Monday, 26 September 2011

Association of Caribbean Historians 44th Annual Conference: Curaçao, 2012

ACH 44th Annual Conference: Curaçao, 2012

The 44th Annual Conference of the Association of Caribbean Historians will be held in Willemstad, Curaçao from Sunday, May 13 to Friday, May 18, 2012. Registration will open on Sunday afternoon and sessions begin Monday morning.


All conference sessions will be held at the Renaissance Curaçao Resort and Casino, a Mariott Hotel, where a special rate is being negotiated for ACH attendees. Newly built, this hotel features modern, colorfully designed rooms, spacious balconies in all ocean- and island-side hotel rooms, high speed Internet access in all guest rooms, and wireless internet in public areas. Built within and around the fascinating Rif Fort—a nineteenth-century landmark designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site—Renaissance Curaçao is within easy walking distance of a variety of boutiques, cafés, bars and restaurants.

Hotel amenities include an on-site pool as well as access to the Infinity Beach Club. Updates about reservations and rates will be posted on the ACH website as soon as they become available. In the meantime, please visit the hotel website for information about services and amenities:

The Executive Committee is pleased to receive paper and panel applications for next year’s conference. Members suggested a number of themes at this year’s Annual General Meeting in Puerto Rico. While papers on these ideas are encouraged, please note that applicants are welcome to submit proposals about other subjects or ideas. Instructions for submitting paper and panel proposals appear on the following page. Suggested themes included:

•“The Indigenous Caribbean”
•“Caribbean Universities”
•“Medical Biographies”
•“The Guyanas from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century”
•“The Press in the Caribbean”
•“The Ocean from the Seventeenth through the Twentieth Century”
•“Archives and Digitization”
•“Circulation of the Press and Books in the Caribbean”
•“Afro-Caribbean Entrepreneurs”
•“Jews in the Caribbean, Seventeenth to Nineteenth Century”
•“Caribbean Independence Movements”
•“Slavery in the Dutch Antilles”
•“Vernacular Sports”
•Role of history in education
•Emancipation as an ongoing process
•Comparative studies in the Dutch Caribbean

Michelle Craig McDonald, Secretary-Treasurer, Association of Caribbean Historians:

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