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Advance Information: 47th Annual ACH Conference,
Nassau, Bahamas, 2015

The 47th Annual Conference of the Association of Caribbean Historians will be held in Nassau, Bahamas, from Sunday, May 17 to Friday, May 22, 2015. Registration will open early afternoon on Sunday, and sessions will begin later that day. The conference fête, our annual dinner and dance—which is highly recommended and a central feature of this organization—will be Thursday evening, May 21.

An optional field trip to Clifton Heritage Park, featuring Lucayan and Loyalist ruins, as well as nature trails, a wetlands conservatory, and a lovely beach, is scheduled for Friday, May 22. Please make your travel plans accordingly.

CONFERENCE VENUE AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Most conference activities will be held on the campus of The College of the Bahamas, at the Performing Arts Centre and Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre. The main conference hotel, the British Colonial Hilton, Nassau, is set on the edge of the Harbour on New Providence, just a short walk from downtown Nassau, the Bay Street Straw Market, restaurants, and other attractions. Information about how to make a reservation will be posted on the ACH website as soon as it is available.

The Local Organizing Committee is also researching additional hotels near the Hilton at different price points. This information will likewise be posted as soon as available. For more information about the British Colonial Hilton, Nassau and its amenities, see: http://www.bchiltonnassauhotel.com/

CALL FOR PAPERS:

The ACH is pleased to receive paper and panel applications for next year’s conference. Members suggested several themes at this year’s Annual General Meeting in Martinique. While papers on these ideas are encouraged, applicants are welcome to submit proposals about other subjects or ideas. Instructions for submitting paper and panel proposals appear on the following pages. Suggested themes included:

“Reparations for Slavery”
“Histories of Citizenship in Haiti and the Dominican Republic”
“Piracy and Contraband Trade”
“Race and Ambiguity”
“Creole Languages in the Pan-Caribbean”
“Poor Law and Welfare Reform”
“Towns and Cities”
“Indigenous Societies and Free People of Color in the Caribbean and Guyanas”
“The Impact of the Congress of Vienna”
“North American-Caribbean Economic Relations”
“Health and Culture”
“Methodology of Caribbean Studies”
“Diasporic Communities of the Americas”



Michelle Craig McDonald, Secretary-Treasurer, Association of Caribbean Historians: achsecretary@gmail.com.