Summer Institute 2016: Slavery, Memory and Citizenship

 

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The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and Its Diasporas, York University, Toronto in collaboration with The Faculty of Humanities and Education, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston Jamaica, presents the Seventh Annual Summer Institute:  “Slavery, Memory, Citizenship” at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston, Jamaica from 7-14 August, 2016.

The SSHRC-sponsored research project “Slavery, Memory and Citizenship” housed in the Harriet Tubman Institute at York University, in collaboration with the Faculty of Humanities and Education, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica, invites you to participate in the seventh edition of its Summer Institute.

The objective of this summer institute will be to analyse and reflect on the experiences and memories of slavery; the research, pedagogies and representations associated with enslavement; and the implications of its legacies for claims for full citizenship, all in historical and contemporary contexts.

The 2016 Summer Institute will be hosted by the Faculty of Humanities and Education, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Kingston, Jamaica . For one week, 7-14 August 2016, international researchers specializing in the historical and contemporary experiences of persons of African descent will offer classes, panel and roundtable discussions and plenary sessions. Graduate, postgraduate students and members of faculty will also present the results of their research.

We encourage papers from a wide range of academic disciplines and methodological backgrounds, related to the following themes and topics:

o           Systems of Labour
o           Migrations of Peoples of African Descent
o           Expressive Cultures, Belief Systems
o           Politics, Economics, Social Justice
o           Colonialisms, Anti-colonialisms, Post-colonialisms
o           Genders, Sexualities, Family formation
o           Health, Medicine, Science
o           Biographies, Autobiographies, Auto-ethnographies
o           Memory, Testimonies, Oral Sources
o           Questions of Citizenship

Applicants are invited to complete and submit the following documents to “Slavery, Memory, Citizenship: Seventh Annual Summer Institute”: email – si2016@yorku.ca

1)    the Summer Institute Submission Form
2)    an abstract of no more than 500 words
3)    a current CV.

Applications are now open; The deadline for submission is Wednesday, June 1st, 2016.

Applicants will be contacted with the results of their applications.

o   Accepted applicants will be informed about the procedures for registration, including fees.
o   Accepted international applicants can apply for a limited number of bursaries

Registration/administrative fees: $100US; $20US (participants from the Global South and Africa only)

Accommodation: For participants needing accommodation, we have identified accommodation on the UWI Mona campus. The options are:

1)    $35US per night (shared bathroom) Elsa Leo Rhynie Hall
2)    $50US per night (private bathroom) 138 Student Living

A programme of cultural activities and field trips will be announced.

Please direct any additional questions to: si2016@yorku.ca

The Harriet Tubman Student Summer Programme

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The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples studies the migrations of African peoples through internal, regional and international and transnational movements. The Tubman Institute is concerned not only with the historical movements of Africans and people of African descent but also with their contemporary experiences. Part of our mandate is to share information about these movements and experiences with all groups of persons. Among the groups on whose experiences we focus are Africans and their descendants in Canada (African Canadians); these concerns are reflected in a special initiative within the Tubman Institute – “Spotlighting and Promoting African Canadian Experiences” (SPACE).

The Harriet Tubman Student Summer Programme will focus on guiding forty (40) students (between 14-18 years old) through an “Introduction to African and African Diaspora Studies.” The African Diaspora refers to all the places to which Africans migrated and where they and their descendant now live. The Summer Programme will help students to evaluate, collectively, the contributions of African peoples and cultures to the historical development of the Americas and their influence on new generations of youth.

To achieve those objectives professors, teachers, facilitators and 40 youth from formal school settings, after school programs and community groups will focus their attention on topics related to:

  • Africa and African Diaspora histories (that is, African descended communities outside of Africa)
  • The Slave trade in Africans and slave resistance (historical and contemporary representations)
  • African and African-descendent identities
  • Memory, community values like folkloric traditions in African, African Diaspora (African descended communities outside of Africa) and specifically the African Canadian contexts
  • Museums, archives and popular culture
  • Contemporary issues of histories of migrations, race, slavery, education, popular culture…
  • Introduction to technology to digitalize community historical records: working sessions, photographs, documents…

The daily activities will be run under the auspices of the Harriet Tubman Institute, York University:

  • The content will be delivered by professors at York University
  • The students will work as individuals and in groups facilitated by trained facilitators
  • The afternoon cultural activities will be facilitated by professors, graduate and undergraduate students at York University
  • The students will be provided with breakfast and lunch for the 10 days of the Summer Programme.

For more information about the Harriet Tubman Summer Student Programme, please contact:

Abubacar Fofana León
SPACE Network
Harriet Tubman Institute
York University
abubacar@yorku.ca

Professor Michele A. Johnson
SPACE Network
Harriet Tubman Institute
York University
johnsonm@yorku.ca

The Harriet Tubman Student Summer Programme 2016

Exciting news for youth this summer… 

The Spotlighting and Promoting African Canadian Experiences (SPACE) Initiative, in the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and Its Diasporas at York University invites youth ages 14-18 (or grade 9 to grade 12) to participate in its seventh Student Summer Programme, “An Introduction to African Diasporas.”

During fun and creative sessions, students will:

  •        Explore historical and contemporary experiences of African descended persons
  •        Examine identity making amongst African, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latin American, Afro-Brazilian, African American, and African Canadian peoples
  •        Consider how the ideologies of race and gender function in different societies
  •         Learn about, participate in and make their own African inspired cultural productions

Experienced educators, facilitators, volunteers and students from York University will deliver all of the sessions.  We are certain students will come away from the programme having made new friends, probed their imaginations and gained artistic skills. Most importantly, they will leave with greater knowledge about the contributions of African peoples and cultures to the historical development of the world.

The programme will run daily, Monday to Friday, for two weeks, from July 4 to July 15, 2016 at York University, from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Registration fees: $40.00

Spaces are limited. Deadline is May 16, 2016. Please return the attached application totubman@yorku.ca

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 Harriet Tubman Student Summer Programme
Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and Its Diasporas
321 York Lanes, York University
4700 Keele Street, Toronto ON M3J 1P3

 

 


 

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