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Cape Town, South Africa, 19-22 November 2009.

An International Conference organised by the Wilberforce Institute for the
study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull, UK.


Taking place in the Iziko Slave Lodge in Cape Town, South Africa, in November
2009, this conference will coincide with the arrival of the Clipper Round the
World Yacht Race 2009-10 in Cape Town harbour. Mirroring its aims to broaden
knowledge and understanding and promote tolerance through teamwork, new
relationships and the sharing and development of skills, the conference seeks
to encourage researchers to open a conversation on the subject of slavery in
the worlds of the Indian and Atlantic oceans. The four-day conference, which
will bring together early career researchers and leading world scholars, will
be interdisciplinary in nature and chronologically diverse, in order to
encourage a fruitful cross-fertilization of ideas, sources and methods. The
histories of slavery and the slave trade in the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans
have been the focus of a substantial body of research; this conference aims to
unite the perspectives of researchers in these parallel fields to promote a
culture of exchange and cooperation in the innovative context of Twin Ocean
Slavery. Crucially, there will be opportunities for postgraduate and
postdoctoral researchers, educators and museum professionals to interact with
prominent academics from across the world: confirmed speakers for the
conference include Edward Alpers; Gwyn Campbell; David Eltis; Paul Lovejoy;
John Oldfield; Nigel Penn; David Richardson; and Nigel Worden.

The Twin Ocean theme will be the focus of this four-day event, but the first
two days of the conference will be reserved exclusively for early career
researchers and interested professionals, from whom we seek to encourage papers
that examine past and present connections between the Indian and Atlantic
worlds.

Perspectives on the subject of Twin Ocean Slavery could incorporate aspects of
memory, conservation and museology, the teaching of slavery, material cultures
of slavery, economic and political aspects of the slave trade in the Atlantic
and Indian Oceans, historical and contemporary abolitionist and anti-slavery
activism, African and Indian diasporas and movements between oceans, and
reparations in the context of Twin Ocean Slavery.

Interested individuals are therefore invited to submit proposals along the
following lines:

· Museology, material culture and representations

· Political economies: historical and contemporary slavery

· Anti-slavery and personal testimonies, past and present

· Migration and diasporic connections

· Reparation and legacies of slavery

· Perspectives on the teaching of historical and contemporary slavery

We also invite proposals for short, innovative audiovisual presentations (of
around 5-10 minutes) from virtual delegates who may not be able to attend the
workshop in person. These presentations could focus, for example, on material
or artistic representations of slavery in the Atlantic or Indian Oceans,
diasporas, local museums, exhibitions or community projects, personal
testimonies, oceanic crossings or legacies of slavery.

Attendance at the conference is free, including drinks and lunch on all four
days, the conference dinner, and local transport within Cape Town. Additional
funding is being sought, and we hope to provide a limited number of bursaries
for the travel and hotel accommodation of early career researchers from African
and Indian universities, but as yet flights and accommodation cannot be
guaranteed.

Please send your abstract of 300 words together with a short curriculum vitae
and email contact to Kate Hodgson K.J.Hodgson@hull.ac.uk or Judith Spicksley
J.Spicksley@hull.ac.uk, by 15th June 2009. Those hoping to be considered for
bursaries should indicate this on their proposal. Successful participants will
be notified by email on 1st July 2009. Please note that the conference will be
open to the general public, and the language of the conference will be English.

Information about the Wilberforce Institute can be found at
www.hull.ac.uk/wise/ and about the venue at www.iziko.org.za/slavelodge/
Further details, if required, will be provided on request.