[PAST EVENT] The 2015 Tyler Symposium: The World beyond Slavery

October 29, 2015 - October 30, 2015
4pm - 4pm
Blow Memorial Hall, Room 201
262 Richmond Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
During the 1980s, the field of post emancipation studies was born out of research and teaching collaborations comparing contests over the meaning of freedom following the end of slavery in different parts of the Atlantic world. The focus was on struggles over labor systems, citizenship rights, and racial meanings and hierarchy, and how those struggles gave shape to societies formed in the wake of slavery. Three decades later, the 2015 Tyler event will explore the enduring insights of early post emancipation studies as well as new developments in the field. What can we learn, for instance, by incorporating less explored geographic regions into our comparative frameworks (the Middle East, e.g.)? What happens when enslaved women and conflicts over gender and sexual relations are given center stage? In what ways did memories of slavery and its end shape subsequent periods? And perhaps most importantly, what are the legacies today of post emancipation conflict? Indeed, we invite symposium presenters to approach emancipation not only as an end to slavery, but also as a beginning of political contests and processes that in many ways continue to this day

Thursday, October 29, Blow 201:
5-6:30 pm, Keynote address: Tom Holt
6:30-8:30 pm, Reception, Great Hall, Wren Building

Friday, October 30, Blow 201:
9:30 am-11:00am, panel 1
11:30 - 1:00 pm, panel 2
1:00-2:00 lunch, chance for grad students to speak with guests
2:00 - 3:30 roundtable discussion
3:30 Concluding Remarks, Farewell