3-Day Conference on Interpreting and Representing Slavery

March 12, 2018

IATH will participate in the Conference on Interpreting and Representing Slavery, to be held March 19-21 at the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. The conference is sponsored by Monticello, UVA, and, in collaboration with the United National Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Slave Route Project: Resistance, Liberty, and Heritage, the United States Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS). It will examine how museums, historic site curators, cultural heritage organizations, and communities represent the history and legacies of the slave trade, slavery, and emancipation. The program will include the global impact of the slave trade and the legacies of slavery; best practices for representing and interpreting slavery from different regions of the world; the roles of the arts, humanities, and multimedia technology for interpreting and representing the memory and history of slavery; and opportunities and possibilities for partnerships among participants and with the UNESCO Slave Route Project.

On Tuesday, March 20, as part of the UVA portion of the conference, the UVA Library's Scholars' Lab will host a public poster poster session and demonstrations of several digital projects that have related technology and subject matter to the conference. JUEL (Jefferson's University, the Early Life) and the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS), both collaborations with IATH, will display research looking at the use of enslaved labor in both the construction and daily life UVA and Monticello.

There also will be a free public forum on March 21, from 11-1 at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, in which panelists from countries and organizations involved in the UNESCO Slave Route Project will share real world examples and examine the impact of various historical sites, museums and memorials.