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Phantoms of the Past Conference

March 24, 2017

On March 24, Huron University College will host Phantoms of the Past: Slavery, Resistance, History and Memory in the Atlantic World. The conference is part of a transatlantic faculty/undergraduate student research collaboration and short-term exchange between History and English and Cultural Studies at Huron, and History at Bath Spa University.  The conference brings community partners to campus along with the keynote speakers, Dr. Claudine Bonner (Acadia), and Dr. Olivette Otele (FRHistS and CURL Visiting Scholar, Bath Spa.) At the conference, Phantoms students will highlight initial research findings, and Huron's History Department will launch its interdisciplinary minor in Histories of Africa and African Diasporas.


More information on the Phantoms of the Past project can be found at the link.

Conference Schedule
9:00-9:15 Gathering, Kingsmill Room
9:15-9:30 Welcome & launch of new Minor module in Histories of Africa and African Diasporas
Dr. Paul Nesbitt-Larking, Acting Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Huron University College
9:30-10:30 Keynote address, Dr. Claudine Bonner, Acadia
“African Canadian ‘Sites of Memory’: Contemporary and Transatlantic Perspectives,” with response from Dr. Olivette Otele, Bath Spa University, FRHistS and CURL Visiting Scholar
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:45 Community, History, and Memory Roundtable Moderator, Dr. Tom Peace, Huron
University College
Steven Cook, Director, Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site
Genet Hodder, Chair, Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation project
Deirdre McCorkindale, PhD candidate in History, Queen’s University
11:45-12:30 Lunch & poster roam
12:30-1:30 Introduction to #walknow, and Huron student lightning talks

Moderator, Dr. Neil Brooks, Huron University College
1:30-2:15 Bath Spa student reflections and open forum
2:15-2:30 Wrap-up & departure

Biography: Dr. Claudine Bonner is an assistant professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies at Acadia University.  She holds a PhD in Educational Studies—Gender, Equity, and Social Justice from the University of Western Ontario, and was a 2011-12 SSHRC post-doctoral fellow in the School of Social Work, Dalhousie University, working on “The Freedom Experience of Blacks in Nova Scotia” as part of the Promised Land Community-University Research Alliance.   She has published across the disciplines, and is co investigator on the SSHRC Insight Grant, “The Black Press in Canada: Roots and Trajectories of Intellectual Activisms” (2016-2021.)  Her research is grounded in history, but is broadly applied in analyses of race, gender, education and identity in contemporary Canada. Her scholarship bridges the gap between studies of Black Canadian experience in Ontario and Atlantic Canada, and crosses generational boundaries through innovative oral histories, community-based research, and published collaborative research with leading scholars including Dr. Afua Cooper (James R. Johnson Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Dalhousie) and Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard (School of Social Work, Dalhousie, and recent appointee to the Canadian Senate.)