September 7, 2016
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Call for Papers - The Lapidus Center 
The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center for research in Black Culture, The New York Public is issuing a call for papers for its inaugural conference, "Reckoning With Slavery: New Directions in the History, Memory, Legacy, and Popular Representations of Enslavement". The conference will be held at the Schomburg Center on November 17 and 18, 2017.
We seek proposals from scholars whose work may throw new light on the history of slavery, the slave trade, and abolition and opposition to slavery, as well as engage with contemporary debates over the legacies of enslavement, reparations, and the significance of popular depictions of slavery in film, television, and digital platforms.
Papers that address current scholarly debates over the political economy of slavery and its relationship to capitalism, the significance of slave resistance, gender, childhood studies, enslavement in transnational contexts, and digital humanities are particularly welcome.
Please email an abstract (250-350 words) and a one-page CV to by January 15, 2017.

Two Fellowships - The Lapidus Center

The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, offers two long-term fellowships to assist scholars whose research on transatlantic slavery can benefit from extended access to the Schomburg Center's resources.  Fellows will begin residence at the Center on  September 1, 2017 and end on  March 1, 2018. They will receive a $30,000 stipend. Deadline:   December 1, 2016.

The Lapidus Center also offers short-term fellowships. The Fellowship Program is open to doctoral students, post-doctoral scholars, independent researchers, and artists studying the slave trade, slavery, abolition, and anti-slavery in the Atlantic World. Fellowships are awarded for continuous periods of one, two, or three months with a stipend of $2,000/month. Deadline:  December 1, 2016.

For more information and to apply, click here 

African American and Diaspora Studies, Tenured Associate to Full Professor Comparative African Diaspora Studies
The African American and Diaspora Studies Program at Vanderbilt University seeks a tenured associate or full professor with outstanding scholarship on the African diaspora in comparative perspective. We especially encourage applications from scholars with interests in Africa and the United States, and/or in gender, though other areas of specialization will be considered. Academic leadership experience is a plus; the candidate will be expected to assume an active leadership role in the unit. The successful candidate may have training in any relevant discipline and will have the opportunity to be affiliated with other units in the College of Arts and Science. Please send a cover letter detailing research, teaching and administrative experience and curriculum vitae to: Academic Jobs Online Screening of the applications will begin October 15, 2016.
Vanderbilt University is committed to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of exceptional faculty. Women, minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Vanderbilt University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

Call for Papers for a Project on "1865 and the Disenchantment of Empire"

Special Issue: "1865 and the Disenchantment of Empire"

1865 marks an important critical moment across a range of areas of study. This call for papers invokes 1865 as one way of bringing American studies, Caribbean studies and Canadian studies into conversation with each other, a conversation that also finds spaces of connection with African Studies, Latin American Studies, South Asian Studies and Atlantic and Pacific Studies. As an organizing hermeneutic, 1865 marks the end of the American Civil War as well as the War of Restoration in the Dominican Republic. The end of these periods of military struggle find an interesting echo in 1965 with the US invasion of the Dominican Republic and the end of the Dominican Civil War. By 1865 Canadian confederation is also on the horizon and there are marked tensions and fears manifesting as a result of the border politics of the American Civil War. This reorganization of global geo-relations, state re-formation, militarization and shifting imperial relationships is also evident in the Caribbean context, where in Jamaica, the Morant Bay Rebellion of 1865 (and the resulting declaration of martial law, and protests and debates in Britain after the violent suppression of that rebellion), prompted a change in imperial policy which culminated in that island becoming a Crown Colony.  In the Pacific context, complex histories of empire, (non)sovereignty and land ownership can also be traced through the enactment of the Native Rights Act (1865) that declared Māori British subjects.

The settlement project, with its economies of resource extraction, was also a project of industrialization. The 1860s saw a massive transition in fuels, away from whale oil and towards petroleum and kerosene and the refinement of palm oil into both industrial lubricants and soap. The period marks the introduction of a set of new manufacturing techniques with increasing demands for coal, iron, nickel and other raw materials, as well as labour. The industrialization of steel-making dropped the price, allowing for railways to be built more cheaply.  It is therefore not surprising that the year 1865 saw the first successful and durable transatlantic submarine telegraph cable between Nova Scotia and England. Nor is it surprising that the Suez Canal was half-way built in 1865.

Focusing on the end of the nineteenth century allows us to observe not just shifts in state and economic relations but also the intimate policing of bodies and sexualities. As Foucault reminds us in The History of Sexuality, in Britain itself, there were shifts in the discursive and ideological understandings of the very boundaries between public and private. In offering 1865 as an organizing hermeneutic this project asks how might we navigate these transnational currents of relations and ideas in their multidirectional flows.

Sylvia Wynter offers one example of engaging critical thought organized around a particular moment in her essay "1492: A New World View." Here Wynter engages with 1492 as historical-existential,  global sociosystemic, ideological, geopolitical and ecosystemic question. Extending Wynter's critical reflection on a historical moment as a productive theoretical point of research we ask contributors to engage with contending worldviews, practices and processes and their disenchantments and reenchantments as they meet in 1865 in anti-colonial protests, militarism,  the rise of the black peasantry, dispossession of indigenous lands, industrialization, nationalism, US expansionism, indentureship, colonial pedagogies and their effects in the world of the British Empire.

Areas of inquiry for submissions may include, but are not limited to, the following topics and questions:
  • Militarization, Resistance and Rebellion
  • The World of 1865 and Shifting colonial relationships
  • Transnational/ Postcolonial Intimacies: Travel, Trade and Cartography
  • Interpretative framework for theorizing 1865 (eg. Sylvia Wynter's concept of "transfer of empathy"; the idea, "disenchantment of empire"; Or, tragedy and the anticolonial imaginary)
  • Cotton and Empire (eg. British takeover of Egypt facilitated by the collapse of cotton trade in the wake of the American Civil War. The increased production of Cotton in India due to the Cotton trade embargo)
  • Maritime histories and ports
  • Economy of Law and Taxes
  • Transnational finance history (1865 and the founding of "The Hongkong and Shanghai Bank," now HSBC, to capitalize on the successes of the Opium Wars)
  • Spirituality, Magic, Religion and Anti-colonial Thought
  • Transatlantic performance histories during and post 1865
  • Legacies, Histories and Memorialization of 1865.
  • The Black Family in Post-Slavery Societies
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Nationalism and Empire
  • Sustainability, energy, and ecology (i.e. Britain and the Coal question, the Forest Act of 1865 in India; the early development of machine guns and the refinement of dynamite into a weapon)
  • Indigenous land rights and treaties, land grants, dispossession of landed classes
  • Labour, indentureship, migration
  • Book histories, print culture, and public discourse
  • Colonial Education and Residential Schools
Submission Procedure:
  1. Abstracts of no more than 300-500 words should be sent to no later than December 15, 2016.
  2. Attach a short biographical note.
  3. Type "1865" in the subject line of your email.
Editorial Committee:

Phanuel Antwi and Ronald Cummings

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