UIC Institute for the Humanities


  This international symposium on the slave trade and its aftermath in the modern world is inspired by the UIC Library’s unique collection of works on abolition, the founding of Sierra
  Leone, the transatlantic slave trade, and modern Caribbean literature. Symposium panels will serve to contextualize the collections by focusing on current scholarship in the areas of:

                Abolition, Freetown and Empire
                Black Atlantic in the Age of Revolution
                Caribbean and Black Atlantic Thought
                The Colonial Legacy and Future of Sierra Leone
                Race, Racism, Memory and the Legacy of Slavery    
Location: 750, South Halsted Street, Student Center Eastmap pinpoint
This conference is free and open to the public.
Preregistration is not necessary, but is appreciated so we can calculate attendance

Thursday October 4 at 4 p.m.

Illinois Room A & B

Opening Keynote: Lawrence Hill

Lawrence Hill
"Faction: Merging History and Fiction in Someone Knows My Name The Book of Negroes"

Lawrence Hill is the author of Someone Knows My Name published in Canada and Britain as The Book of Negroes, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book in 2008. He is also the author of Any Known Blood (1997 & 1999); Blackberry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada (2001); Some Great Thing (1992).

Reception, Illinois Room C

Friday October 5

Cardinal Room

9 a.m.  Coffee and Rolls

10-12 a.m.
Panel 1: Abolition, Freetown, and Empire

     Christopher Brown, Columbia University
       “The Origins of ‘Legitimate Commerce’ ”
     Alan Gilbert
, University of Denver
     "Further Thoughts on Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence"
     Kristin Mann
, Emory University
     "Abolition, Empire, and the Migration of Sierra Leonean Re-captives and Brazilian Freed People to Lagos”
     Moderator: James Searing, UIC History

12:00-1:30 p.m.  Lunch break

1:30-3:30 p.m.
Panel 2: Black Atlantic in the Age of Revolution

     W. Bryan Rommel-Ruiz, Colorado College
     "The Politics of Festivals: Racial Consciousness, West Indian Emancipation Festivals, and Historical Agency
     in the Nineteenth Century Black Atlantic"
     Sibylle Fischer
, New York University
     “Republicanism and Race in the Revolutionary Atlantic”

     Moderator:  Corey Capers, UIC History and African American Studies

4-5 p.m.  
Keynote Speaker:  Toyin Falola
Toyin Falola
"Africa in the Diaspora and the Diaspora in Africa: Towards an Integrated Body of Knowledge"

Toyin Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin, has an honorary doctorate from Monmouth University, and was named the 2011 Distinguished Africanist by the African Studies Association. He has written, edited and co-written dozens of books, including The Yoruba in Diaspora, The Atlantic World and The Archaeology of the African Diaspora, all by Indiana University Press. He is the Vice President of UNESCO's Slave Route Project. His forthcoming book, The African Diaspora: Slavery, Migration and Globalization will be released in 2013 by the University of Rochester Press.

5:15-6:30 p.m.   UIC Library

Reception hosted by UIC Library

Exhibit viewing in University Library Special Collections:  
“Commerce in Human Souls:  The Legacy of the Atlantic Slave Trade” 

Saturday October 6

Room 605

9 a.m.  Coffee and Rolls

10-12 a.m.
Panel 3: Caribbean and Black Atlantic Thought 

       Sean X. Goudie, Pennsylvania State University
        "Mixed up in America's Business: The Past Future of US-Caribbean Literary Relations"

   Matthew J. Smith, University of the West Indies-Mona, Jamaica
     "Everywhere Alone: Exile in Nineteenth Century Haitian History”
     Moderators: Sunil Agnani, UIC History and English and Natasha Barnes, UIC English
     and African American Studies

12:00-1:30 p.m.  Lunch break

1:30-3:00 p.m.
Panel 4:  Colonial Legacy and Future of Sierra Leone

     Arthur Abraham, Virginia University
     “The Mende in Sierra Leone's Past and Future"
     Joseph Bangura, Kalamazoo College
     "The Temne in Sierra Leone's Past and Future"
     Moderator: Dick Simpson, UIC Political Science

3:15-5:00 p.m. 
Panel 5:  Race, Racism, Memory and the Legacy of Slavery Christopher Brown

      Randall Robinson, Pennsylvania State University Law School
      "The Contemporary Social Consequence of Cultural Memory Loss"

      B. Anthony Bogues, Brown University
      “Slavery and Emancipation in the Making of the Modern World : What about Freedom?”

     Ana Lucia Araujo, Howard University
     "Shadows of the Slave Past: Public Memory and Heritage of Slavery"

     Susan Robeson, Higher Ground Studio
     "Maroon, Historical Memory, and the Legacy of Slavery"

      Moderator: Barbara Ransby, UIC History, African American Studies and Gender
    and Women's Studies


University of Illinois at Chicago Sponsors:
The Office of the Chancellor
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs
Institute for the Humanities
Great Cities Institute
UIC Social Justice Initiative
Honors College
University Library
Departments of Political Science, History, African American Studies, English
Office of International Affairs
International Studies Program

Non-UIC Sponsors:
British Consulate General-Chicago
Illinois Humanities Council
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Institute for the Humanities (MC206)
701 South Morgan, Lower Level / Stevenson Hall
Chicago, IL 60607-7040

Phone (312) 996-6352   Fax (312) 996-2938
Email huminst@uic.edu

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