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Conference: Free and Forced Migration, Diaspora and Identity Formation: The Legacy of Slavery and Indentured Labor in Historical and Contemporary Context

An international conference to commemorate, the 150th anniversary of abolition of slavery, the 160th anniversary of Chinese immigration and the 140th anniversary of immigration of East Indians in Suriname, will be held in the Stardust Hotel, Paramaribo, from 6-10 June 2013. This conference is organized by the Institute for Graduate Studies and Research (IGSR), and the Social Science Research Institute (IMWO) of the Anton de Kom University of Suriname, in collaboration with the National Archives Suriname (NAS), and the cultural organizations: NAKS, Federasi fu Afrikan Srananman, CUS, NSHI, VHJI, and Committee 10 th. October.

The aim of the conference is to connect historical specificities of slavery, indentured labor and migration to contemporary issues of globalization, diaspora, identity formation, nationalism and transnationalism. At the same time the organizers want to promote new perspectives and approaches in the study of forced and free migration and their impact on the society. By bringing together scholars from various parts of the world — senior scholars as well as new promising talents — they hope to stimulate exchange of ideas, set up new networks and strengthen existing networks.

Central theme: Linking slavery, indentured labor and migration to contemporary issues
Publication: A selection of papers will be published by the University of Suriname.
Language: The conference language will be English.

People who want to participate in the conference without presenting a paper, are welcome.

Registration fee:
• US$ 100,-
• US$ 125,- for non-presenters.
All participants will receive a set of papers on CD-Rom.

Venue: The venue of the conference is Stardust Hotel, located in Leonsberg, in the northern part of the capital city of Paramaribo.

Conference Secretariat: Coordinator
IMWO, Anton de Kom University of Suriname
Maurits S. Hassankhan
POB 9212, Paramaribo, Suriname
Phone: (597) 462003;