Friday, November 29, 2013

CFP: “Human Trafficking in Early America”

"Human Trafficking in Early America," an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, and co-sponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Department of History at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the Department of History at Drew University, will be held on April 23-25, 2015. The co-organizers are Richard Bell (Maryland) and Sharon Braslaw Sundue (Drew). As the organizers explain, "In early America, human trafficking took many forms, engaging and displacing native, African and European populations in every decade and in every colony and state. Drawing upon a wave of new scholarship on Indian captivity, the middle passage, the domestic slave trade, child abduction and sex trafficking, this conference offers a timely opportunity to examine the cultures and shadow economies created by and elaborated around forced migration in North America and the Atlantic world before 1860."
    Paper proposals should include a brief c.v. and an abstract of no more than 500 words. Applicants should email their proposals to mceas@ccat.sas.upenn.edu by April 15, 2014. Papers must be submitted for pre-circulation byFebruary 1, 2015. Limited support for participants’ travel and lodging will be available. See the complete call for papers for additional details.