16.27.19
e-mail: (please copy to second address)
gwyn.campbell@univ-avignon.fr / gcampb3195@aol.com

York/UNESCO Nigerian Hinterland Project
Department of History, York University,  Toronto, Canada
Email: nigerian@yorku.ca
Fax: (416) 650-8173