[Blackstudies-l] Call for Papers: Commemorating 170 Years since the French Abolition of Slavery

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ivetteromero posted: " The following is a call for papers for a special
issue of Histoire sociale / Social History entitled “Slavery, Memory, and
Power: Commemorating 170 Years since the French Abolition of Slavery.” The
deadline for submission of abstracts is June 15, 2017 ("
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*[image: Biard,_Abolition_de_lesclavage_18491]*

*The following is a call for papers for a special issue of Histoire
sociale / Social History entitled “Slavery, Memory, and Power:
Commemorating 170 Years since the French Abolition of Slavery.” The
deadline for submission of abstracts is June 15, 2017 (completed articles
will be expected February 28, 2018). [Many thanks to Peter Jordens for
bringing this item to our attention.]*

*Description*: The legacies of the Atlantic slave trade and slavery in
former colonies and territories of France continue to be a topic of
contestation in the public imagination. In December 2016, for example, a
statue, erected in Pau, France, to commemorate the nation’s 1848 abolition
of slavery in its former colonies was vandalised. Erected in the nineteenth
century, the site of commemoration was centred on the bust of an adult male
slave looking upwards towards the sky. On Christmas night in 2016, vandals
threw white paint over the sculpture and scrawled the words “Nazi.”

Although 1848 is considered the definitive year in which France abolished
slavery, the dynamics of race, slavery, and freedom has manifested itself
in various ways in different geographical imaginaries in the eighteenth and
nineteenth centuries. Sue Peabody has long highlighted the irony of
France’s economic involvement in the Atlantic slave trade and the use of
enslaved African labour in its colonies while it was simultaneously
developing a radical discourse that was grounded in notions of freedom,
equality and citizenship. The “Freedom Principle,” as it was practised in
France, was centered on the idea that freedom would be granted to any
enslaved person who had arrived on French soil.  France’s active
involvement in the enslavement of Africans, however, continued to thrive in
its colonies in the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, and elsewhere throughout
the French empire.

It was not until 1794, in the midst of a tumultuous slave revolution in
Saint-Domingue (present day Haiti), that the French National Convention
decreed – even if it was short lived – the abolition of slavery in its
Caribbean colonies.  Facing continued resistance to the French colonial
order, a policy of “terror” was exercised in Saint-Domingue, Guadeloupe and
French Guiana.  In the end, it was only Saint-Domingue that triumphed over
France and so declared its independence on January 1, 1804.  Slavery would
be reinstated in Guadeloupe and French Guiana in 1802 and 1803
respectively, and it was not until 1848 that slavery was legally abolished
in colonies throughout the French Empire.  The efficacy of the abolition
decree varied immensely. In French colonies Africa, such as Senegal and
Algeria, there was no immediacy to the 1848 abolition, and slavery would
instead have a “slow death” as it did elsewhere on the continent (Martin
Klein, 1998; Paul Lovejoy, 1993).

Historians, such as Nora Schmidt and Myriam Cottias, have long argued that
French national discourse on slavery and abolition has been shaped by
“silences” and “myths.” In response to these critiques, there have been
visible state efforts to acknowledge France’s complicated relationship with
slavery, race, and abolition.  In May 2016, the French President François
Hollande announced the formation of a foundation that would take the lead
in establishing a national museum in Paris which would be dedicated to the
memory of slavery and the slave trade. This announcement comes one year
after, the opening of the Caribbean-based Mémorial ACTe which was opened in
Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, for the express purpose of creating a site
dedicated to the collective memory of slavery and the Atlantic slave
trade.  Despite these state efforts, there is still much debate about how
the history of slavery and abolition should be told.

Given that 2018 will coincide with the 170th anniversary of the abolition
of slavery in the former colonies of France, the guest editors intend to
submit selected articles for inclusion in a special issue of Histoire
Sociale / Social History entitled “Slavery, Memory, and Power:
Commemorating 170 years Since the French Abolition of the Slavery.”
Histoire sociale / Social History has expressed preliminary interest in
publishing a special issue on this topic.

This issue would bring together articles that explore social history as a
site of memory through a focus on slavery and abolition.  The editors of
this special issue, encourage submissions that contemplate the ways in
which more nuanced writings of social history serve to complicate current
debates on memory and power as they relate to slavery and the slave trade
in France and its former colonies.

*Possible topics might address the following*: Centering the Caribbean in
the French Abolition Story; Beyond Victor Schœlcher:  The Unsung Heroes of
French Abolition; Race & Nation:  From Slave to Citizen in the French
Empire; The Role of Saint-Domingue in French Abolition of Slavery; Social
History, Slavery and the Question of Reparations in France; Silences and
Myths in the discourses on Slavery and Abolition; Locating Subaltern
Perspectives on Slavery and Abolition; Gender & Abolition in the French
Empire; The 1848 Abolition Decree in Africa: Senegal and Algeria; Social
History and the Public Imagination; Social History as “Usable History” in
Slavery and Abolition Discourses; Commemoration, Public Monuments, and
Museums; and Social History and Contemporary Debates on Slavery.

*Individuals who are interested in contributing to this special issue
should send a 300-400 word abstract and a CV by April 30, 2017 to Dr. Audra
Diptee at audra.diptee at carleton.ca <audra.diptee at carleton.ca>.*

Completed articles will be expected February 28, 2018. The journal *Histoire
Sociale / Social History* publishes articles in both English and French.

Source: https://networks.h-net.org/node/2881/discussions/177745/

Also see https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10889424/CFP2_Histoire%
20Sociale_Slavery_2017.docx and http://hssh.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/hssh

[Painting above:  François-Auguste Biard’s “Proclamation of the Abolition
of Slavery in the French Colonies,” 27 April 1848.]
*ivetteromero <http://repeatingislands.com/author/ivetteromero/>* | May 4,
2017 at 11:31 pm | Tags: abolition of slavery
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Sociale / Social History
<http://repeatingislands.com/tag/histoire-sociale-social-history/> |
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