Call for Papers
lstrang at law.msu.edu
Wed Jun 25 05:33:11 PDT 2008
I thought members of this list might be interested in the call for
papers (and accompanying conference) pasted below and available at this
Call for Papers and Witness
The University of Toledo College of Law is pleased to announce a
universal and interdisciplinary conference on Saturday, October 25, 2008
in Toledo, Ohio on the subject of: 1808: Fighting for the Right to Dream
Scholars are invited to come to Toledo and bear witness and discuss
1808 was the year of the abolition of the importing of slaves into the
United States. In this bicentennial year, how should we think about
1808? What does 1808 say to us? What will be said about 1808 in 2108?
The papers and witness being invited in this call for papers are about
the meanings of 1808. Those meanings might be found in the life of a
slave in the United States at that time such as Barbary. Born in 1787
in Africa and sold into slavery in 1800 in North Carolina to the
Harrison family (of Founders and Presidents fame), Barbary was enslaved,
black and twenty-one in 1808. How do we keep slave stories such as her
Those meanings might be found in 1847 in the founding of Liberia and
Liberia’s history. Or in the Civil War. Or in Reconstruction. Or in
Jim Crow. Or in 1908, year of birth of the late Justice Thurgood
Marshall whose life was dedicated to fighting for the right to dream.
Or in a picture in a courtroom in Norman, Oklahoma in 1948 of Ada Sipuel
dreaming of being a lawyer. Or in the mass movements of the civil
rights and human rights movements. Or in 1968 with the assassination of
the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and other momentous events. Or in
a more recent rededication of efforts to achieve, protect and preserve
civil and human rights for all.
Those meanings might be found in Africa and the Middle East, Asia,
Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Australia and the Pacific.
What does 1808 mean to the world?
This call for papers is interdisciplinary and universal. Scholars from
around the world interested in presenting are invited to submit one to
two page abstracts for papers on the conference theme on or before
August 15, 2008 to ben.davis at utoledo.edu.
Scholars from around the world who may have difficulty getting visas to
the United States or attending should advise of their interest on or
before August 15, 2008 to ben.davis at utoledo.edu. Overseas scholars and
those unable to attend may provide a video witness of up to 10 minutes
Toledo is located in Northwestern Ohio about 50 minutes by car south of
Detroit, Michigan. Participants may find the easiest connections
through Detroit though planes do fly also into Toledo airport. October
25, 2008 will be a particularly interesting time to visit as Toledo is
the center of the universe during most recent U.S. Presidential
elections because of the crucial role that Ohio plays as a swing state.
· Anthony Baker, Professor, American Legal History, Norman
Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Campbell University, Buies Creek, North
· Pamela Bridgewater, Professor of Law, American University,
Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C.
· Benjamin Davis, Associate Professor of Law, University of
Toledo College of Law, Toledo, Ohio
· Roy Finkenbine, Professor of History and Director of the Black
Abolitionist Archives, University of Detroit – Mercy, Detroit, Michigan
· Chrisarla Houston, Director of the Legal Writing Program and
Assistant Professor of Law, Florida A & M University College of Law,
· Vernellia R. Randall, Professor of Law, University of Dayton
School of Law, Dayton, Ohio
Lee J. Strang
Visiting Associate Professor of Law
Michigan State University College of Law
422 Law College Building
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