[Blackstudies-l] Fwd: Call for Proposals - 11th Annual UGRR Public History Conference

Emilye Crosby Crosby at geneseo.edu
Mon Sep 5 15:11:04 EDT 2011

> Call for Proposals:
>        “The UGR Turned On Its Head - Old Themes, New Directions”
>                           The Eleventh Annual Underground Railroad  
> Public History Conference
>                  Organized by Underground Railroad History Project  
> of the Capital Region, Inc.
>                                                                                              April 
>  13 - 15, 2012 at Russell Sage College, Troy, New York
> New research on the Underground Railroad, slavery, abolition and the  
> 19th century antebellum period has the potential to turn what we  
> know about the Underground Railroad on its head. Old assumptions  
> such as "There is little documentation of the Underground Railroad",  
> "The UGRR was a string of safe houses to Canada" and numerous other  
> ideas are challenged by new research and interpretations.  New  
> discoveries and interpretations will be the basis for 2012 UGR  
> Public History Conference. We invite proposals that address  
> reinterpretations, new research, teaching using new research, and  
> showing how such research can be used to celebrate the story  
> historically and contemporarily, as well as other proposals related  
> to the Underground Railroad in the past and its relationship with us  
> today.
> Possible questions to be considered:
> ·         What documented details can be gathered regarding UGRR  
> activists and freedom seekers in specific counties and communities?
> ·         What was the role of David Walker, Benjamin Lundy and  
> others before Garrison in the creation of the radical abolitionist  
> movement?
> ·         How did the War of 1812 lay a framework for later escapes  
> by the enslaved?
> ·         How does the story of the re-discovered slave rebellion of  
> 1811 in Louisiana relate to the Northeast or other parts of the  
> country?
> ·         What are the increasingly detailed accounts of UGRR  
> figures such as Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, David Ruggles,  
> Harriet Jacobs and how can
>        they be interpreted for a better understanding of this history?
> ·         How can we preserve the voices of the past and relate them  
> to us today?
> ·         What are the international connections with UGR accounts  
> being reclaimed in the US?
> Proposals on related questions, not directly on this theme, are also  
> welcomed.
> Proposals may be for a 60-minute panel session, workshop, cultural/ 
> artistic activity, media production, poster, or other exhibit that  
> addresses these questions and this theme. When possible, activities  
> should encourage audience interaction. Proposals should include:  
> title, brief content description, type of presentation, names and  
> contact information of presenters, target audience, and technology  
> needs.
> Proposals should be submitted by September 30, 2011
> Via postal mail to URHPCR, PO Box 10851, Albany NY 12201 or via  
> email to urhpcr2012 at gmail.com
> For more information, visit <www.ugrworkshop.com> or call 518-432-4432
> “The gold standard of Underground Railroad conferences...bringing  
> together an extraordinary spectrum of attendees, ranging from noted  
> scholars and authors to large numbers of interested laypeople, in  
> spirited and informative workshops which both bring history alive  
> and open new avenues of research.”
> -- Fergus M. Bordewich, author, Bound for Canaan
> Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc.
> researches, preserves, and retells New York's regional history of  
> the Underground Railroad in its national and international context,  
> highlighting the role of African-American freedom seekers and local  
> abolitionists
> URHPCR is a 501(c) 3 organization

Emilye Crosby
History Department
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
(585) 245-5375
crosby at geneseo.edu

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