Conference Announcement: “Colored Conventions in the Nineteenth Century and the Digital Age” April 24-25, 2015

“Colored Conventions in the Nineteenth Century and the Digital Age”

Hosted at the University of Delaware and the Delaware Historical Society

April 24-25, 2015

Registration is now available for the symposium, “Colored Conventions in the Nineteenth Century and the Digital Age” hosted by The Colored Conventions Project at the University of Delaware on April 24-25, 2015. The two-day symposium held at UD and the Delaware Historical Society will bring together scholars from a broad range of inter/disciplinary perspectives including but not limited to religious, historical, literary, gender, visual and performance studies. There is no registration fee; though registration is required.

Click here to register as a symposium attendee.

Please visit the site to register, see the schedule of panels and events, and find details for accommodations. We have arranged with the DoubleTree Hotel in Wilmington for a special conference rate of $109/night. The rate is available until April 3 by calling (302) 655-0400.

Beginning in 1830 and continuing past the Civil War, once captive and free African Americans came together in national and state political conventions to strategize about how to achieve legal, labor and educational justice. The delegates to these meetings include the most well-known—if mostly male— writers, organizers, church leaders, editors and entrepreneurs in the canon of early African-American leadership: Richard Allen, Frederick Douglass and Henry Highland Garnet, Abraham and Mary Ann Shadd (Cary), George Downing, Charles Ray and others as well as those who have been all but forgotten. This symposium will pose questions about the ways in which understandings of nineteenth-century campaigns for racial justice shift when the decades-long colored convention movement stands alongside abolition as one of the principal ways in which we conceive of early racial and justice movements.

Symposium participants include: Erica Ball, Kabria Baumgartner, Kimberly Blockett, Lois Brown, Joan Bryant, Jim Casey, Eric Gardner, Margarita Simon Guillory, Andre Johnson, A. Nevell Owens, Sarah L. Patterson, Carla L. Peterson, Jean Pfaelzer, Daina Ramey Berry, Selena Sanderfer, Derrick R. Spires, Jermaine Thibodeaux, Psyche Williams-Forson, Jewon Woo and Denise Burgher, Marian Carpenter, Cheryl LaRoche, Pamela F. Tilley, and A. Sheree Brown. 

All best,

P. Gabrielle Foreman, Jim Casey and Sarah Patterson for the Colored Conventions Team

Twitter: @CCP_org

The University of Delaware

Sarah L. Patterson, doctoral candidate

Co-coordinator, the Colored Conventions Project

Department of English, University of Delaware

Jim Casey

Co-Coordinator, the Colored Conventions Project

PhD candidate, Department of English

University of Delaware

P. Gabrielle Foreman

Ned B. Allen Professor of English

Professor of Black Studies

Senior Library Research Fellow

Faculty Director, the Colored Conventions Project

University of Delaware