Orlando or Bust! Conference Highlights from CAAR President Violet Johnson

In partnership with the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community (PEC) and the University of Central Florida (UCF), CAAR will host its 13th Biennial International Conference in Orlando, Florida from January 30 to February 2, 2019. Here are highlights to note as you plan to join us for this exciting event:

  • The deadline for the submission of abstracts has been extended to September 20, 2018. Please send individual paper or panel submissions to CAARconference@gmail.com.
  • A block of rooms at special rates have been reserved at the following hotels in the Orlando East/UCF Area (10 minutes’ drive from campus):
  • Courtyard Marriott ($139.00 a night for 1 king or 2 queen beds).
  • Town Place Suites ($149.00 a night for studio suite, including hot breakfast buffet).
  • Residence Inn ($159.00 a night for one-bedroom suite, including hot breakfast buffet).
  • Closing Banquet featuring Alice Walker, award-winning writer and activist; Zora-inspired food; and musical entertainment.
  • Keynotes by Christy Coleman, public historian and President of the American Civil War Center; and Simon Dickel, Professor of Gender and Diversity, Folkwang Universitat der Kunste, Essen, Germany and CAAR Scholar-in-Residence at UCF.
  • Concurrent Panel Sessions featuring the work of established, emerging, and independent scholars, graduate students, and activists.
  • ZORA! Festival Community Day. On Friday, February 1, CAAR will join PEC for a series of intellectually- and culturally-stimulating events in Eatonville, hometown of Zora Neale Hurston. Events include:
  • Keynotes by: Everett Fly, architect, activist and acclaimed scholar of the historic preservation of African American towns; Deborah Plant, renowned independent scholar and editor of Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon, a 2018 New York Times
  • Plenary Panel on Zora Neale Hurston in international contexts, featuring panelists: Chery Wall, acclaimed Zora Neale Hurston and Harlem Renaissance scholar; Trudier Harris, award-winning scholar of American literature and folklore; Tiffany Ruby Patterson, Zora Neale Hurston biographer and scholar of African American history and the history of the African Diaspora; and Ruthe T. Sheffey, a leading scholar in African American and women’s literature.
  • Mayor’s Reception. A reception at Orlando City Hall on Friday, February 1 to welcome CAAR conference and ZORA! Festival participants.
  • Orlando Attractions. There is always time to experience the theme parks and other city highlights that Orlando is known for around the world—Disney World; Universal Studios; and Islands of Adventure.

What a line-up! I hope you are as excited as I am. In the next week or two, information will be posted to direct you to a secure site for registration, payment of membership fees, and hotel reservation. In the meantime, please send your proposals to CAARconference@gmail.com by September 20.

Warm Regards,

Violet Showers Johnson

CAAR President

5 thoughts on “Preview of Conference Highlights”

  1. Dear Friends,
    The registration page (for conference registration fee and membership) will not let people with an address outside the United States register. I imagine other CAAR members will write to you about this. I’m hoping to be able to register soon as administrators at my university are giving me a hard time.
    I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

    1. Dear Raphaël, I just contacted our liaisons at UCF to see what’s going on here, I hope it can be fixed asap. Will keep you posted, Gundolf

      1. Dear Gundolf,

        I’m very sorry to bother you again, but I have no trace of my purchasing CAAR membership and conference registration fees (+banquet), and am now wondering whether something went wrong with the transaction. It wouldn’t be the first time between Japan and the US.

        Is there any chance you could check my status with the IT people at UCF or put me in touch with them? I tried to contact them myself but it seems impossible to reach out to them unless one is registered at UCF. I need to make sure my payment went through, and I need a receipt for my university.

        I’m looking forward to hearing from you.



    2. Raphaël, here’s their response:
      “I just had IT test the payment link and it was working fine. Please make sure the individuals are entering an address in “address 1” , “zip code” and “country”. If they fill that out, they will not be asked to select a state on the payment screen.”

      Please let me know if this works for you.

      1. Dear Gundolf,

        I’m very grateful for your help. It worked! I paid for my conference fee, CAAR membership, and banquet fee. One small problem, though: I did not receive confirmation of my payment. I wonder whether I forgot to provide my email address? At any rate, I’d be very grateful if the IT people at UCF could email me a receipt as I need to show proof of payment to my university administrators.

        Also, I’m very grateful that you guys made the conference schedule available online. I’ve downloaded it, and I’m sending it to the administrators immediately.

        Again, thanks a lot for your help.



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