Lemon Project Symposium 2019: Celebrating Legacies, Constructing Futures: Four Hundred Years of Black Community and Culture

Country: USA

City: Virginia

Abstr. due: 11.01.2019

Dates: 15.03.19 — 16.03.19

Organizing comittee e-mail: lemon@wm.edu

Organizers: Lemon Project


“The Lemon Project is a multifaceted and dynamic attempt to rectify wrongs perpetrated against African Americans by the College through action or inaction.” An ongoing endeavor, The Lemon Project “will focus on contributing to and encouraging scholarship on the 325-year relationship between African Americans and the College, and building bridges between the College and Williamsburg and Greater Tidewater area.” For more information, see our website: www.wm.edu/lemonproject

Call for Proposals

Next year marks the four hundredth anniversary of the arrival of approximately twenty Africans on the James River in August 1619 and the origins of slavery in what would later become the United States. The Lemon Project seeks proposals that will not only bring people together to consider history of the African American experience since 1619 and the present state of scholarship, but importantly, call people to action in distinct, brave, and evocative ways.  We seek presenters and attendees who will ask difficult questions and gather answers through a deeply contemplative event.

We encourage presenters to engage a wide range of methodologies and fields, such as African American history, American Studies, anthropology, Black Studies, digital humanities, ethnic studies, gender studies, government, history, oral history, and public humanities, and STEM.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

What happens after 2019? Where do we go from here?
What has changed, and what has remained?
Reconciling trauma
Divestment campaigns (historical and contemporary)
Legacies of resistance
Legacies of joy
Four centuries of racial formation
Race and political economies
#BlackGirlMagic & #BlackBoyJoy
Black feminisms: past, present, and future
Black geographies
Black Speculative Afro-Futurism
Black memory
QTPOC community-making over 400 years
Indigenous communities and black communities, shared struggles
Intersections of settler colonialism and anti-blackness

Conference Web-Site: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/2728658/cfp-lemon-project-symposium-2019-celebrating-legacies