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2012 National UGRR Conference Call for Proposals


Escaping to Destinations South: The Underground Railroad, Cultural Identity, and Freedom Along the Southern Borderlands

St. Augustine, Florida and surrounding areas

June 20-24, 2012


The 2012 National Underground Railroad Conference theme will explore resistance to slavery through escape and flight to and from the South, including through international flight to Spanish Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Indian Territory, and the transformation of cultural identity within descendent communities. The conference seeks to create a cultural, historical, and interpretive exchange between domestic and international descendent communities of southern freedom seekers.

The 2012 Conference seeks a program that includes the full diversity of academic and grassroots research, documentation, and interpretation of the Underground Railroad. Whenever possible, proposals should consist of presenters of both sexes, all age groups, and members of racial and ethnic minorities. We welcome scholars who practice their craft in a variety of venues, including: independent researchers and educators; community organizations; archeological investigations; museums; archives and libraries; historical societies; living history and reenactment groups; academic institutions at all levels; and the National Park Service.

Gullah Geechee and Black Seminole descendants are especially welcome to submit proposals for the conference.


Submission Procedures

Read the entire Call for Proposals on the Organization of American Historians website at www.oah.org and download the proposal form beginning October 15, 2011.

All proposals must include the following information:

  • a complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, and affiliation for each participant;
  • an abstract of no more than 500
    words, only for those proposing an entire session;
  • a prospectus of no more than 250 words for each presentation; and
  • a bio/vita of no more than 250 words for each participant.


Submission Deadline

The deadline for proposals is Sunday, January 15, 2012, by 11:59 pm PST.

For more details about the conference, click here.