USS 2019 Fall Symposium opens call for papers

Proposals accepted until July 1 for Universities Studying Slavery conference

A call for papers has been issued for the the Universities Studying Slavery’s (USS) Fall 2019 Symposium, entitled “The Academy’s Original Sin.” A consortium of more than 50 member academic institutions in the U.S. and U.K., USS is dedicated to facilitating collaboration among colleges, universities, and disciplines to address issues dealing with race and inequality in modern American society.

The University of Cincinnati joined USS in 2018, and will co-host the symposium with Xavier University this fall, from Oct. 9-12. This year’s symposium will focus on the role of enslaved people and their relation to higher education.

The symposium is accepting papers from a wide variety of fields, including anthropology, cultural studies, history, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, urban studies and others.

Additionally, professionals in cultural history institutions and the visual and performing arts are encouraged to submit non-traditional or alternative forms of presenting research, such as videos, visual art or performances.

Pre-selected panel topics include ‘Violent Evangelism: Weaponizing Faith & Teaching Place,’ ’40 Acres and a Myth,’ ‘Global Perspectives on Retributive Justice’ and “Legacies of the Middle Passage,’ among others. Interested participants may submit proposals according to the panel topics, a full list of which can be found here.

Email a proposed abstract of the proposed paper or presentation to by July 1. Prospective presenters will be notified within two weeks if their proposal has been selected.

Symposium registration opens July 15. For more information, please visit:

Featured image courtesy of the University of Cincinnati Library Archives and Rare Book Library Holdings.

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