Registration is now open for the one-day conference, “Diverse Unfreedoms and their Ghosts”, scheduled for Friday, March 31st.  The conference will examine relationships between diverse unfreedoms (such as slavery, imprisonment, captivity, serfdom, domestic service, caste, etc.) as people understand and negotiate them, in autobiographic narratives, fiction, course cases, disputes, etc.; transitions between social institutions and practices of unfreedom; aspirations for freedom and the kind of utopian futures that are proposed as part of them; and the legacies, echoes, and traces of unfreedom in a context of “freedom.”   

Orlando Patterson, a historical and cultural sociologist who is a John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, will be the keynote speaker.

This event is sponsored by the Graduate School–Camden, the Africana Studies Program, the Liberal Studies Program, and the Departments of Childhood Studies, English, History, and Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice.

Questions regarding the conference should be directed to