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Slavery, Anti-slavery and the Road to Freedom
Halifax World Trade Centre, 28-30 June 2007

Commemoration 2007 will mark the 200th anniversary of the end of slave trade and will also commemorate four centuries of black history in Nova Scotia. Commemoration 2007 will include a variety of cultural activities and events. The suite of activities, which will take place from 27-30 June, is intended to reach members of the public, of heritage organizations, academics, educators and others. Events will include public lectures, concerts, and an academic conference, which will highlight the black experience in North America and the international context(s) that shaped that experience.

The conference, "Slavery, Anti-Slavery and the Road to Freedom," is seeking papers that explore the topics of slavery, the anti-slavery movement, the legacies of slavery and the transition to freedom. Conference organizers are particularly interested in papers that explore new themes, those focused on the colonial empires of both Britain and France and proposals that offer comparative perspectives. We also welcome proposals that specifically address the ways in which slavery, anti-slavery and related topics have been incorporated into curricular materials for schools or universities, new approaches to interpreting
these themes for members of the public, and related topics.

Proposals for individual papers, sessions, and workshops should be no longer than one single-spaced page and should be accompanied by a short curriculum vitae for each presenter. Proposals may be submitted in either French or English. The deadline for submissions is 15 February 2007. Submissions will be adjudicated by members of the program committee.

Commemoration 2007 is intended to initiate new activities pertaining to the black experience in the Atlantic region, throughout North America and beyond. Presenters will be asked to contribute their abstracts and conference papers to an interactive website that will help to disseminate conference materials to the broadest possible audience. Selected conference papers may also be published in an edited collection.

Please direct proposals to:

Commemoration 2007

Peter L. Twohig, PhD
Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor
c/o Gorsebrook Research Institute
Saint Mary's University