Summer Institute 2016 – Slavery, Memory and Citizenship




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 –

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: