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Greetings and happy new year to all! I am looking for 2 to 3 panelists to co-present with me at the 2014 Organization of American Historians annual conference in Atlanta, GA. Please see the announcement below.In 1991 the African Burial Ground was accidentally unearthed during the construction of a federal building in Manhattan, New York. The finding derailed and ultimately halted the construction. The federal government was losing thousands every day the construction was delayed and therefore eager to get back on task. African Americans in the community were outraged at the callousness of the government’s attitude. This was a remarkable discovery of not only African American history but also 17th and 18th century New York history. It caused many in the African American community to raise their voices to the voiceless – their nearly 500 African ancestors who were disregarded in life were again being disregarded in death. This led to questions regarding history, heritage, and ultimately memory. If a rare find such as this can be disregarded then whose memories are unearthed within African American cemeteries? Whose history, heritage, and memories are we disregarding? Are we disregarding memories that do not fit with a certain narrative? I am composing a panel to tackle such topics and themes. I am looking for 2 to 3 additional panelists who study cemeteries (not just African American cemeteries or just American cemeteries) and/or who research within death studies. I am hoping to find panelists who examine issues of memory, the importance of cemeteries, and how both are important to understanding our socio-historical pasts as a nation, a specific group of people, etc. In addition, I am hoping to find panelists who study cemeteries and are involved with death studies that examine: a) burial grounds as agents of freedom and autonomy; b) cemeteries as sites of memory, history, and heritage; c) grave yards as cultural spaces where race, gender, and class emerge and converge. Although, these topics are favorable, I am still open to receiving all proposals centered on cemeteries and within death studies that are outside of these issues. Please send a 100 to 200 word abstract of your proposed paper with a working title and a short bio to Kami Fletcher at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send your information by January 28th.