[Blackstudies-l] Call for Papers: The Legacy of Slavery and Indentured Labour

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ivetteromero posted: " Here is a Call for Papers for a conference on
Slavery, Indentured Labour, Migration, Diaspora and Identity Formation to
take place June 19-23th, 2018, in Paramaribo, Suriname. The central theme
is “Linking the past to the future: how can knowledge of th"
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*Here is a Call for Papers for a conference on Slavery, Indentured Labour,
Migration, Diaspora and Identity Formation to take place June 19-23th,
2018, in Paramaribo, Suriname. The central theme is “Linking the past to
the future: how can knowledge of the past contribute to a better future?”
The deadline for submissions is December 20, 2017.*

The conference will commemorate the 165th anniversary of Chinese
immigration, the 155th anniversary of abolition of slavery, the 145th
anniversary of immigration of East Indians, the 128th anniversary of
immigration of Indonesians, and the 50th Anniversary of the Anton de Kom
University of Suriname.

*Description*: The present Surinamese and other Caribbean societies are a
product of different forms of migration of people, starting with the coming
of the Indigenous people thousands of years ago, followed by colonization
by Europeans who subsequently introduced African slaves and indentured
labourers from Asia. In Suriname, we experienced flows of new immigrants
who arrived from Guyana, Brazil, Haiti and China. In our contemporary world
we have experienced also the migration of people from the Third World to
more developed countries.

Since the second half of the 20th Century another migration process is
taking place as a consequence of which a large proportion of the population
of postcolonial states is presently living in Diaspora. In the age of
globalization, boundaries between states are vanishing while in relation to
modern migration and Diaspora there are transnational links and loyalties,
which sometimes have been perceived as problematic. The responses in many
states about the influx of migrants are diverse, from hostility to
solidarity. Europe and the USA are trying to stop migration via different
measures, varying from agreements with sending countries to the
construction of a border wall.

Suriname shares with the Caribbean and other postcolonial states an
experience of European colonization, African slavery followed by
immigration of indentured labourers from Asia, and massive emigration to
the developed world during the second half of the twentieth century.  Many
of the processes and developments are not unique for one country or a
region; on the contrary, we see that those problems and issues can be
compared with each other. So we can understand our present world much
better and will be able to find solutions for different problems by
comparing those issues.

*Aim of the conference: *The aim of the conference is to connect historical
specificities of slavery, indentured labour and migration to contemporary
issues of globalization, Diaspora, identity formation, nationalism and

*Some questions to be answered during the conference are*: What are the
legacies of slavery and indentured labour in social, economic, cultural,
political fields? How did post-slavery identity formation occur in
different parts of the world in general? What has been the psychological
impact of slavery and indentured labour? How are transnational identities
developing in the world of today? How is the process of identification
related to the imaginary relation with the country of origin and with other
“partners in distress” in the Diaspora? In the case of the second migration
or the twice migrants, what is perceived as country of origin? (In other
words: What kind of homeland perspectives do people have and which impact
will this have on their relation with the former homeland?) In which ways
did the various groups adapt to the new environment? What has been the
policy or attitude of the receiving countries or societies? How are
localizing processes (‘creolization’) expressed in migrant cultures? What
kind of transnational ties exist among descendants of immigrants in the
Caribbean and other countries? Are alternative transnational identities in
the Caribbean real or an imagination? How are transnational ties and
identities recognized and institutionalized by the State in the former
homelands? What has been the policy of the countries of origin regarding
their former citizens living in Diaspora? How do they try to engage the
diaspora for the development of the “home country” or country of origin?
How and why are local processes of identity formation related to emotional
and practical identification to the countries of origin, and how do these
countries feature in these processes? Which are the social, economic,
cultural and political consequences of migration and Diaspora in modern

*Suggested themes based on the abovementioned questions*: The legacy of
slavery and indentured labour: historical and current developments, with
special reference to the psychological legacy of slavery and indentured
labour; Ethno - genesis and inter - ethnic relations; The role of
ethnocentrism, ethnic labelling and stereotyping in the process of creating
and maintaining ethnic boundaries; Ethnicity and politics; The role of
religion and religious organizations in identity formation; Identify
formation, boundary maintenance and interethnic marriage; Transnational
networks and identities; Relations with the country of origin?; Popular
culture; Language development in migration societies/migrant communities;
Origin and development of Creolized languages; Development of multilingual
societies; Localization and globalization of religions; Social and cultural
problems of people in Diaspora; Health issues in historical and
contemporary context; Reparations: moral, legal and practical aspects;
Diaspora policy: past, present and future; and Role of people in Diaspora
for the development of their country of origin.

*Guidelines*: The organizers would like to stimulate the submission of
panel proposals, but individual paper proposals are also welcome.

A panel proposal should consist of a framework of the panel, with relevant
questions, a number of paper proposals, abstracts of the papers and bio
data of all members of the panel. The number of papers within a panel will
be between three and eight. Each panel will have a chair and a discussant.

Individual paper proposals can be submitted by e-mail in MS Word by sending
an abstract of 300 - 350 words, together with a short CV. Panels and papers
with a comparative nature will be given higher priority than others. Poster
sessions: there is also the opportunity to submit poster proposals for one
or more poster sessions.

Coordinator of the Organizing Committee: Maurits S. Hassankhan, Anton de
Kom University, Suriname; mauritshassan at gmail.com and
diasporaconfsuriname2018 at gmail.com

[Image above, “Koffiebewerkers naar bray” (cropped) from Buku – Bibliotheca
Surinamica <https://bukubooks.wordpress.com/>.]

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