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Collegium for African American Research (CAAR)

Tours France, 2005
The Black World: INNERSpace:INNERCity:InterAction:InterNation

Conference Information

The venue for CAAR’s 2005 conference will be the campus building on the Loire River, southwest of Paris, about one hour from the Montparnasse railway station by high speed train.  The conference will be hosted in the Tanneurs Campus, built on the left bank of the river between the Wilson and Napoléon bridges.  This is in the downtown section with any number of hotels, eating places and restaurants within walking distance.  The campus itself is about 15 minutes’ walk from the SNCF rail station.

As a historic city, Tours is a major tourist resort.  Participants are advised to book their hotel rooms at least a month or so ahead.  Information on the town is available at : http://www.tours.fr.  On the homepage, clicking on the "Ligéris" button will lead to the Tourist Office site that will guide you in several languages.  The home page can also lead you to a town map by clicking on "Plan de la Ville".  Typing your hotel address will point out the exact spot on the map.  Other city maps are accessible at: http://www.sosdriver.fr/pratique/flash/plan_int_tours.htm which provides a broad idea of the city’s layout or http://www.plandetours.com, which provides a user friendly street index.  There also exists an unofficial commerce- oriented site at http://www.ville-tours.com.

A conference mail address will be accessible in due time at caar2005@univ-tours.fr.  Until then, please contact Claude Julien at claude.julien37@wanadoo.fr.

Click here for information regarding 26 workshops approved for Tours as of November 6, 2004.

Here follows our preliminary schedule: 

Wednesday, 20 April, 2005

·         14:00-17:00 Registration

·         evening (depending on requests: a guided walk through the city (5 Euros)). 

Thursday, 21April, 2005

·         09:00-11:00 Executive Committee Meeting

·         09:00-11:00 Registration

·         11:00-12:00 Keynote address

·         14:00-18:00 Workshops

·         Evening Reception at Town Hall (official opening of the conference)

·         Film (a week-long African American film festival in town is being planned.)  

Friday, 22 April, 2005

·         09:00-12:00 Workshops

·         14:00-18:00 Workshops

·         Evening  Film

Saturday, 23 April, 2005

·         09:00-12:00 Keynote address

·         10:00-12:00 CAAR assembly

·         14:00-18:00 Workshops

·         Evening Banquet

Sunday, 24 April, 2005

Visiting: Guided tours, such as coach trips to surrounding castles, etc, will be advertised from the "Ligèris" button. 

Conference Poster/Logo

see separate file

Past CAAR Conferences

2003 Winchester, England

The African Atlantic: The Making of the Black Diaspora


2001 Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy

CrossRoutes: The Meanings of Race for the 21st Century


1999 Münster, Germany

Black Liberation in the Americas


1997 Liverpool, England 

Mapping African America


1995 Tenerife, Spain

Transatlantic Passages


Conference Registration Form
   (.pdf) – Adobe Acrobat Format

Registration Instructions (.pdf)

Transportation and Accommodations 

Conference Schedule (.pdf)

Conference Workshops 
   View 1 (.pdf)
   View 2 (.pdf)
Activities for Partners (.pdf)

Conference Directory (.pdf)

Poster (.pdf)