CONF: Panels on Slavery at ASALH 2012

The 97th Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Convention is in Pittsburgh, PA.  The theme is Black Women in American Culture and History.”

The program features a number of panels of interest to scholars of slavery and Atlantic African diaspora:


Preaching, Praying, and Leading: Nineteenth-Century Black Women’s Religious Legacy

The Black Female Slave Body & Its Many Uses

Expanding the Contours of Freedom: Black Women, Freedom, and Mobility in the 19th and 20th Centuries

De Gullah/Geechee Ooman: The Gullah/Geechee Seminole Maroon Spirit of Self-Determination

Understanding and Moving Forward through Remembering: Documenting the Intersections and History of African-American and Native American Women in Colonial and Antebellum America.

What School Books Don’t Teach: The Economics of Slavery and Education


Spiritual Activism Equals Social Capital: African American Women `Healers’ & Makers of the Whole

Julia Collins’s 1865 Novel, The Curse of Caste: Historical, Literary, Commemorative, and Genealogical Perspectives

African American Women and Slavery in History and Historical Literature

Uplifting the Race in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century

Teaching and Learning about Canada’s Role in the Underground Railroad

Beyond Mammy and Jezebel: Re-envisioning Black Women’s Sexuality

Interracial Sex in the Americas: Moving Beyond Conversations on White Restriction

Black Women, the Law, the Penal System and Civil Rights Activism

Property, Freedom, and the Politics of Resistance among Enslaved Women in the Atlantic World

Transforming the Cult of True Womanhood in the 19th Century

Harriet Tubman: The Chosen One, theatrical performance

African-American Experience During the War for Independence and During Enslavement

Enslaved Women in History and Literature

Legacies of Terror: Memory and Violence Among Black Women


Staking A Claim, Making A Difference: Black Women, Ownership, and Identity in America 1815-1944

Film: The Global African Diaspora: Scattered Africa: Faces and Voices of the African Diaspora (30 min.) and Slave Routes: A Global Vision (52 min.)

Slavery in the Americas and its Impact on the Color Line

Exploring the Cultural Phenomenon of The Help

Phillis Wheatley, the American Revolution, and the Formation of the New United States

Exploring the Black Experience in Savannah and the Georgia Lowcountry: A Report from Savannah State University

When Was African American Literature: African American Literature Before the Harlem Renaissance

Our Things Remembered: Unearthing relations between Archaeology and Black Studies

Globalizing Scholarship–Fulbright Research in West Africa

For more information, visit the website.  If your panel isn’t listed, please leave it in the comments.  This list is only for panels.  If you are sharing and individual paper that may be of interest, please let us know.

Feature Image Credit: Pencil (graphite) drawing of Harriet Jacobs, based on famous photo of her that is owned by Harvard University (N_86_4_1) [Detail]. Drawing was commissioned by George Stevenson and completed by artist Keith White of West Side Gallery and Studios, Raleigh, NC 27601, in February 1994. Original is from PhC.122, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC. (Click here for more)

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