2020 ACMRS Conference: Unfreedom

Call for Papers: Unfreedom

Unfreedom marked the lives of various people in the premodern world. Many factors played a role in shaping the forms of unfreedom prevalent in the premodern era: violence and coercion; shame and dishonor; disconnection of kin groups and destruction of social networks; and individual and collective strategies for economic, political, and social success that depended on the subjection of others. This year’s conference will focus on those whose status was defined primarily in terms of unfreedom, coercion, and constraint rather than the enjoyment of freedoms or privileges, including but not limited to slaves, serfs, captives, prisoners, pledges, hostages, and forced marriage or concubinage. We welcome panels and papers that theorize and/or historicize the status of unfreedom in medieval and renaissance contexts.
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Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until midnight, Mountain Standard Time on November 1st, 2019. Please submit an abstract of 250 words and a brief CV to [email protected]. Proposals must include audio/visual requirements and any other special requests; late requests may not be accommodated.

Information for Presenters
All sessions are 90 minutes long. In a session of papers, 60 minutes should be taken up by the papers themselves, and 30 minutes by introductions, distribution of handouts, final AV preparations, and discussion.
• In a session of 3 papers, each paper should be limited to 20 minutes.
• In a session of 4 papers, each paper should be limited to 15 minutes.
• In a session of 2 papers, speakers may be allowed 30 minutes for their papers

All of the spaces in which our professional meetings extend are expected to remain professional, and the values of respect, equity, and nondiscrimination are of paramount importance. We ask that attendees conduct themselves in the conference rooms, over coffee, or over drinks in a professional manner. All attendees should aspire to treat each other as having an equally valuable contribution to make.